Top 5 PowerPoint Design Tips for Trainers

It’s indispensable, it’s maddening. It’s revolutionary, it’s boring. It’s every training designer’s best friend and worst enemy — PowerPoint. Love it or hate it, PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used tools for corporate trainers. But, as is the case with any such tool, its value lies in how its used. With that in

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10 Ways to Spot a Lame Corporate PowerPoint Template

This post first appeared on Brent Dykes’ blog, PowerPoint Ninja. If you work at a company with more than 100 people, you probably have an official corporate PowerPoint template. If you work in a company with more than 1,000 people, you probably don’t know the designer who created your presentation template. There’s a good chance

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Three Essential Tips for New Online Training Designers

One of the biggest challenges online training developers have is that they often have no background in online training. Online training is very different than face-to-face training, yet many classroom trainers inherit the online learning developer role simply because their organization has decided to begin offering online training. This is further complicated by the various

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Training Lessons from Seinfeld: Lesson #1 – Embrace Your Creativity

Recently, I stumbled upon Bill Gammell’s ebook on marketing lessons learned from Seinfeld. Because of Seinfeld’s pop-culture resonance, I’ve been mulling over the idea of a Seinfeld-themed post for a while now – but I’d never taken the time to conceptualize it. Thankfully Bill’s ebook demonstrated not only how to make some meaningful connections between Seinfeld and the world of marketing, but how to do so in a way that was surprising and fun. It got me thinking: Are there any meaningful training lessons to be learned from Seinfeld?

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Design Tutorial, Part 2: How to Create Your Own iPad-Themed e-Learning Course (+ Free Template!)

I recently shared some insights I’ve had on the usability of the iPad and walked you through the steps for creating your own iPad/iPhone-inspired app icons in PowerPoint. In this post, I’ll show you how I created an iPad-themed backdrop in PowerPoint. I’ll also show you how I’ve applied this design to one of my courses and in the process, elevated the presentation from a cool visual gimmick to user-friendly, intuitive interface.

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