There’s no set path to become a presentation designer. The few of us trailblazers out there are still carving the path for those who will join us in the Presentation Revolution.
I’ve outlined in great depth tips to create an effective PowerPoint presentation, but what if you want to take it further than that? What if you wanted to be the resident PowerPoint expert in your company? Or what if you want to turn your passion for presentation design into a career?
First, bravo! The world needs more presenters and presentation designers like you.
Secondly, I’ve created a list below of 20 (ever evolving through the contributions in the comments, of course) steps you can take to become a presentation design expert. The list is not (nor will ever be) exhaustive, nor do you have to do EVERYTHING on this list to improve your presentation design skills. These are just some steps I have (and haven’t) taken to get where I am today as a presenter and presentation designer.
- Read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
- Read slide:ology by Nancy Duarte
- Read Resonate by Nancy Duarte
- Read Brain Rules by John Medina
- Read Universal Principles of Design
- Attend a presentation design workshop
- Volunteer to give educational presentations in your organization (on any topic)
- Volunteer to train others in your organization in effective presentation design techniques
- Join your local Toastmasters
- Join and upload your designs to Slideshare – encourage feedback
- Enter your PowerPoint and Keynote presentations into contests like World’s Best Presentation and Slidefest (you never know!)
- Attend a presentation conference like the Presentation Summit (I’ll be speaking there!)
- Learn alternative presentation software like Prezi, SlideRocket, and Keynote (yes, it’s not mainstream yet!)
- Volunteer to design the presentations for the conference speakers in your organization
- Visit Note and Point often and don’t let the amazing presentation discourage you!
- Research effective storytelling techniques
- Learn the art of storyboarding your ideas
- Volunteer to redesign a presentation (effectively, of course)
- Read presentation design blogs (see my blogroll) and comment with your thoughts
- Start your own blog and chronicle your journey as a presentation designer
Of course, there are countless more ways to improve and ultimately be able to call yourself the presentation expert in your company. What pathways have you taken to become a better presentation designer? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.