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What training can I take to get better at building slides?

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The best training is looking through decks that are really good and mindfully observing what is good about them…and then copying it.


Yeah exactly how everyone learns, no one really teaches you how to do it. You just pick up on it. Also, never start from scratch lol


Is it your slides or your storytelling?

My bet is that you need to raise your storytelling skill first, as it's the difference between "pretty" and "pretty confusing".

For storytelling, just read "The Pyramid Principle" by Barbara Minto.


There’s tons of stuff on youtube. I found the channel FirmLearning to be quite helpful.


Take a Human Centered Design course/certification. That would help not just with slides but with design in general.


From what platform?

You can do it with on-the-job training.

Are we talking primarily about content or formatting? The two go together, but what are you worse at?

Content is something you get good at by rewriting every single text you produce, be it an actual slide or an internal email. Try to apply the Pyramid Principle every time you type something (start your email with THE key piece of info you want them to read/hear, context and data come after); be specific and avoid value judgements (instead of saying something is “excessive”, tell me the number).

Think about who your audience is, what they care about, why are they in the meeting, what do you need from them and let that inform every single paragraph you write in the deck.

For formatting and slide structure (and deck structure), it’s more about repetition and picking up the firm’s visual style, plus applying some Pyramid Principle to make sure you don’t lose your audience.

Leverage your firm’s timesaver deck, and any other decks that you know have good structure and formatting.

If you are in good terms with a peer or a Consultant not in your own project, maybe leverage them to critique your most important slides or a couple where you feel less confident.


Pyramid Principle is only unlocked when I can bill the time, sorry.

You ask for advice online, you get my off-the-clock ramblings 🤷🏼‍♂️


No matter how good you are, at the end of the day your manager will have their own preferences and something one loves will be boring and uninspired to the next and way to much for another.


As a professional PowerPoint Consultant, my clients have been highly impressed when I copy and paste old slide decks they use as my own and change the wording. They’re easily stunned and amazed about my effort I put into making them


Why don’t you send slides to NDPPS and see what additions they’ve made

Not a training, but check out the Consulting Scrapbook deck! 100s of great slide templates and examples.

Graphic design

LinkedIn might have some classes.

I'm ay kpmg and can help with this. DM me.

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