Microsoft Lunch Session: Presentation Design in the Copilot Era

This session is sponsored by Microsoft.

Get an inside look at how the PowerPoint team sees design of presentations evolving with AI and Copilot.

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PowerPoint Add-Ins

Are you using PowerPoint add-ins? You should be! Add-ins are third-party plug-ins that expand PowerPoint’s capabilities and solve loads of problems, for users of every skill level from beginner to advanced. There are a lot of add-ins out there including some unbelievably great free ones. But how do you know which are worth having and which are best to ignore? Industry veteran and BrightCarbon Director Richard Goring has ideas for you!

Making the Most of PowerPoint Templates

Okay, we can all admit that making PowerPoint templates makes us nervous. Can we delete that layout? How should we handle page numbers? What about the color palette? Why can’t we set a font theme on a Mac? Will the client call us up in six months saying complaining about their bullet points formatting?

Templates are admittedly a big topic, but in this session we’ll take a look at some of the major dos and don’ts as well as best practices for putting together a basic PowerPoint template.

Agile Infographics

Nowadays the ability to design professional infographics isn’t enough—you need to do it quickly and efficiently. One way to achieve this is to adopt Agile methods. This cutting-edge workshop shows step-by-step how to use Agile techniques to turn words into professional, compelling infographics quickly. Learn the proven techniques and tools the pros use to do more with less!

Storytelling in PowerPoint

Like any children’s book, engaging novel or award winning film, a good story should be the backbone of your presentation. But what separates a good story from a not-so-good one? In this session, you’ll discover the essential structure and elements you need to craft engaging and memorable stories. Then, learn how to bring your story to life with presentation techniques that make a strong emotional connection with your audience. Lastly, you’ll learn how to wrap it all up and create the storybook ending that your clients and audiences are looking for.

In this session you will learn:

  • The elements that make up a story and how to use them in any kind of presentation
  • What it takes to make a good story into a great story
  • How to use visual storytelling principles to make your presentation look and feel amazing

AI in PowerPoint

AI is everywhere these days, even in the world of presentation design—both inside PowerPoint and in dozens of standalone apps and services. Discover how to leverage AI to help you create effective presentations in record time. Streamline your process with help from AI to generate everything from a basic outline or storyboard to custom graphics and templates.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Take advantage of PowerPoint’s Copilot feature
  • Work with Designer and PowerPoint
  • Create on-brand content with a variety of tools
  • Generate text-based content
  • Use AI tools for image manipulation and layout generation

Three Minutes Max: PowerPoint

This crowd favorite is back and better than ever! Don’t miss this fun-filled, action-packed, highly educational, and mind-blowing session where each of our instructors will have just three minutes to share their favorite PowerPoint tip—then you get to vote for your favorite!

In past years, some of the best tips have been held for this session, so you don’t want to miss it!

Make it Move: Animation in PowerPoint

PowerPoint’s animation tools are incredibly powerful and capable of far more than you might expect. Veteran PowerPoint instructor Jole Simmons shares his favorite tips and tricks for bringing your deck to life with professional animation techniques.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Embrace animation and learn when it’s appropriate to use it
  • Find ways to simplify concepts by using animation
  • Learn the power of creating and using animated GIFs within PowerPoint
  • Learn how to create amazing showstopper moments using animation
  • Utilize some of PowerPoint’s rarely used animation presets to create cool effects

Slidedeck Remix: Before & After

Watch this immersive, real world, step-by-step slide deck makeover. Get practical tips, techniques, and tools you can use immediately to make professional slides quickly. Mike walks you through how he transformed a cluttered, ineffective client slide deck into a powerful and professional presentation in only 5 hours. Be even more of a superstar. Walk away with amazing slide solutions that make your job easier!

Amped Up PowerPoint: Working Smarter and Faster

In this session, Nolan will reveal his favorite time-saving tricks, secrets, and hacks for working faster and more efficiently in PowerPoint. You’ll see simple (but powerful) keyboard shortcuts, important undocumented features, even how to completely customize the PowerPoint UI. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “There has to be a better way,” this session is for you.