When communicating your ideas or significant data through PowerPoint, it is essential that your presentation clearly articulates your points. PowerPoint templates can be visually distracting and obscure valuable insights when used incorrectly. Creating your own template allows you to customize a presentation that specifically targets your audience and embodies visual integrity.
Reading reports are a summary of the most valuable points of your PowerPoint presentation that you can send out to key stakeholders after a presentation or in place of a presentation. Using PowerPoint slides to develop a report allows you to easily manipulate images or content to create a visually appealing summary of your presentation for key decision-makers.
In this course, you will discover the visual design principles and content guidelines necessary to curate a professional PowerPoint presentation or reading report. This will first involve developing your own PowerPoint template using the visual standards that specifically target your audience. You will have the opportunity to develop two supporting PowerPoint slides with appropriate message titles and visual evidence such as charts, graphs, photographs, or artistic elements. You will explore the structural components used in PowerPoint presentations to create a sound structure that guides your audience through your points seamlessly. Finally, you will convert two existing PowerPoint slides into a compelling and professional one-page report.
Students will require access to Microsoft PowerPoint in order to successfully complete this course.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Leverage design principles to create an effective PowerPoint presentation template
Use appropriate message headings and visual evidence
Create a sound structure
Convert a PowerPoint presentation into a one-page reading deck report
Lecturer, Assurance of Learning Director, Hotel School Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
Andrew Quagliata is a lecturer in management communication at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. He teaches a first-year business communication course, an upper-level persuasive communication class, and Communication for Entrepreneurs. He is the faculty sponsor of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship Annual Pitch Deck Competition.
Quagliata holds a PhD in organizational communication from the University at Buffalo. His research interests include communication pedagogy, entrepreneur communication, and the relationship between communication and career success.
He has held professional positions in finance and higher education.
Who Should Enroll
Business and data analysts
Managers and executives
Anyone who works with data
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