Five Udemy Courses that Can Improve Your Presentation Skills

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Slideshop

Do you feel like your business presentation or sales pitch slides aren’t as good as they could be? Do you sometimes think you’re guilty of spreading the dreaded death-by-PowerPoint phenomenon? Do you often end up hiring a professional designer to overhaul your slide designs?

Don’t worry. In this blog post, we’ve listed five PowerPoint courses that can get you rolling on a drive to power up your presentation skills. Udemy has been a great platform for PowerPoint masters to share their technical expertise through online courses – some paid, some for free – so we decided to highlight some that we think you’ll find most useful.

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12 Most Popular Products of 2014

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Slideshop

Before the year ends, let’s take a look at the 12 most popular slide decks of the past 12 months. This list helps us to understand what you need and to plan for the year ahead. Click the image to see all templates in the slide deck.

#12: Business Process Flat

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Ideal for presenting processes, timelines, and other factors related to a particular business, product or service Read more

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Santa Slides – Christmas Fun on Facebook

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Slideshop

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Let’s exchange gifts this Christmas!

How do we do it? Simple.

  • Have someone take a photo of you giving an actual presentation, using a customized SlideShop template. (You don’t have to buy a new template to do this; using a presentation you’ve already created is fine, as long as it’s from a Slideshop template.) Make sure the presentation screen can be seen in the shot. And you too, of course!
  • Post the photo on your Facebook account. In your caption for the posted photo, mention your reason for buying your presentation templates from Slideshop. (You can also include a link to the deck you used, if you like.)
  • Share the picture publicly so we can view it.
  • Tag Slideshop in your photo.

Here’s a caption example, just to give you an idea of what you might post:

“I wanted to present my project’s timeline to my colleagues in the most comprehensible way. I’ve had great luck with Slideshop templates in the past, so I downloaded a Gantt chart deck from their site, built my presentation, and it worked out perfectly. Here’s the deck I used:”

The first 25 customers who can do this will receive $30 worth of presentation slide templates.

Here’s how it works:

  • We will comment on your photo and share it with our Facebook followers. (By joining into this Christmas fun, you’re giving us permission to do this.)
  • We’ll ask for your email address and send specific instructions on how to claim your gift.

Please follow our Facebook page for contest updates.

So, shall we be each other’s Santa this Christmas?

Note: This contest is not sponsored, organized by or associated with Facebook.

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Advent Calendar – How Good at PowerPoint Are You?

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Slideshop

Advent Calendar has invited us to contribute to creating a free PowerPoint advent calendar. As you most probably know, an advent calendar is used to count the days in anticipation of Christmas. It is usually a large rectangular card with 24 windows – one for each day from December 1st to 24th.

Traditionally Bible verses or prayers are printed in each window, but the one we’ve made has a different twist. Before you can open a window, you need to answer the multiple choice question shown in the Ribbon. Once you have successfully unlocked all windows, you will be greeted with a Christmas message from the quiz providers. Exciting, isn’t it? Read more

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The Only Secret to Getting Featured on SlideShare

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Slideshop

With more than 50 million unique visitors each month, SlideShare has become a popular repository of content-rich presentations, available for all members to use. As of May 2013, 10 million presentations had been uploaded to the platform – a clear indicator that people do go to the website to read and be read.

If you’re an internet marketer, you can’t afford to let numbers like these go unnoticed. Where there’s crowd, there are endless opportunities to get traffic, increase your fan base, get email subscribers, and most of all, build your brand. But how exactly do you take advantage of SlideShare as a marketer? Here’s one secret: Post an amazing presentation.

Recently Slideshop has had the good fortune of having some of our presentations handpicked by SlideShare editors, to be featured on their site. We consider this quite a nice success, and we’d like to share what we think is the secret to that success – so you can get your good work featured, too.

What Makes a Good Topic?

A good topic has one or more of the following characteristics:

Timely – Trending topics always get attention. We created this presentation about ebola at a time when many, people were searching for information about this deadly disease. Result? It got featured.

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You Inc – Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Slideshop

By Sonia M. Farace, MSEL – Master of Science in Executive Leadership

Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” – Jay Danzie

Today’s marketplace is different by far from what it was few years ago. The rapid pace of evolving technologies certainly makes these exciting times. Unfortunately, many schools are failing to prepare their grads for a marketplace where many of the old rules of doing business no longer apply. Those who’ve been in the in the marketplace for years, but are now looking toward a new stage in their careers are finding out that it’s become harder to stand out from the crowd. All this brings these questions to mind: How can you efficiently develop a career in an ever-changing economy? How can you get yourself noticed and get ahead? Read more

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The Easy Secret to Engaging Your Audience

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Dan Rose Johansen

Do you know the easy secret to engage your audience? If you don’t, then watch this quick video.

How to make your audience listen from Slideshop on Vimeo.

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Why Stock Photos Make a Presenter’s Life Easier

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Slideshop

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Keeping a stock of good quality photos on file comes in very handy when it’s time to prepare for a presentation. Many speakers use visuals to avoid using too much text, and to prevent monotony. There are even times when an image alone is enough to put a message across. As you know, images can convey powerful meanings, and their emotional appeal can enhance audience learning and retention rates. Read more

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The 30 Most Important Minutes in Your Life as an Educator

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Slideshop

As an educator, you are a source of information and a learning facilitator. You design your curriculum, plan your lessons, and continuously work to perfect your delivery style and improve your performance in the classroom. You may also be expected to conduct research, contribute to policy formulation, and perform other services for your institution.

If you’ve been in the academic world for very long, you most likely understand that a teacher can never stop learning. You have to embrace each new challenge as an opportunity for growth, for the sake of your students, fellow teachers, and school. The moment you say, “I’m too good (or too old, etc.) to learn more” is the moment your effectiveness begins to decline.

To help you in expanding and sharpening your skills as an educator, we’d like to share three inspiring TED talks. We encourage you to set aside about 30 minutes to watch them – the speakers offer practical advice and healthy doses of inspiration. And these just might prove to be the 30 most important minutes of your life as an educator.

3 Rules to Spark Learning

Ramsey Musallam, a chemistry teacher, learned three lesson-planning rules out of some practical wisdom shared by his vascular surgeon. For example, he concluded that the educator’s primary role is to stir students’ curiosity.

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And Slideshop’s Halloween Treat Goes to…

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Slideshop

The long wait is over. We are finally announcing our Halloween Contest winner today!

Halloween Facebook Contest

Using a third-party app, our randomly-picked winner is Joe Pertl, and here is the winning suggestion:

Building a presentation pack that includes navigation elements from initial primary screens that can take you to multiple topics and then slides within each topic. In essence a one-stop-shop for your business that means you don’t have to stick to the normal linear PPT progression. So, you could use the same pack for different audiences/customers and change which slides are presented each time. This is because you can navigate wherever you like within the pack from buttons that are interlinked to other slides and content. Think of it like a phone switchboard network where calls can be transferred up, down, across, backwards and forwards anywhere someone needs to go in an organisation without having to hang up.

Congratulations, Joe! Please send an email to and we’ll reply with instructions for claiming your 3-month FREE membership with Slideshop, worth $299! Read more

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