Podcast release

A new episode of The Presentation Podcast releases today! We have a great conversation about accessibility, and using PowerPoint for accessible presentations. One definition of accessibility is “…making information, activities, and/or environments sensible, meaningful, and usable for as many people as possible.”. For us in the presentation world, accessibility is a consideration for slide design. And slide design can address accessibility categories of contrast, font size, captioning, screen reader setup, alt text, and much more. But the real question is, are there tools within PowerPoint to enable presentation designers to make a presentation accessible? This episode of The Presentation Podcast we are joined by Stephy Hogan a great conversation about presentation design with accessibility considerations.

Listen here!

By |2022-06-20T18:53:22-07:00June 21st, 2022|Resource/Misc|

Talking about The Present to Succeed Conference on the latest Presentation Podcast episode

The 2nd annual Present to Succeed conference was April 7-8, 2022. This fully online conference’s tagline is, “a lineup of world-class speakers you can’t find anywhere else.” This episode we have coordinated the global time zones and have a great conversation with Boris Hristov about the Present to Succeed conference.

Listen here.

By |2022-06-07T08:01:42-07:00June 7th, 2022|Resource/Misc|

New Presentation Podcast Episode!

What’s it like to design presentations on the Mac? Longtime Mac users Jole Simmons and Mike Parkinson join Nolan for a conversation about the good, the bad, and the ugly on using PowerPoint and Keynote and Google Slides on a Mac. What are the disadvantages and what are the advantages to Windows? Is the animation timeline really that important? Is it more expensive or less? And how does Keynote stack up next to PowerPoint?

Listen here.


By |2022-05-14T15:32:57-07:00May 17th, 2022|Resource/Misc|

Presentation Podcast Release

This episode has a backstory. As projects continue to spin up with wonderful client requests, internally at TLC Creative Services, we have been revisiting our rate sheet, project timelines and project terms. The Presentation Podcast’s focus on the business of presentation design is a great resource, that I found myself (Troy Chollar) using. This episode we revisit a conversation Sandy, Nolan and myself had back in 2017 were we discuss presentation project Deposits, Terms and Rates. Virtually every part of the conversation is relevant today, so much so that it is worth bringing back to the surface episode 28 and hopefully encouraging you to evaluate your project options and assuring things are advantageous for both sides of the project; the designer and recipient. Enjoy.

Listen to the conversation here.

By |2022-05-01T18:12:45-07:00May 3rd, 2022|Resource/Misc|

Open PowerPoint in Safe Mode

Working on a Teams based presentation, PowerPoint (the full desktop app) became “stuck” when opening the presentation. Rather than restart the computer and clear whatever was caught in memory I opted to restart PowerPoint in safe mode. Safe mode is opening an application without add-ins, web-based features and other things that are often the cause of PowerPoint crashing.

On a Windows computer, open the search bar and enter “powerpnt /safe” (yes, PowerPoint is spelled wrong, and note the space). Click the top search result.

PowerPoint opens in a bland colorless UI. Note the file name has “Safe Mode” next to it, indicating this is a very limited feature option for PowerPoint. Limitations include:

  • No QAT
  • No add-ins (installed or web-based)
  • The ribbon is the default layout, no customizations are loaded
  • Features like auto-correct are not available
  • The Recent files and pinned files are not available

No guarantees using Safe Mode will solve issues, but if you need it, it is an option. Also, same process works for Word, Excel, Outlook.

Troy @ TLC

By |2022-03-19T10:07:28-07:00April 7th, 2022|Resource/Misc|
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