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Simply Learning - design slides that really pop

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Welcome friend!
This week is all about designing slides for your presentations that look beautiful.

TECH: Use Canva to Design Your Slides
I never use PowerPoint any more.
I’ve been using Canva for years to create slides, infographics, and social media graphics. I love it.
The question I get asked most often is - how do you create great-looking graphics?
So, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks putting together a Skillshare course on how to get started with Canva. It’s the first time I’ve created a course like this.
My course has just been published, and now is the waiting game to see what people will think of it (or if anyone will watch it).
It’ll show you how to design great slides in less than an hour.
You can check it out with a free 30 day Skillshare trial using this link: https://skl.sh/3tcKtRX (if you do please leave me a review).
WRITING: How to Write a Good Lead Tweet
On the same theme…my twitter thread this week is 9 rules to create beautiful slides.
It was posted under 24 hours ago and here are the current analytics for it. It’s currently my 4th most successful thread but it’s possible it will overtake some of the others in the next few days.
Putting together threads takes a long time, but writing the lead tweet is the most important part. It’s the tweet that helps you decide whether or not you want to read on.
I drafted this lead tweet, took feedback from fellow writers about how to improve it, and that’s the end result.
With a lead tweet you want to know:
  • Who it’s for? (Anyone presenting)
  • Why you should read it? (You don’t want your presentation to be awful)
  • What you’ll get from the thread? (9 rules to follow to create great slides)
  • Also I’ve said they are ‘must follow’ so the aim is that people don’t want to miss out.
I go through this process for all my tweets to try to improve my writing.
EDUCATION: Delivering Presentations Well
There is nothing worse than watching amazingly clever people deliver terrible presentations.
The most common mistakes I’ve seen are:
  • Reading from slides
  • Not thinking about who is in audience and what they want
  • Using terrible charts and graphs that unintelligible
Don’t be that guy.
See you next week!
P.S. I’d love to hear your slide design tips.
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Tessa Davis
Tessa Davis @tessardavis

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