Impactful presentations made easy

A blog about making PowerPoint great again and creating stunning presentations in minutes.

Brad Hawkes

Brad Hawkes

Brad is our Content Marketing Manager. He’s unusually keen on all things communication and has spent the last decade dabbling in digital marketing and honing his skills as a copywriter, translator, and presenter. He’s always looking for simpler, clearer ways to say things and loves helping people craft quality content and get their message across. He also makes a fine cup of coffee.

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May 22, 2019 / 

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How storytelling can make you a better presenter

We need to talk about storytelling. Why? Because people have been telling stories since the dawn of time, and according to research, it's still by far the best method there is for making a message stick. It probably won’t surprise you that our brains are wired to absorb narratives better than bullets lists and long informative texts.

So, wherever possible, try to find ways to include stories that illustrate your points. And when you can’t tell a story, you can still use story structure to help make your presentation more compelling.  We'll show you how.

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April 24, 2019 / 

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How to create impactful introductions in PowerPoint

You only get one first impression and people will decide whether or not to listen in a matter of seconds. So, instead of wasting your intro on irrelevant background info about yourself or your company, start with a bang.

In this post, we'll show you how.  

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April 17, 2019 / 

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5 easy rules for creating stunning presentations

This blog wasn’t designed with TED Talks and mainstage keynote presentations in mind as much as for ordinary people at the office; everyday presenters who want to pitch better, share ideas more clearly, and to make the most of their work.

In this post, we look at 5 easy rules to help you clean up your slides and create stunning decks that stand out and stick with the audience when you're done. 

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February 21, 2019 / 

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Are you sure your business images are legal?

It's believed that a whopping 85% of images downloaded from the internet are either unlicensed or used illegally. That’s a huge number, but you may still be asking yourself — “So what? The police won’t arrest me for using an unlicensed photo.” That may be true, but for organizations, posting copyright-infringing content can lead to expensive and time-consuming lawsuits.

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January 28, 2019 / 

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4 Steps to Creating Impactful Business Presentations

With 1.2 billion Microsoft Office users around the world and an estimated 35 million PowerPoint presentations made daily, it’s clear that the value of a good business presentation is not something to underestimate.

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December 7, 2017 / 

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Pickit teams up with FridaRit to create a new collection

If you've used Pickit Free Images recently, you might have noticed some new collections created by Pickit Community photographers Rosstek and M. Koppang.

This week we decided to mix things up a little and invite an illustrator to collaborate on a collection. Frida "FridaRit" Panoussis is a Graphic Recorder and live illustrator who earns a living summarizing and visualizing meetings and events. It's her job to capture people's words with her pen and turn them into compelling pictures, which seemed like the perfect fit for Pickit.
 

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December 4, 2017 / 

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5 design tips for creating compelling Microsoft Word documents

Every day, people all over the world are pitching ideas, putting together proposals and presenting their work. Often, countless hours go to compiling the most compelling ideas, insights, and suggested improvements, while little attention is paid to presentation. Whether its pressing deadlines or a lack of experience, people fail to package their work, so it makes it past the front door.

But in an age of images, choosing the right visual elements to complement your content is crucial.

We teamed up with our friends over at Qorus to compile some practical tips for building beautiful, compelling documents in Word for Office 365. This gives you an idea of what to expect if you download the e-book

Having a good grasp of design elements helps designers create more visually appealing work. When it comes to proposals and presentations, the more attractive your content, the better.

Here are our 5 tips for creating compelling documents: 

 

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October 9, 2017 / 

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Why free clipart doesn't make me cringe anymore

Growing up, I was always into the visual arts. Inspired by surrealists, cartoonists, and graffiti artists, I doodled my way through high school, taking extracurricular art classes whenever I had the chance. 

This was before smartphone filters and Photoshop had turned every other office worker into a shake n' bake-style creative. The area of the arts was reserved for the Cure-loving goths down the back of the schoolyard. And the hazy-eyed hippies with their handpainted schoolbags and tie-dye Hendrix shirts. The closest I ever came to digital art was when I was handed a school bulletin covered in ClipArt. 

And it made me cringe. 

 

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September 27, 2017 / 

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Pickit Wins Office App Award for 3rd Year in a Row

Forgive us for being self-indulgent, but we're pretty thrilled to hear the Pickit app has won another award this year at the Office APP Awards. The announcement was made at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, and this time we took home an award in the category Best Overall App

 

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July 21, 2017 / 

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How to create compelling Word documents in under 5 minutes

Do you spend too much time creating last-minute documents? We know the feeling, so here's 5 simple steps to help you create more compelling Word documents without hiring a designer. 

 

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Awards


Award winner for People's Choice category. 2018 Office App Awards

Award winner for Best user experience category. 2018 Office App Awards

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