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

Brad Hawkes

Brad Hawkes

Brad is our Director of Brand Marketing. 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 develop their brand, create new concepts and craft quality content and get their message across. He also makes a fine cup of coffee.

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June 2, 2020 / 

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4 things to think about when using presentation images

It's been said a million times that a picture says more than a thousand words, but it's also worth pointing out that there are thousands of ways to use each picture, and how things like placement, cropping, filters and adding text can either enhance or detract both from the visual appeal and effect of the image.

It goes without saying that one of the main reasons people choose to create a presentation and not a Word doc or Excel file is so they can use photos, icons and clipart to enhance their message, so we take a look at a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind when working with presentation images. 

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May 19, 2020 / 

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3 tips for creating a quality company image bank

Setting up your company's image bank can be a pretty daunting task, and getting people to use thing is often equally difficult. In this post, we decided to do things a little differently and jump on a Microsoft Teams call with Jules, Pickit's VP of Customer Success, to get her three top tips. Watch the video to hear what she normally says to customers using Pickit to create an image library for the first time, or get a quick overview below. 

 

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May 5, 2020 / 

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10 dos and don'ts of impactful presentations

In this post, we get straight to it and list ten things to keep in mind when you're creating your next PowerPoint presentation. Follow these and you'll be well on your way to mic-dropping at work. 

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April 22, 2020 / 

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A few insights from 5 years of remote work with Pickit

If you’ve spent any time on LinkedIn lately, you’ve probably already been bombarded with advice from some of the self-proclaimed remote work gurus out there (some of whom were permanently stationed in offices just a matter of weeks ago). It's likely you've seen the long lists of remote work hacks and best practices, and you might even have another 10 tabs open with posts just like this one all lined up waiting to be read.

So why read this?!

I could give you a few reasons, but I’ll settle for two...

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April 7, 2020 / 

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Level up your video calls with virtual backgrounds

Now that many of us are working remotely, we're suddenly spending a lot more time in front of a webcam–whether it be for staff meetings, brainstorming sessions, webinars or online social events after work. For some, this new shift is a welcome opportunity to catch a glimpse of where and how our colleagues (not to mention celebrities) live. It's also a narcissist's nightmare given that our new camera-driven careers happen to coincide with some pretty out-there hairdos brought on by the sudden closure of many local beauty salons and grooming establishments.

Whichever category you belong to, we'll help you find the right image and look your best on your next Microsoft Teams call.

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April 2, 2020 / 

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7 best practices for effective remote presentations

Whether you feel like a presentation pro or you get the shakes when it’s your turn to step up for a monthly report, delivering a deck remotely is often a different animal altogether to live presenting. No more relying on stage presence, charisma, persuasive body language or your ability to work a room. And if you're more of a butterflies-on-steroids presenter, you probably think this is your ticket out; Finally, I don’t need to bother with all that empty rhetoric stuff and can get straight to business. 

Not so fast!  

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March 12, 2020 / 

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Why bother with digital asset management?

Well, if you have a company logo and at least one colleague who sometimes need to use it, technically you’re already practicing some form of digital asset management. The question is whether you’re doing it well or not.

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February 4, 2020 / 

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How to unleash creativity and ensure brand consistency

If you're anything like most brand and marketing managers, you probably get accused of being a bit of a control freak from time to time. You're constantly encouraging (read: nagging) people to use compliant, branded templates and images, and you might even be guilty of waving that beloved brand manual of yours around at team meetings reminding people to read it regularly and follow the party (company) line at all times. 

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January 22, 2020 / 

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How to stop bad presentations damaging your business

It’s said that around 35 million PowerPoints are created every single day. My guess is that at least a couple of those are at your organization. The question isn’t whether the presentation as a communication tool is still going strong or whether people are still using PowerPoint. The questions is: Are the decks any good?

 

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December 13, 2019 / 

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How to boost your brand with empowered employees

Gone are the days of the 9-5 slog. Now your employees are more than mere clock-punchers—they’re vital team members with the autonomy to make their own decisions in business. Or at least they should be.

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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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