Founder and Chief Craftsman

Founder and Chief Craftsman

After a long career  in technology (I’m older than you are, so pay attention), I now specialize in helping companies build engaging, convincing presentations for critical business situations (see

I use this blog to post useful (and fascinating) tips and techniques as well as rants about presentations and PowerPoint.

In the “tips and techniques” posts on this blog, I assume that you know (or can figure out) the step by step details of implementing the techniques – there are lots of sources out there to tell you how to use your version of PowerPoint. My purpose is to show you what can be done and why.

If you are interested in the details, free copies of the original PowerPoint files are available for most of my posts; please use the form at the end of the post and ask for the PowerPoint file for the post.  See this page for info about these files.

Added on Aug 19 2014:

I have been quoted on 20 World-Class Presentation Experts Share Their Top Tips.  Some other world class experts have some pretty good advice, too.

Added on Mar 11 2014:

A lot of my recent posts have involved animation; this is because I think animation is an underused technique in the presentation world (as opposed to everywhere else). Of course, animation can be abused; see this post on my rationale for PowerPoint animation.

Added on Jan 21 2014:

My original intent for this blog was to publish tips and techniques as well as rants on bad PowerPoint and how to improve designs. I have discovered that my audience is more interested in tips than in my opinions on presentation design. So, I will continue to concentrate on tips and techniques rather than vent my opinion on why your presentations probably suck. (Some of the rants were pretty good, though; see this one.)

Added on Sept 24 2015:

A this point, this blog has grown to more than 100 posts. If you use “Search Powerpointy”, you will probably find more useful material related to the particular topic that lead you here. I’m also in the process of providing more links between related posts.

Added on March 14 2016:

A lot of readers have requested and received the free PowerPoint files I offer in many of my posts. You should understand that these are primarily intended to supplement the post by providing “real” examples with some details I might not have included (or explained well) in the tutorial. Although some of these can be used  directly in your presentation, others will require understanding and significant modification to be used for your purpose. That is, they are not easy-to-use “templates.” In any case, it’s ok to use these files in your work without further permission.

Added 6/20/2016:  A new website called includes valuable contributions from league-leading experts on presenting. Through some fluke, I was invited to add my own insights and responded with this gem. Check it out and also have a look at what the real experts are saying.

2 Responses to “About This Blog”

  1. 1 Mary Ann Franke December 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I’ve found your tips more useful and interesting than those found anywhere else online. Are you going to add tips for recent updates to PP, e.g., searching for “morph” got me only the “old” possibilities for morphing, not the Morph Transition available in PP 2016.

    • 2 pptcrafter December 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Mary. As soon as I can manage it, I plan to upgrade my PowerPoint version (2013) and try out these new features. By the way, I hear that the newest version will include “real” 3D.

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