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During the last few years, we’ve worked hard to create an innovative presentation design approach, with the aim of allowing everybody (not just designers) to leverage a mix of presentation design, data visualization, and communication techniques, in an effort to enhance their presentations.

All you need is a simple presentation software like PowerPoint and zero design skills to master this approach and achieve outstanding results, all in a timely manner.

Let’s improve your presentations and save your time with the MLC Learning Center!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
LEAN PRESENTATION & STORYTELLING

What to say first? The way you structure your content makes all the difference. Use storytelling to enhance your communication.

PRESENTATION DESIGN TECHNIQUE

Boost your production speed, find the most effective visualization form for your content, and conquer the audience’s attention.

VISUAL
COMPOSITION

Pull all the design techniques together to create compelling visuals and effective layouts for your presentations.

PRESENTING DATA

Charts and tables are a predominant component of every business presentation nowadays. Learn how to communicate effective stories crafting your data into effective layouts.

PRESENTATION DELIVERY

People make the difference, not their slides! Learn to communicate emphatically with your audience, and influence the decision patterns of their experiences.

PRESENTATION RESOURCES

Invaluable resources at your disposal for free to improve the effectiveness of your presentations.


« MAKE THE PRESENTATION YOUR AUDIENCE NEEDS »

Maurizio La Cava

LEAN APPROACH & STORYTELLING

Why do some speakers inspire us, and others go unnoticed? 

Having good slides is a must, but it’s not enough! You need to build a story behind your messages. The magical communication power of stories resides in their special structure.

Learn how to embed storytelling into your presentations and how to craft outstanding hooks to capture the audience’s attention from the first word.

How to sell a presentation

Presentations are everywhere, they are present on many occasions and transversal to many professions. The problem is that many of the presentations that are part of our daily lives often do not work…Read more

Effective storytelling techniques for presentation [real case study]

Stories fascinate the human mind. We follow stories 24/7: when going to watch a movie, when we read, or when we listen to how the week of our friends went. Learn how to leverage storytelling structures to enhance your communication…Read more

The Ultimate Startup Pitch structure to present your idea and get funded

What are the consequences of failing your next investor pitch? What happens, if you keep failing to get your startup funded? How many more startup pitch presentations can you afford to fail? Persuading investors through a startup pitch…Read more

CORPORATE TRAINING

Bring the culture of Lean Presentation Design into your organization: create effective presentations in half the time.


Your team will learn how to easily structure content into an effective storyline, persuade the audience and drive concrete action, master PowerPoint secrets and present data turning charts and tables into compelling visual stories.

PRESENTATION DESIGN TECHNIQUE

Presentations have the power to print your messages onto the audience’s mind.

Visual communications are more likely to be remembered than words. Images create emotions and expand the reach of your speech. A presentation is the natural extension of a speaker, but we often see boring slides that distract the audience from the speaker and trigger sleep.

Learn how to master visual engineering techniques to craft powerful presentations for your next speech.

My 12 secrets to make a presentation look consistent​

I’m sure there are a few keywords that pop into your mind when you hear the word “presentations“: last minute, rushing, creating new layouts, assembling slides from existing presentations…Do not worry, it is the same for everybody. We are always called to…Read more

PowerPoint icons: The complete guide to using presentation ions​

One of the most powerful tools, easily accessible to everyone working with presentations today, is icons.

Learn how to visualize abstract concepts with the help of icons, where to source free icons, and how to easily implement them in PowerPoint…Read more

Slide Master PowerPoint: The complete guide to make the best use of it​

How often do you receive slides from colleagues and waste entire days formatting them together? How many times have you tried to reduce the size of a presentation, unable to figure out why it was so heavy? I created Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Master tutorial on how to solve these problems…Read more

10 PowerPoint Hacks you've never heard of

When you are working, one of the most important things is to be fast and productive. With time and experience, I have learned countless functions, generally by working directly on PowerPoint presentations. Thanks to this article, you will be able to know all the PowerPoint tricks that will save you a lot of time…Read more

How to use free images for PowerPoint presentations: the definitive guide

Do you think using free images for PowerPoint presentations facilitates the understanding of a concept for your audience?  For now, we agree that images are an excellent communication tool. It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but have you ever wondered why?…Read more

How to make images transparent in PowerPoint

You might know how to apply transparency to the shapes, but how do you make images transparent in PowerPoint? There is a little trick that allows you to take advantage of the transparency function of the shapes that you learnt. Let’s try to reconstruct a well known graphic effect: superposition of formulas…Read more

How to compress images n PowerPoint

Using images in high definition is essential to create a high-quality presentation but the images take up more memory and weight your PowerPoint, so you can no longer send the presentation by email and you have to send it via sites.

Alternatively, there is a solution if you know how to compress images in PowerPoint by reducing the resolution…Read more

Semantic resonance: choose the right image for your presentation

Knowing how to choose the right image for your presentation is one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of presentation design. I propose an enigma: what happens with the next slide?… Read more

Pictures for a PowerPoint presentation: where to source them for free

Where do you find the images for PowerPoint presentations? If the answer is the Google images, don’t worry, you are not alone! Would you bet you knew how to use Google images properly?

I’ll take you through a few tricks but before we do that, let me share with you the tool that I really use when I have to find HD, free pictures for a PowerPoint presentation I care of…Read more

How to effectively add text to images in PowerPoint

According to the famous “Double-coding theory”, the human brain remembers memories more easily when they have a double coding thanks to multiple mental representations.

Working with images and text will require a double effort from the audience, will you be able to manage that effectively?…Read more

Images formats for presentations: JPEG vs PNG vs GIF

Not all the image files are the same.

I would like to share with you the three image formats I use in my presentations to understand what the main differences are and when to use one over another…Read more

Crop images in PowerPoint like a Pro

Did you notice that when you import images into PowerPoint, they are disproportionate in size compared to the slide? How do you change the size of an image without distorting it?

Learning how to crop images in PowerPoint will enable you to manage the space on your slides and keep the images the right proportions…Read more

The 3 key functions of images in PowerPoint presentations

In my experience, there are 3 reasons why I suggest you to visualize the concepts in your presentations. The images allow your audience to immediately understand your message. Images have the power to excite people and the moments in which we get excited are imprinted in our lives. Images can inspire people…Read more

How to create a corporate PowerPoint template

Many companies use a corporate PowerPoint template for internal and external presentations. This allows you to work efficiently and communicate consistently with the brand guidelines.

With a corporate PowerPoint template, you will increase your productivity, learn how to make one…Read more

Why the corporate PowerPoint template fails and how to make it work

The corporate PowerPoint template should enable consistent brand communication and save time for people who make presentations.

However, if people don’t like it, they won’t use it, communication will lose consistency and people will waste a lot of time…Read more

MLC PRESENTATION FREE RESOURCES PORTAL

Do you need various images for your presentation? Or maybe icons in the same style? Flags of countries? Or simply some templates to start your presentation? 

We get you covered!

You can have all of these for free, using MLC Presentation Resources Portal.

VISUAL COMPOSITION & APPLICATIONS

Working in complex organizations nowadays requires you, as a professional, to present projects and influence corporate stakeholders by communicating abstract business concepts.

The way you visualize ideas can win or lose the attention of people.

Learn how to use presentation design to compose powerful slides.

Neuro Presentation Design: how eye path control can dramatically improve your presentations

In an effective presentation, the audience’s eyes should focus on the speaker and only have a glance at the slides. 

Learn how to make effective PowerPoint presentations that stick to the audience’s mind…Read more

Slidesumé: why hiring managers will never choose your resumé

Have you ever sent your resumé applying for a job opportunity and you didn’t get answered? Don’t worry, this is very likely for most of us. It is estimated that resumé applications have a 2% conversion rate. Therefore, you get interviewed once every 50 applications. To solve this problem, you need to…Read more

Creating an effective presentation in PowerPoint with the Rule of Thirds

Are these slides too full? Isn’t there a trick for creating an effective presentation in PowerPoint that I could easily implement?

Maybe you’re aware of overfilling your slides, but you’re wondering, “How can I not include all this information? It is too important!”…Read more

DESIGN AGENCY
We turn your business ideas into impactful presentations. Whether you need to create a presentation from scratch or to enhance an existing one, we can support you.
CHARTS & TABLES FOR PRESENTATIONS

Nowadays, it’s easier for everybody to generate charts and tables to display figures that support your message.

However, making them in a way that they work and persuade the audience is a different job.

Learn how to choose the best data visualization tool for every occasion and make stories around your numbers to make them stick to the memory of people.

How to create a Timeline in PowerPoint

PowerPoint timelines are a common feature of any business presentation. Here is how to create an effective timeline in PowerPoint…Read more

PowerPoint table of contents: how to create it

The PowerPoint table of Contents is often used to give order and structure to the presentation…Read more

A definitive guide to effectively presenting data in PowerPoint

Learn how to effectively present data in PowerPoint, dissecting numeric information, visualizing figures, optimizing tables and charts in the most efficient way…Read more

A definitive guide to creating a Gantt Chart in PowerPoint

Gantt is a powerful tool to organize activities, identify any delays, and monitoring upcoming deadlines.

Learn how to use the Gantt chart effectively and create outstanding PowerPoint presentations…Read more

How to create cool PowerPoint tables

We all face the dreaded issue of presenting a full load of data organized into an awful table, often coming from Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word.

Especially if you work in business, you will always need to present performance updates, data and market analysis, etc. How do you turn awful tables in powerful slides?…Read more

Lean presentation Design Book
LEAN PRESENTATION DESIGN BOOK
We founded the methodology we teach.

Change your audience’s mind and become a true leader. Exploit advanced design techniques without necessarily being a designer. Make presentations twice as fast as you do today.
PRESENTATION DELIVERY

Giving a presentation means establishing a dialogue with your audience. 

The goal is to influence people to do something they would have done differently. 

Through successful presentations, you can influence people to change their behavior.

Presentation Hook examples: The 13 most successful presentation hook ideas ever

Wouldn’t it be great if every single person who attends your presentation got excited at your speech and stayed tuned until the end, focusing on you the entire time? It would be great, but how hard is it to achieve?…Read more

How to present a project effectively

If you’re wondering how to present a project, it means that your “baby” has finally reached that necessary stage of maturity that needs to be shared with others…Read more

How to make a remote presentation effective

Often, presentations are used as a pre-read a document to prepare for the meeting where they will be shared. 

I would like to focus your attention on online presentations made in video conferences. How to make them effective?…Read more

8 presentation mistakes to avoid at all costs

You’re going over your next presentation and you can’t have anything going wrong. But it all can go wrong in a short time and there are many pitfalls waiting for you as a speaker.  

What are the typical mistakes to avoid during a presentation?… Read more

Business Presentations: The ultimate guide to creating modular & effective slides

Your business presentation is your organization’s first calling card. An effective business presentation starts by generating interest, talking to people, and is never self-referential. You can use the Lean Presentation Strategy Canvas to structure the storyline of your business presentation…Read more

Virtual presentations: the definitive guide

Virtual presentations are now part of our daily routine. 

Delivering an effective virtual presentation requires the ability to control your own performance, an in-depth knowledge of video conferencing and PowerPoint tools, the ability to …Read more

How to create effective hybrid PowerPoint presentations

Hybrid presentations are already happening all over the world, and there will soon be a lot of attention on this topic. It would certainly seem that hybrid presentations are the new frontier and, from a certain point of view, a great new challenge for presenters…Read more

MLC SELF-PACED ECOURSE

Create effective presentations in PowerPoint in half the time.

Persuade your audience to take a decision and act upon your ideas crafting effective presentations.

PRESENTATION RESOURCES

When crafting presentations, going fast is just not enough! Every second is crucial to the cost you generate and, after all, to your lifestyle balance.

Various shortcuts, customized quick access toolbars, and advanced PowerPoint add-ins are powerful tricks to boost your effectiveness.

Learn how to achieve super-fast speeds and take your PowerPoint to the next level.

Design slides +300% faster with MLC PowerPoint Add-in

Did you know you can add additional functionality to PowerPoint using a MLC PowerPoint Add-in?

Let me illustrate why this is important and how it could save you a significant amount of time. …Read more

3 PowerPoint Add-ins that will save you 50% of your time

Have you ever thought about how much time you invest in presentations? You will discover that you waste a lot of time on PowerPoint because of the tool itself.

Ever wonder how many clicks you spend on each action? Thinking about the number of clicks per action is what has led to the development of tools that complement the operation of software like PowerPoint. …Read more

The ultimate guide to creating a brilliant startup pitch presentation

Pitching is the second hardest task of entrepreneurs launching a start-up, after creating something people really want.

Pitching has become extremely competitive and the funding sizes are smaller. If you can’t afford to fail your next pitch, to make an effective an convincing presentation for your investors you have to…Read more

Presenter view: how to enable it using Clickshare

How important is it for you to have your next slide in your field of view during a presentation? How much should you leverage the Presenter View of PowerPoint to look natural and to avoid turning back to your slides during your speech? At the end of this article, you will be able to…Read more

POWERPOINT ADD-IN

Advanced PowerPoint Add-in: skyrocket your productivity and get beautiful slides done in minutes!

From presentation makers to presentation makers, MLC PowerPoint Add-in is a proven tool to speed up your recurrent tasks in PowerPoint and get faster team results while maintaining incredible accuracy level.

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