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In this Episode of What’s the Point of that slide, we look at tackling a MONSTER of decision tree and look at the Ruler Test and some other PowerPoint tricks for quickly turning the slide into something presentable.

In this episode I also show off some cool PowerPoint tools and PowerPoint resources including the Office Timeline+ add-in (https://www.officetimeline.com/) and I show off the Morph transition with a cool slide deck that I borrowed from the Spicy Slide pack (https://nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com/spicypresentations/the-spicy-slide-pack/).

I forgot to mention in the video itself, but that world map was made using hyperlinks to create the click effect to navigate through the deck.

Check out the video and let me know what you think of this episode! This is still an experimental YouTube series, so your opinion counts.
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This is the 2nd Episode of What’s the Point of That Slide?! Which is exactly what every slide needs, a point!

To download the slides from episode 2, click the link below:
http://bit.ly/episode2slides

In episode #1 you learned two different pie chart tricks for sorting through your data and drilling down to a point using (1) the Rule of Twos and (2) Going Doughnut. The ending result was cool little info-graphic-like icons for your side.

Click the link below to check out episode #1:
https://youtu.be/z8mjpEfU8gc

Here in episode #2 we are going to finish off the pie chart we started and look at adding the Data Viz secret ingredient that all but ENSURES you have a point in your slide…

And the Pie Chart secret that most people forget in their data visualizations is context.

In this episode you will learn about the 3 types of context you can add to your slides and see examples of how this simple presentation trick adds clarity to your message by forcing a point.

You will also learn another simple rule when dealing with context, which is:

The Magic is in the Middle

This simple rule opens up a whole can of worms (the good kind) when it comes to data visualizations. It also proves why I don’t typically like using pie charts in the first place.

This again is an experimental PowerPoint training series as voted by the Nuts and Bolts Speed Training community. At this time, I’m only committing to 6 episodes…

So if you find this video helpful and want to see more of them, let me know in the comments section below.
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Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline

This is formatting trick #5 of this Office Timeline Gantt chart and timeline formatting series. How to quickly export your graphic as a PowerPoint table that you can incorporate back into your layout.

And this specific trick really highlights just how versatile the add-in is and why it’s the fastest way that I know of to build Gantt charts and timelines in PowerPoint.

You are bound to have a boss, client or colleague that eventually requests your Office Timeline graphic in a table format, right? Which makes sense. In this series we started with an Excel spreadsheet, turned it into a visual graphic in PowerPoint and following all of the adjustments you make, someone might want to put it back into Excel.

See turning the Excel spreadsheet into a PowerPoint graphic below.
https://youtu.be/M8JV_evmMRU

Thankfully, the Office timeline makes this an EASY request to fill. Watch the video above how to quickly flip your graphic into a table that you can then reincorporate into your presentation.

The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the backend - which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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This is formatting trick #3 of this Office Timeline Gantt chart and timeline formatting series. Quickly adding and removing vertical and horizontal connector lines within your graphic.

When you start with your Office Timeline graphic, you will have vertical or horizontal connector lines depending on which of the formatting styles you originally started with.
You might be tempted to just select and delete the lines that you don’t want, but please don’t do that. These are one of the objects that you need to use the dialog boxes to add or remove.

And remember, depending on whether you want all of your vertical or horizontal connector lines added or removed, you need to navigate to the correct dialog box.

The Style’s dialog box is where you want to make your macro level changes (adding or removing all of the connect lines).

The Task Pane is where you want to make the micro level changes, so adding or removing a connector line to a specific task.
Choosing the right dialog box though, the graphic will automatically update your graphic for you, which is very cool and why we love it!

The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the backend - which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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This is formatting trick #2 of this Office Timeline Gantt chart and timeline formatting series. Quickly changing the shapes and positions of the objects within your graphic.

For example: Let’s say that you don’t want your milestone shapes as diamonds, or you don’t want your tasks as rectangles?
Well instead of inserting new objects or even selecting them and editing your shapes position (another trick not a lot of people know about), the add-in will automatically do it for you.

The strategic point here is to recognize whether you want to change ALL of your shapes, or just a single shape. What I call Macro and Micro level edits.

The add-in can do both for you, you just have to navigate through the correct dialog boxes so you don’t get yourself messed up.
The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the backend - which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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In this episode of What's the Point of that Slide, we tackle getting to the point of a complicated slide with lots of moving pieces. And when dealing with complicated slides like this in PowerPoint, there are two Nuts & Bolts rules you can use:

Rule #1: Chunky Monkey
Rule #2: The River Flows In One Direction

These rules not only help you to collect your information into meaningful and relevant chunks of information, they also help you layout your information in a meaningful way that has 3 distinct advantages.

Advantage #1: It makes it easier to layout and build your slides as the slide builder.

Advantage #2: It makes it easier to present your slide as the presenter.

Advantage #3: It makes it easier to understand your slide as the audience member.

This again is an experimental PowerPoint training series as voted by the Nuts and Bolts Speed Training community. At this time, I’m only committing to 6 episodes…

So if you found this PowerPoint tutorial helpful and want to see more of them, let me know in the comments section below or like this video.

When you’re then ready to save 40 hours in PowerPoint, click the link below.
https://youtu.be/NUPRjmHWw54

Download the PDF cheat sheet for this Chunky Monkey episode:
http://bit.ly/2au5YnM
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This is the first Episode of What’s the Point of that Slide...

Which is exactly what every PowerPoint slide needs, a point!

And although that might sound “duh obvious” and super simple…it is so OVERLOOKED.

So That's what we'll explore in this YouTube series. We'll explore bad PowerPoint slides and look at tips and tricks to shake out a point while making the slides look better too.

And for this first episode I couldn’t help but go after my LEAST favorite chart type – the Pie Chart.

And it doesn't matter if you are in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, Pie Charts suck for a variety of reasons. Column and bar charts are much cleaner for data visualizations.

That said, if I'm forced to use a pie chart for a data visualization, there are two bullet proof rules that I live by, and that is (1) the Rule of 2s and (2) Going Doughnut

Check out the first video above to see how to put the Rule of 2s and Going Doughnut into action and let me know what you think of this first video.

This is an experimental YouTube series and I’m only committing to 6 episodes at this point. So if it's helpful, hit me up in the comments section and let me know.

Have a slide you want highlighted in this series? Send me a note at taylor (at) nutsandboltsspeedtraining.com

You can download the slides using the link below
http://bit.ly/PIESLIDES
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Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline

This is formatting trick #6 of this Office Timeline Gantt chart and timeline formatting series. How to quickly change the time units of your graphics, without getting bogged down in the math, performing calculations yourself.

If you build your Gantt charts or timelines in PowerPoint manually, this is one of the most tedious and difficult requests to fill. You build the graphic out (and it’s perfect) and your boss or client requests that you changing the units of your graphic.

For example, your boss doesn’t like the graphic in months and would rather see it in quarters, or your client doesn’t like the graphic in quarters and would rather see it in weeks.

Doing these calculations in Excel is already challenging enough, but then lining everything up perfectly on your graphic will truly test your patience. Especially as your boss or client can easily change their mind and choose a different unit, which will further drive you up the wall.

Thankfully, because all of your information is within the Office Timeline add-in itself, the add-in can perform all of the calculations for you and update your graphic.
Check out the video above to see how to do this in the Styles dialog box on the Office Timeline ribbon tab.

The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the backend - which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline

This is formatting trick #4 of this Office Timeline Gantt chart and timeline formatting series. How to quickly change the macro level formatting of your graphic in just a few clicks of your mouse.
And similar to SmartArt in PowerPoint, where you can flip and change the style of your graphics on the fly, you can do the same thing with the Office Timeline add-in as all of the information is already locked in the graphic.

That said…

You do need to be careful of the timing on this as changing the macro level formatting styles (which is super easy to do with the add-in) has a tendency to wipe the manual formatting adjustments you made to the graphic.

This means that if you spend a lot of time manually formatting your graphic in PowerPoint and then decide that you want a different look or feel for your Gantt chart or timeline, changing the macro level formatting style as shown in the video will likely wipe out most of your manual work.

As no one likes to lose their work, this is why it’s always best to start with the macro level formatting for your Gantt chart or timeline first, before you invest a bunch of time manually updating and tweaking the individual elements of your graphic.

That said, having the functionality to quickly flip formatting styles is a great feature of the add-in, as you can quickly spruce up your old layouts with a new look and feel.

The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the backend - which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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This is formatting trick #1 of this Office Timeline Gantt chart or timeline formatting series. How to split and format your dates in PowerPoint.

And although the splitting feature is a cool trick, in my mind the most interesting aspect of the Office Timeline+ add-in here, is that it can automatically change your date formatting like you can do in Excel.

What do I mean by changing the date formatting? I mean moving from a date like December 2016 to 12/2016 without having to retype or manage any of your text manually.

Yes, in Excel you can use custom date formatting to automatically change how your dates appear, but in PowerPoint that functionality doesn’t exist. That’s where the Office Timeline+ add-in shines.
Watch the video to see how to pull this off in seconds.

The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the back end - which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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At this point in our Gantt chart series, I’ve turned my Excel data into a fully editable PowerPoint graphic in just about 30 seconds using the Office Timeline+ add-in, which you can check out below if you missed it.

Gant Chart in 30 Seconds - Yikes!
https://youtu.be/M8JV_evmMRU

Once you get your Gantt chart or timeline data into the Office Timeline+ add-in, the fun really just begins.

Why?

Because the add-in not only builds your PowerPoint Gantt chart or template faster than you ever could yourself, it also allows you to quickly and efficiently apply macro level formatting to the graphic faster than you could ever do manually.

The office timeline add-in epitomizes the golden rule of Speed Training, which is:

Never do anything manually in PowerPoint that PowerPoint can do for you.

And because the add-in does such a great job on the back end -which is where most people mess up their slides - we are giving the office timeline+ add-in our official speed training stamp of approval.

I can’t think of a faster way to build, edit and manage your Gantt chart or timeline in PowerPoint.

This series includes 6 of my favorite formatting tricks for the Office Timeline add-in. You can watch the full series or skip around if you like. See links to the other videos below.

Download the office timeline graphic below and follow along
http://bit.ly/OfficeTimeline
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Did you know that 40% or more of people's time in PowerPoint is wasted on formatting? Think about the time you could save if you streamlined your formatting and invested a small amount of time learning how to master PowerPoint!

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