Video: How to use the draw function in PowerPoint

Video: How to use the draw function in PowerPoint

I’m a big fan of blending hand drawn graphics into existing ways of working. I often see how overwhelmed people feel when thinking about how to incorporate hand drawn graphics into their work.

Start with what you’ve got. If you currently use PowerPoint slides, for example, think about how you can make a small change to include hand drawn graphics in your slides.

One quick way to do this is to make use of the (often underutilised!) draw function within PowerPoint.

I’ve created a video that talks you through exactly how to do just that.

This is something you can do either in advance of your presentation or – even better – during it. Click on the image below to play the video and learn how:

How To Use The Draw Function In PowerPoint

Tell me how you get on using the PowerPoint draw function in the comments.


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Three ways to deliver a presentation without using PowerPoint

Three ways to deliver a presentation without using PowerPoint


Fed up of blurry PowerPoint presentations? Spending too much time trying to squeeze a 13 point list onto one slide? Wish stock images weren’t quite so, well, boring?

If you really want people to sit up and pay attention to your presentation, perhaps it’s time to try something new.

Here are three ways to deliver a presentation, visual thinking style.

1.  Create a One Pager*.

The One Pager is a one-page piece of visual information (a combination of words and simple drawings) prepared in advance of a presentation. It is a high level summation of the information the presenter wants to convey. One page. That’s it.

Tip: Creating a One Pager is also a great way to try out graphics if you are new to it and want to build your confidence before drawing live.

2. Another method of presenting using graphics is what I call Graphic Storytelling. This involves drawing the information you want to convey live in front of your audience. It lends itself particularly well to a sequential theme. ‘First of all this happened, then we did this, then this happened etc.’ drawing out (literally) each stage of the process. Your audience have to focus on what you’re doing to find out what happens next. They are also far more likely to remember what you have said.

3. A third way to deliver presentations to use a combination of the two methods outlined above. Create a One Pager, and leave gaps in it. These are areas of white space that you fill in as you deliver your presentation. Again, this focuses the audience’s attention and immediately piques their curiosity.

Tip: Remember when doing graphics in person to let your audience know that you will have your back to them from time to time but you will be listening to their comments and responses. Graphic facilitation requires a special kind of pivoting action!

*When I do this with teams inhouse I invite them to create a push piece based on a project they are working on. It’s amazing how often delegates say to each other ‘Oh,now I understand what your team does!’

Feel inspired? Give it a go and let me know how you get on.