Aug 28 2008
My name is Brent Dykes, and I am the PowerPoint Ninja. I don’t have any martial arts training. I couldn’t scale a wall or throw a shuriken to save my life. However, I have been using Microsoft PowerPoint professionally over the past 10 years and continue to use it as a key communication tool in my role as a technology consultant at Omniture (now Adobe). I have created hundreds of successful presentations that have been delivered to senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and large audiences at various marketing conferences.
The PowerPoint Ninja blog will cover a variety of topics related to PowerPoint and business presentations. I take a pragmatic approach to PowerPoint presentations. I don’t have a PhD in visual communication from some ivy league school, and I’m not a creative director at some award-winning NY ad agency. My insights and suggestions come from several years of hands-on experience in preparing and presenting PowerPoint slides in a corporate environment. Although I consider myself an advanced user, I don’t profess to know everything about PowerPoint. However, I am eager to share insights and learn tricks from other PowerPoint ninjas out there.
My first real exposure to PowerPoint came at Microsoft in the late 1990s where I worked as a marketing intern for two semesters. Working from the inside of this software giant, I was able to gain a deep appreciation for what could be done with this much maligned but often used business tool. While working for a web design agency, Blast Radius, as a marketing analyst, I learned how to create marketing slides that were easy for sales people to modify and reuse with their various sales presentations.
When I went to back to school for my MBA in 2002, I was able to leverage my PowerPoint skills extensively in my various class projects. I was also able to participate in business plan competitions where my presentation skills helped my team to place as a semi-finalist in the 2004 BYU competition and second in the 2004 Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. For the past four years, I’ve been working for Omniture/Adobe as a web analytics consultant where I build client presentations on a weekly basis. I’ve also been fortunate to present at several Omniture Summit conferences including a 2008 keynote presentation in Japan.