Microsoft PowerPoint training
at your office.

Learn from professionals in instructor‑led training.

Learn to create beautiful, compelling presentations with Gump Training’s comprehensive one-day courses, delivered by our highly experienced instructors throughout Southern Ontario and the GTA. Choose from three standard courses, or build your own course to meet your specific needs.

Microsoft PowerPoint training at your office.

Learn from professionals in instructor‑led training.

We travel to you.

Training delivered right to your office on a day that works best for your team.

Hands-on experience.

Professional instruction, lots of practise time, and solutions for your PowerPoint concerns.

No computers? No problem.

If you're short on computers, we will gladly supply a laptop for each person.

Everything you need to succeed.

We provide a free assessment to determine the right course content for your team.

Learn to create beautiful, compelling presentations with Gump Training’s comprehensive one-day courses, delivered by our highly experienced instructors throughout Southern Ontario and the GTA. Choose from three standard courses, or build your own course to meet your specific needs.

Standard PowerPoint Courses

1 day of training, reference manuals and 30 days of technical support: $ 250 / person

Minimum charge of 3 people. Discounts available for groups of 6 or more.

Level 1

Getting Started

All the basic skills you need to create beautiful slide decks.

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Level 2

Get Creative

Entrance your audience with classy animations and techniques to make your slides pop.

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Level 3

Professional Presentations

Take a step back from the technical side and learn the design theory behind engaging presentations.

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Want to Improve your Presentation Skills?

It is said that a truly great presentation can stand on its own even when you remove the slides. Even the most beautiful of slide decks will fail to engage your audience if the information is presented poorly. Our course will teach you all the essential skills to deliver a confident, professional presentation which speaks to the target audience.

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Build your own custom course.

Have specific needs, or just want a more personalized experience? Simply send us your list of topics or we can work with you to create a full-day course. Mix‑and‑match beginner, intermediate and advanced topics to ensure every person gains valuable knowledge.

Every "build your own course" includes a customized reference manual featuring your topics, and the same 30 days of technical support as our standard offerings.

    $ 275 / person

Minimum charge of 4 people. Discounts for groups of 6 or more.

$ 275 / person. Minimum charge of 4 people. Discounts for groups of 6 or more.

Level 1: Getting Started

1 day of training, reference manuals and 30 days of technical support: $ 250 / person (discounts available)

PowerPoint is an extremely powerful and complex program. This course will teach you the very basics so you can edit and create presentations quickly and effectively.

Course Prerequisites: knowledge of basic Windows use and ability to use keyboard and mouse.


  • Overview

  • What Is A Presentation Program?
  • Placeholders
  • Understanding The Different Slide Views
  • Working With Text

  • Drawing a Placeholder vs. Using Preset
  • Typing Regular Text
  • Moving And Sizing Text Frames
  • Changing Fonts, Alignment, Colour, Spacing
  • Formatting Placeholders
  • Adding Borders And Shading
  • Shape Effects & Quick Styles
  • Eyedropper Tool for Colour Matching
  • Copying Formats with Format Painter
  • Bullet & Numbered Lists
  • Adding Clip Art & Other Pictures

  • Inserting Clip Art
  • Changing Clip Art
  • Editing Clip Art
  • Inserting Other Pictures
  • Formatting Pictures
  • Drawing Tools (Basic Overview)

  • Drawing Toolbars
  • Lines & Arrows
  • Rectangles & Squares
  • Text Boxes
  • Ovals & Circles
  • Polygons & Freehand
  • Selecting Shapes
  • Moving & Sizing
  • Formatting (Fill & Line Attributes)
  • Adding Text to Shapes
  • Grouping & Ungrouping
  • Order, Align, Grid
  • Rotate & Flip
  • Editing Points
  • Graphs

  • Adding A Graph, e.g. Pie, Bar/Column
  • Working With Data Sheets or Excel Data Sheets
  • Chart Options
  • Legends, Gridlines, Data Labels, Scaling
  • Plot Frames
  • Chart Buttons
  • 3D Views
  • Cutting Slices
  • Formatting (Patterns, Fonts, Numbers)
  • Changing Chart Types
  • Pie Chart Tips
  • Master Pages & Themes

  • Change Slide Layout
  • Setting Default Fonts, Bullets
  • Adding Clip Art To Every Page
  • Working with Themes
  • Slide Master vs. Title Master, Other Master Pages
  • General

  • Introduction to Slide Shows
  • Presenter View
  • Re-ordering slides
  • Duplicating Objects or Entire Slides
  • Saving / Opening / Closing / New
  • Printing

Level 2: Get Creative

1 day of training, reference manuals and 30 days of technical support: $ 250 / person (discounts available)

Once you have the basics down, it’s time to add a little spice to your slides! Learn how to use animations, lay out your information in a visually striking manner and keep your audience focused by controlling the flow of information.

Course Prerequisites: understanding of PowerPoint Level 1 topics.


  • WordArt

  • Creating Fancy Text Frames With WordArt
  • Formatting WordArt Objects
  • Drawing Tools (Advanced Look)

  • Review Of How To Draw Shapes
  • Using & Changing AutoShapes
  • Select, Moving, Sizing, Nudging, Deleting
  • Adding Text to Shapes
  • Copy, Duplicate, Effects, Gradient, Shadow, 3D
  • Group, Ungroup, Regroup
  • Merge Shapes
  • Forward & Back / Grids & Guides
  • Nudge, Align & Distribute
  • Flipping, Reroute Connectors, Edit Points
  • Merge Shapes
  • Smart Guides for Aligning & Spacing Graphics
  • Advanced ClipArt

  • Ungrouping & Changing ClipArt
  • Making Your Own ClipArt
  • Themes

  • Modify a Theme
  • Create a Theme
  • Theme Variants
  • Background Styles

  • SmartArt Graphics

  • Change Layout and Colours
  • Choose a Layout
  • Organization Charts

  • Creating Organization Charts
  • Extending The Size Of The Organization
  • Adding an Assistant
  • Selecting Chart Styles
  • Changing Boxes, Lines, and Text
  • Organization Chart Layouts
  • Advanced Templates

  • Slide Master & Title Master
  • When a Slide Does Not Follow the Master
  • Editing Template & Master Pages
  • Slide Backgrounds
  • Creating New Master Pages
  • Apply Design Templates/Masters to Slides
  • Custom Slide Layouts
  • Creating & Saving Custom Templates
  • Creating a New Presentation with the Template
  • Applying Custom Template to Existing Presentation
  • Speaker Notes

  • Working In Speaker Notes View
  • Printing Speaker Notes
  • Creating a Photo Album

  • Selecting Pictures
  • Adding Text Boxes
  • Picture Options
  • Picture Layout
  • Introduction to Transitions & Animations

  • Selecting Effects
  • Setting Options
  • Adding Sound
  • Advancing Slides
  • Animating Bulleted or Numbered Lists
  • Modifying Animation Effects
  • Other Animation Choices
  • Animation Schemes
  • Adding Sounds & Movies

  • Inserting Sounds
  • Altering How Sounds Play & Display
  • Adding Movies
  • Altering How Movies Play & Display
  • Play Settings
  • Slide Shows (Basic Overview)

  • Running a Show
  • Setup & Options
  • Pen Pointer Options
  • Keystrokes

Level 3: Professional Presentations

1 day of training, reference manuals and 30 days of technical support: $ 250 / person (discounts available)

Good presentations aren’t simply thrown together, and powerful tools like PowerPoint are easy to abuse. There is a whole world of theory behind the layout of slides, use (and misuse!) of animation and preserving a careful balance between the amount of information delivered on screen and in your speech.

This course will take a step back from the technical side of PowerPoint and examine all of these skills in-depth so you can create a beautiful, professional PowerPoint presentations that are sure to impress even the pickiest of clients and bosses.

Course Prerequisites: solid understanding of PowerPoint Level 2 topics.


  • Part One - Slide Shows

  • Animations & Transitions

  • Quick Review of Transitions
  • Animating Bulleted or Numbered Lists
  • Animating Charts
  • Animating ClipArt & Drawings
  • Motion Paths
  • Animating Diagrams
  • Modifying Animation Effects
  • Other Animation Choices
  • Rehearse Timings
  • Motion Paths
  • Using Animations with Master Pages
  • Review of Adding Sounds & Movies

  • Incorporating into Animation Sequence
  • Action Buttons and Action Settings

  • Using Action Buttons
  • Creating Your Own
  • Slide Shows

  • Basic Setup
  • Shows Presented vs. Run at Trade Show
  • Summary Slides
  • Custom Shows
  • Broadcast Slide Show
  • Share Presentation Online (2013 Only)
  • Creating Links
  • Slide Show Keystrokes
  • Saving a Presentation as a Show
  • Saving a Presentation as a Video
  • Part Two - Effective Presentations

  • Design & Planning

  • Initial Design
  • Workflow of presentation
  • Presentation Format - Order & Timings
  • Layouts
  • The Content - How much is too much?

  • Adding Content
  • Managing Content
  • Organizing Information
  • Multimedia - The Safe way

  • Effective use of sound
  • Effective use of pictures/clip art
  • Effective use of Video Clips
  • Interaction between Audience & Multimedia
  • Colours! Colours! Colours!

  • The Color Palette
  • The Pinks & Greens! - Choosing the "right" Colors
  • Computer Colors vs. Projector Colors
  • World of Fonts - Which one?

  • Formatting Text
  • Selecting Fonts
  • Determining Effective Font Size
  • Font Styles and Gradients
  • Word Art
  • Handouts

  • Creating Handouts
  • Use of Fonts/Colors
  • Audience Interaction
  • Feedback Forms
  • Rehearsing & Packaging

  • Openers and Closers
  • Questions and Answers
  • Pack and Go
  • Package for CD
  • Converting to Web
  • Creating a Video
  • Technology - Be Prepared

  • Pointers
  • How to use LCD Projectors
  • Backups Plans
  • Presenter View

Presentation Skills Workshop

This course is offered in a 2 day full version (all topics shown), and a 1 day compressed version. $ 325 / person / day (discounts available)

We make presentations every day; even outside our job. How we present our ideas, desires and thoughts often dictates the degree of their acceptance.

This course is aimed at people who must give presentations in their work environment but also applies to anyone who must present ideas, desires and thoughts to family, peers, friends, etc.

Standing in front of a group of people and having to present can be a daunting task. This workshop can help you decrease your stress level, increase your ability to create a good presentation, and finally to deliver that presentation in an effective way; to get results.

A great presenter has two unique qualities: appropriate skills and personal confidence. This confidence comes from knowing what you want to say and being comfortable with your communication skills. In this workshop, participants will master the skills that will make them a better speaker and presenter. This workshop will teach participants how to:

  1. Gain rapport with your audience
  2. Reduce nervousness and fear
  3. Recognize how visual aids can create impact and attention
  4. Create a professional presence
  5. Prepare and organize information in different ways


  • Introduction and Course Overview

  • To begin you will discuss what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
  • Communication

  • Participants will explore key communication skills, including how to start and end a conversation.
  • Edit Your Conversation

  • Next, participants will learn about characteristics that can make or break the audience's impression of a speaker, including volume, clichés, slang, diction, jargon, and tact (or lack thereof).
  • Appropriately Sharing Yourself with Others

  • Participants will discuss self disclosure using the Johari window.
  • Trust

  • This session will explore the idea of trust and how self disclosure can help build relationships.
  • Positive Self-Talk

  • Participants will learn how to build their self-confidence – a key skill for any public speaker.
  • Making the Most of Meetings

  • Meetings are a central part of communication and cooperation within any organization. This session will give participants some ways to successfully prepare for and present at any meeting.
  • Body Language

  • Participants will learn some ways to make sure their body language is sending the right message.
  • Sticky Situations

  • This session will give participants some tools to deal with uncomfortable situations.
  • Why Talk?

  • Next, participants will explore the value of oral presentations.
  • Planning Your Presentation

  • During this session, participants will learn how to use PAFEO to plan their presentation.
  • Overcoming Nervousness

  • To conclude the first day, we will look at some suggestions about delivery.
  • The STARR Pattern

  • Participants will learn a second way of organizing their presentation: the STARR pattern.
  • Start Writing!

  • This session will focus on the nuts and bolts of creating your presentation.
  • Limit Your Information

  • During this session, participants will receive tips on how to reduce the volume of information in their presentation without watering it down.
  • Audience Profile

  • Next, participants will look the value of audience profiles.
  • Your Speaking Voice

  • This session will look at the eight key parts of a presenter's message.
  • Add Punch to Your Presentation

  • There are many types of visual aids. We will provide an overview of, and tips for, the most common visuals during this session.
  • Your Presentation

  • To wrap things up, participants will prepare and present a short presentation. Participants will evaluate each other and provide constructive feedback.
  • Workshop Wrap-Up

  • Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.