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Tom Howell

Tom Howell is a PowerPoint designer and the founder of Synapsis Creative, a boutique presentation design agency. Tom started his career as a designer for multiple disciplines and specialised in PowerPoint 10 years ago and has never looked back. With a talent for animation and interactivity, his work has been featured on Microsoft’s webinar series on PowerPoint and in multiple online magazines and articles. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and is a key figure for presentation design in the industry. His clients come from an array of different industries. Tom loves the challenges and successes that are achievable in PowerPoint and lives to make presentations stand out for all the right reasons.
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Design Visually Stunning ASX Presentations

Posted by Tom Howell on 28-Aug-2017 15:26:21

Businesses around the globe have embraced PowerPoint for more than 25 years. There are numerous reasons for this, including the program's time-saving templates, eye-catching visual format and enhanced ability to quickly and easily get a point across. Whether you personally love it or hate it, PowerPoint is likely to retain a position of popularity and power for the foreseeable future. Therefore, I'm here to help you learn how to take your ASX presentations to the next level.


The most important thing you need to realize is that it's not nearly enough to know how to create a PowerPoint presentation. In fact, because this program has become so commonplace, you need to step up your graphic design game if you want to have a memorable impact on your shareholders. Fortunately, PowerPoint design is something that I'm passionate about, and I'm going to give you seven tips that will help ensure you get the desired results from your next presentation.

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint, ASX

Can you get a hotel upgrade with nothing but a PowerPoint Presentation?

Posted by Tom Howell on 28-Aug-2017 15:25:41

I attempted the unthinkable - I produced a PowerPoint Presentation to convince a hotel that I was worthy of a room upgrade...


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Topics: Graphic Design

5 Ways To Make The Most Important Info In Your Presentation Stand Out

Posted by Tom Howell on 26-Jul-2017 14:15:09

Ever sat through a presentation that contained so much information that you couldn't remember what the main message was supposed to be? Here are 5 simple steps that will improve your presentations, by focusing your audiences' attention on the parts you want them to remember. These tips will draw their eyes to the most important information on each slide.

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

[Preview!] PowerPoint just changed the game with 3D Modelling

Posted by Tom Howell on 07-Jul-2017 11:35:28


Just when you thought you knew what you were doing in PowerPoint (and just a few months after it's 30th Birthday), it reinvents itself and changes how we communicate stories.

PowerPoint will shortly be supporting visual and motion 3D modelling capabilities beyond what you thought was previously possible. We're not talking about your cubes, bevel and embossing - we're talking advanced modelling up to (and including) entire city-scapes. See our short demonstration below...


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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

5 Surprising Ways to Use PowerPoint in Your Business

Posted by Tom Howell on 06-Jul-2017 08:48:53

The software program PowerPoint is synonymous with on-screen presentations, and it’s not surprising as this is an area where it excels. What is surprising is how often PowerPoint is used for other purposes. In this article we’ll review 5 ways to use PowerPoint (other than for on-screen presentations) and how these can work for your business.

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

7 Big PowerPoint Mistakes You Just Can't Afford to Make

Posted by Tom Howell on 16-Jun-2017 10:58:49

Making a PowerPoint presentation is about more than presenting facts to an audience. It's about educating others and gaining their confidence in your professional skills and opinion. Unfortunately, some basic mistakes can lead to bad presentations that undermine viewer confidence instead of building it up. Avoid these seven common PowerPoint mistakes, and you'll have the power to impress any audience. 

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

Microsoft MVP Award Winner - Tom Howell of Synapsis Creative

Posted by Tom Howell on 09-Jun-2017 13:06:13


5 years ago I was working at an agency as the creative leader of a design team that specialised in PowerPoint presentations. My mind was drifting one afternoon and I began searching any awards programs for PowerPoint. I found there was no PowerPoint Award, nor was there any award for design in PowerPoint. I did, on that day, find two things:

The Presentation Summit and the Microsoft MVP Award program.

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Topics: Insider, Industry Topics

Choosing the Right Balance of Statistics in PowerPoint

Posted by Tom Howell on 07-Jun-2017 11:25:59

 Every PowerPoint presenter wants to be regarded as an expert in their given field, and presenters often use statistics to drive their points home. Unfortunately, too many statistics or poorly presented statistics tend to undermine the efficacy of PP presentations. If you're considering presenting statistics on your slides, you'll need to take care to choose the right balance of statistics to send your message. Thankfully, doing that isn't tough. Take these five steps to use statistics in PowerPoint successfully. 

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

Create the Perfect Background for Your PowerPoint Presentation Slide

Posted by Tom Howell on 31-May-2017 14:07:14

Creating striking PowerPoint presentations means carefully considering every single element included on your slides. From graphics to fonts to colors to text, making the right aesthetic choices increases audience engagement and makes your presentation look more professional. A strong slide background provides a grounding element for your presentation and helps provide visual consistency, but creating one can prove surprisingly difficulty. Here are best practices and tips to help you create striking slide backgrounds that will enhance any presentation. 

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

Choosing the Right Images for Your PowerPoint Presentations

Posted by Tom Howell on 23-May-2017 09:27:25

The images you choose for your PowerPoint presentation will have an incredible impact on viewer attention, esteem and retention. That means that picking the right PowerPoint images is essential to the overall success of your presentation. Here are nine tips to help you choose imagery in PowerPoint presentations that will make a strong impression on your audience. 

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Topics: Corporate PowerPoint

Let's make PowerPoint Beautiful again...

It's time to stand out from the crowd.

These articles are all about PowerPoint, presentation design and graphic design. We're here to help you make beautiful slides that make an impact with your audience.

Within two meetings of every major decision in this world, there is a PowerPoint Presentation. We're all about making better slides, so here is what we cover in our learning articles:

  • Create with your audience in mind
  • Learn how to integrate Graphic Design principles into your work
  • Be inspired by new and exciting things
  • Use PowerPoint in different and engaging ways

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