Google Slides for Ultimate Guides

You’ve probably already read an article about using Google Slides to create your next Pitch Deck, and it’s definitely the most user-friendly option out there for creating a general image of your new company, but while working on my first “Ultimate Guide” this week I ended up using it to massively cut down on the amount of time I would have spent formatting and creating background designs. Did I end up with an amazingly unique guide that will blow people’s minds? No, but I did end up with something full of useful information, in a reasonably clean format, and with a nice aesthetic.

If you’re not familiar with Google Slides already you might be wondering why it’s special at all. A few highlights of using Slides over Powerpoint include its speed, easy editing across your entire deck, automatic Google Drive saves, and tons of integrations with other services. I’ve never created a presentation in PowerPoint as quickly as I’ve produced informative and good looking decks in Slides. That may be my own shortcoming, but I think a lot of people would fall into the same category of “I know how to use PowerPoint, but the last time I really made anything cool was in school.”

Let’s talk about the type of “Ultimate Guide” you might be considering creating, and whether using Google Sheets would make sense for you.

Text Heavy Guide – Nope. It’s not that you couldn’t use Slides to create a text heavy guide that truly is an “Ultimate Guide” to your selected subject, but if you’re producing something more along the lines of a peer reviewed article then you need to look elsewhere.

Image Heavy Guide – Probably a good choice. Most “Ultimate Guides” out there are really just thinly veiled attempts at marketing a product by providing some extra information and pretty pictures in a guide that lasts 5-10 pages. If your guide includes less than a full single-spaced page in Word worth of text then Slides is great choice. Plus with all of the free themes already out there you can easily select a solid looking presentation, drop in your text, and be done quickly.

Mixed-Media Guide – Sharing a good amount of information, but you don’t want the user to get bored too quickly? Slides makes it easy to mix images, text, and video into something visually engaging. The variety of export options make it easy to share your creation. This is the type of guide that I recently created and had a great experience overall.

Here’s some handy links that go into a lot more detail on creating in Google Slides:

Why Google Slides beats Powerpoint Presentation What is Google Slides?

5 Reasons to Replace PowerPoint with Google Slides

Differences Between Google Slides And Microsoft PowerPoint

Free Powerpoint templates and Google Slides themes for your presentations

Free Google Slides Templates

Free Templates for PowerPoint/Google Slides

Get started with Slides

10 Tips for Using Google Slides Like a Pro

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Just Write Something

Make content. Have your own site. Be an industry expert.

Fine, here we are then. If the stack of “listicles” sprawled across my office have told me anything, it’s that I’ve got to have my own presence. But what does that mean, to have a presence on the web? Is my sometimes updated Twitter account not enough? What about the Facebook account that I hate because it’s impossible to avoid the political “discussion” my friends and neighbors are having. You know exactly why I put that in quotations.

What about my LinkedIn profile where I repost articles that I think other business savvy folk might see and think that I know a lot about the current state of the industry. What industry exactly? I don’t know. That’s not apathy speaking, that’s my reality, which happens to revolve around tech, IoT, customer service, sales, PR, marketing, start-ups, and a myriad of other related fields.

Buffer has gone a long way toward making it appear like I am much more active online, and if you’re interested in curating content into appearing like you are active online at all hours of the day and night then I highly recommend their service. They’ve also got a pretty cool culture of transparency.

No, none of these things will suffice now. It’s time to stop being a walking content aggregator and to become a walking content creator. I deleted a string of abandoned drafts before committing to this post. That seems a bit ridiculous, even to me, but as someone who loves to generate content this has been one of the most difficult experiences I’ve had with putting words on a screen. It probably reads that way as well.