Hidden Storyboard Guides (Microcast)

The best way to clearly see your story in PowerPoint is to hide your storyboard guides. That’s the basic idea behind an experimental microcast I’m trying out in the blog today.

Click on this link, and you’ll see a 90-second demonstraActii_1tion that introduces the concept of hidden storyboard guides I describe in my new book. Since the book describes visual storytelling with hands-on techniques, I thought a microcast like this might be a good idea.

I’m interested in hearing what you think about seeing frequent demonstrations like this in my weblog postings. I’m thinking that 1-2 minute modules would be a good size, and focus only on a single idea. What do you think?  Post a comment below and let me know.

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7 Responses to “Hidden Storyboard Guides (Microcast)”

  1. Effern says:


    Great idea! Since people have varying levels of experience with PPT, I’m sure various search engines will people right to your examples. I might try that with Visio!

    Welcome back from your hiatus by the way!


  2. Cliff,

    Thanks for the flash demo. I really like it and would like to see more. Since it is in Flash, I guess even longer demos would be fine. (It would be great if you did a demo on making short demos like that in Flash. Very nice, clean, simple.)

    Oh and as for the content, great idea. I think a lot of us “pros” have been doing that, but 99.9% of PPT presenters will benefit from your idea so I am very happy this is in your book. Can’t wait to read it!

    BTW, could not see the demo on any of my Macs (all latest OSX) but could on my PC.

    Thanks, Cliff!


  3. Great idea!
    I like the suggestion of short demos as well.

  4. Ned Smith says:

    Cliff —
    Like the microcast concept. It presents each idea in an easily digestible chunk. I have not been able to view the demos or microcast in Firefox; have to use IE. Eagerly awaiting the book.


  5. Cliff says:

    Thanks for the comments! I’ll work on the Mac issue — it’s a Flash file, and I’m not sure why it’s not working, but will hopefully have a fix by next week.

  6. paul says:

    Great Idea! I am already using this one.

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