ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Speakeasy, Inc., the leading global consulting firm focused on professional communication development, today announced the launch of SlideQUEST, a scalable learning tool that strips away bad habits and hours of wasted productivity by teaching presenters how and when to use slide decks effectively. The SaaS program is offered as part of the SpeakeasyDIGITAL platform.
The core philosophy behind SlideQUEST is built around the same learning strategies that have driven Speakeasy’s flagship in-person and virtual training programs for the past half century. The training program, delivered asynchronously, is designed to teach presenters the critical thinking skills to create slides that support communication rather than distracting from the message by using slide decks as meeting scripts. SlideQUEST is an expansion of Speakeasy’s popular MessageQUEST learning tool.
“Presentation decks have increasingly become an Achilles’ heel for productivity in corporate America, and COVID-19 only amplified the problem,” said Scott Weiss, CEO, Speakeasy. “Teams are disengaged in virtual meetings, rendering the time spent a waste; the art of conversation has been displaced by poor presentation decks, especially in virtual meetings, that stand in the way of meaningful human connection; and nobody was ever taught the art of creating powerful slides to support a broader communication strategy. Slides have become an emotionally disconnected crutch that’s working against businesses and their bottom lines.”
SlideQUEST is built on the primary premise that presenters should not work on their slides while they’re developing their meeting content because doing so will compromise the value and integrity of both. MessageQUEST was designed to teach presenters how to create a powerful strategy to drive an effective meeting first; SlideQUEST shows them when and how to create a slide that properly supports the message in a way that achieves meeting objectives.
Because slides are intrinsically necessary in a wide range of business communications, SlideQUEST’s mission is to teach users how to develop them properly to drive the desired outcome. The essential focus is on the two key kinds of slides: to support spoken communication, and to be in place of spoken communication, which warrants a different approach. In either instance, knowing when to use a slide and what to put on it can make a critical difference in listener engagement and the outcome of the meeting.
“Everybody hates long slide decks. Imagine if you never had to create another one. Imagine if you never had to sit through another one,” added Weiss. “It’s not just meetings where productivity is lost. Producing bad slide presentations costs businesses millions of dollars in lost productivity every day. We’re here to help companies reclaim that lost productivity. Anyone in the business world who’s communicating complex information needs to use a slide; we not only want them to be good, we want there to be fewer of them.”
To learn more about SlideQUEST, SpeakeasyDIGITAL, or flagship Speakeasy IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL programs, please visit www.speakeasyinc.com.
About Speakeasy, Inc. – Unlocking the Communication Potential Within Us All
Founded in 1973, Speakeasy provides communication development, training, and business communication consulting services to some of the most influential business leaders and respected companies in the world, including EY, Accenture, Nestle, Visa, Microsoft, and Google. Driven with a unifying philosophy that communication excellence starts from within the individual and all individuals have the capability to be effective communicators, Speakeasy has improved the communication capabilities of thousands of clients and individuals around the world. From young professionals to some of the most recognized names in the C-suite, their corporate communication programs are tailored to empower communicators, at all levels, to look within and realize the communication potential they already possess. The company’s suite of more than 15 proven learning experiences are led by full-time, highly credentialed faculty with decades-long track records of success at Speakeasy, inspiring real, behavioral change through effective and authentic communication development and training. With corporate communication programs delivered at their offices in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Amsterdam, and on-site at clients’ offices around the world as well as virtually, and digitally, Speakeasy works each year with thousands of executives representing 350 client companies.