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About Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein is a recognized expert, speaker, trainer, and best-selling author on PowerPoint, presentation skills, and AutoCAD. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs.

MVP logo-smallShe is a PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional).There are only 40 PowerPoint MVPs in the world, and 11 in the United States.

Her Web site offers a huge assortment of tips, techniques, tutorials, and articles on these topics.

Training, coaching, and consulting

Ellen conducts training, in the form of workshops and webinars, that help people present more effectively. She also offers coaching and consulting. The result is more sales, more success, and happier audiences. Read more about training, coaching, and consulting and watch 2 of her presentations.

Speaking and training topics

Ellen has been recognized as a thought-leader in the field of presenting for over 10 years. Some of the topics she has spoken on are:

  • Using PowerPoint for Best Educational Outcomes (see video of excerpts below)
  • Effective Presenting in the 21st Century
  • How to Prevent Death by PowerPoint
  • Quick Makeovers with the Tell 'n' ShowSM Method of Slide Design
  • Presenting to Persuade and Motivate
  • Presenting to Teach and Inform
  • Stop Boring Your Audience!
  • PowerPoint for Low-Cost Training
  • Workshop: PowerPoint for Kiosk and Web-Based Presentations
  • Workshop: Add Pizzazz to Presentations with Advanced Animation and Graphic Techniques
  • Cater to Your Audience with Audience-Centered Presentations
  • Presenting Scientific and Numerical Data


As a best-selling author, Ellen's books have sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into over 14 languages. Her most current books are:

Her online courses are:

Ellen's articles on PowerPoint have appeared on Microsoft's website as well as in Presentations magazine, Presentation Xpert, Computer Companion, and, among others. Her articles on AutoCAD have appeared on Autodesk's Web site, in Inside AutoCAD, and others. 

What People Say About Ellen Finkelstein

"Ellen Finkelstein used Power Point slides to enhance a presentation on the most effective use of PowerPoint slides in making academic presentations:  as such, she 'walked the talk,' beautifully illustrating her practical suggestions.  These included tips on how the speaker can retain maximum audience attention while using slides and how the slides can increase retention of the material presented.  She's a lively, confident speaker who freely shared her substantial experience." -Samuel Boothby, PhD

"Ellen's tips on how to give an effective sales presentation incorporating PowerPoint was very lucid and valuable for our women professionals monthly meeting. Ellen has clearly thought through the mechanics of selling and buying and offered practical advice which I know our members will be incorporating in their presentations."  - Helen Foster-Grimmett, Founder and VP, Enlightened Communications Int'l.

"Ellen Finkelstein presented to our faculty the latest, well-researched principles of teaching with Microsoft PowerPoint and other presentation software. Comments from numerous faculty indicated that her presentation was one of the two or three most useful presentations given. Several faculty said it changed entirely their approach to using presentation software in the classroom." -Chris Jones, PhD, Chair, Department of Education, M.U.M.

"How to Do Everything With Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 is yet another winner by Ellen Finkelstein. ….wonderful real world examples on how to use ordinary features in interesting ways to give your presentations some pizzazz.” - Wendy Russell, Presentation Software

"I want to tell you that that was the best training session I've ever experienced. Thank you! " - Sherri Mellinkoff

"Ellen, I wanted to email you with some feedback I got just today from a presentation I prepared last week for someone here in my office. I started working with PowerPoint about three months ago and I have your website to thank for getting me started in the right direction. I invested in the latest Webinar series and I actually used a couple of new things I learned in the first one (June 1). This is where accolades put the rubber to the road – my skills are helping to generate money for my firm by making professional and interesting presentations and I’m a big part of that – thanks to you! 'I have to particularly acknowledge Maril for awesome PowerPoint design under a tight deadline -- it was very professional and gave a good impression.' This was like music to my ears. Thank you, Ellen, for your website, books and all that you provide to help make us better." -Maril R.

"Your articles and training information are great." - Paul S.

"Your PowerPoint newsletter is extremely informative and helpful!" - D. Terencio

"I enjoyed your article and used many of your suggestions for my second speech at my Toastmaster's club. Prior to reading your article, I had designed a text-heavy slide show that included a colorful background. Based on your advice I changed my entire PowerPoint presentation so that there were only 7 simple slides with powerful graphics. The slides worked! The audience wasn't distracted by the slides and I felt in control of the presentation instead of the PowerPoint slides controlling my speech." -Melissa Kew

Read more comments by clients and watch 2 of my presentations

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