Now that you have a good idea about how RSI works, let’s roll up our sleeves and build out an example using our original content.

If you're following along, I'm working in Lesson Files > Chapter_01 > Questions_Start.pptx and RSI_Storyboard.docx.

If you want to compare the previous storyboard with this one, you can see it’s the same content – only now the content is reframed into questions and choices.

Step 1: Inserting the Question Graphics

Let's begin with our starting presentation: Questions_Start.pptx. You'll notice we already added a few things to get you started.

First, we added the background image to the Slide Master. We also moved the Title text up and off the slide. We'll use the Title text to label Questions and Feedback slides, but we don't want it visible on the slide.

We also added a few images to our slide:

  • Host_Question.png
  • Q1_StepImage.png
  • Choice_A.png
  • Choice_B.png
  • Choice_C.png

Step 2: Adding the Question and Choice Text

With the starting slide and images in place, you can now add the questions and choices.

Inserting the Question Text:

  1. Click Insert > Text Box and drag a text box in the top right corner of the slide. This will be your question text.
  2. Enter Question 1 from the RSI_Storyboard.docx
  3. Change the font to Trebuchet MS and set the size to 20

Inserting the Choices Text:

  1. Go to Insert > Text Box and drag a text box over Choice_A boxes
  2. Enter Question 1 > Choice 1 from the RSI_Storyboard.docx
  3. Change the font to Comic Sans and set the size to 16
  4. Click Center in the Paragraph menu to center the text
  5. Control-click-drag to duplicate the text box. Repeat to duplicate a second time.
  6. Replace the text in the duplicated text boxes with the Choice B and Choice C text from the storyboard
  7. Position each text box over a choice box

A quick note on fonts. I used Comic Sans in this tutorial because it's a standard font. There's some bad press around Comic Sans and most of it fair. But it's comic book style makes it the best system font for chat clouds. Check out the downloads gallery for some free handwritten fonts.

Step 3: Adding the Giant Next Button

You have a couple options for how you create the next button.

One way is to use a single rectangle and drag it over all three choice boxes. This makes sense because the choices all link to the same place.

The other way is to place smaller rectangle shapes over each choice box and add hyperlinks for each.

OK, let's add the next button:

  1. Insert one (or three) rectangular shapes over the choice boxes
  2. Right-click the rectangle and select Hyperlink... from the menu
  3. In the Link to: column, select Place in This Document and select Next Slide
  4. Click OK
  5. Right-click the shape and select Format Shape...
  6. From the Fill tab, set Transparency to 100%
  7. Click OK

What's next?

That's it for our the question slide. Make any final alignment tweaks you think are needed. In the next lesson we'll create the feedback slides.