The Edges of Lean — Ep 46 Continuous Improvement and the End of Boring PowerPoint with Betsy Lawson

How many PowerPoint presentations have you seen? How many have put you to sleep? Betsy Lawson joins me to talk about how to end boring PowerPoint presentations and have engaging and fun training Listen in to this episode and learn how the stories you know by heart can help your trainees remember more and have more fun.



Betsy Lawson specializes in Lean edutainment for the workplace. She is a Performance Improvement Coach at Augusta Health, has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, an ATD Training Certificate and a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia (’07). Betsy lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her fiancé and two cats.



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 Key Topics in this podcast:

  • Betsy’s career background 
  • Her ideas on improving PowerPoint
  • How she uses well-known stories to enliven her training
  • How she aligned “Jaws” and PDCA training 
  • Her vision for how people deliver training in the future



  • Naming characters and giving examples plays an important role in improving any presentation. This trick captivates the audience’s attention and knowledge. 
  • Using creative PowerPoint templates can give your presentations a professional look that will impress your audience and make them more likely to listen to what you have to say. With a little creativity, you can turn a boring PowerPoint presentation into an engaging and informative experience for your audience.
  • Relatable characters are a good way for an enjoyable and engaging training. The use of well-known characters like Cinderella and Snow White bring the story to life in a relatable way. The story provides context and understanding to the listener. In addition, it is also motivating and inspiring to see someone like yourself succeed. 
  • In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s more important than ever to be adaptable and continuously improve. To do this, we need to be creative and come up with new ideas. We also need to be open to change, willing to experiment, and always learning. This can be a challenge, but it’s essential for keeping up with the times. By being adaptable and continuously improving, we can stay ahead of the curve and make sure that our skills are relevant in an ever-changing world.


Memorable Quotes From Betsy Lawson


‘’Get your Lean Six Sigma certification, whether that’s a green belt, black belt, if you’d like math, go for the black belt immediately. it’s just more math, that’s my biggest piece of advice is get that certification. It’ll open more doors.”