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Presentation Summit 2014: Conversation with Rick Altman

Rick AltmanRick Altman is a California-based presentation consultant who has been helping organizations communicate better in public since before Microsoft developed PowerPoint. He has been hosting end-user conferences since 1989, and is the host of the annual Presentation Summit, now in its 12th season. He has authored 17 books on presentations and graphics, including the now-notorious Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck. In this conversation, Rick discusses the upcoming twelfth edition of his Presentation Summit conference, to be held in October 2014 in San Diego.

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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Chart Area

April 25, 2014

Chart Area in PowerPoint 2013Everything on a chart within PowerPoint 2013 is placed on top of the Chart Area -- this essentially is the entire area that encompasses your chart. Thus, the Chart Area is that part of your chart which is placed beneath all other chart elements. By default, the Chart Area doesn't possess any fill or any kind of formatting unless you have used a particular Chart Style. Even though this default status works well, you can opt to format as required. You can change the fill, border, and effect of the Chart Area, change the size and properties of the chart, and also change the font attribute.

Learn about the Chart Area in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Change the Default Theme

April 25, 2014

Change the Default Theme in PowerPoint 2011 for MacLaunch PowerPoint 2011 and you will typically see the Presentation Gallery -- you can accept the default Theme that shows up first or even click the Cancel button in this gallery to open a blank presentation with a new slide based on the same default Theme. When you type text within the placeholders of this slide, the text shows up in black over a white slide background. Most of the time this default look works, but you can change the defaults to something else -- for example, you can use any other PowerPoint Theme, including a custom Theme as the default.

Learn how to change the default Theme in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Drawing Connectors

April 24, 2014

Drawing Connectors in PowerPoint 2013Connectors are lines that link different shapes, and yet they are somewhat different from conventional lines because - connectors, as the name implies stay connected to the shapes they link -- even if you move the actual shapes. You have already learned about connectors, and the types of connectors in previous tutorials -- in this tutorial, you will learn how you can draw connectors that link shapes.

Learn how to draw connectors in PowerPoint 2013.

 
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Speaker, Leader, Champion: Conversation with Jeremey Donovan

April 23, 2014

Jeremey DonovanJeremey Donovan is Group Vice President of Marketing at Gartner Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company with $1.6 billion in annual revenue. During his career, Jeremey has led successful teams focused on market research, new product development, marketing, acquisitions, and product management. He is a three-time TEDx organizer, a TEDx speaker, a coach for many TED and TEDx speakers, and long-time member of Toastmasters International. His other books include What Great Looks Like, How To Win the Toastmasters World Championship, and How To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World's Most Inspiring Presentations. In this conversation, Jeremey discusses his new book, Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking.

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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Quick Layouts for Charts

April 23, 2014

Quick Layouts for Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

While working with charts in your presentation, you may want to move the location of the legend, or you may need to add a Data Table. Or perhaps the default layout doesn't work well for you. If you find any of these scenarios familiar, you can always choose from different layouts for your charts using the pre-defined Chart Quick Layouts feature. This essentially is a collection of some pre-arranged layouts containing various chart elements. With just a couple of clicks, you can change the entire look of your chart, as explained in this tutorial.

Learn how to apply preset Quick Layouts to your charts in PowerPoint 2013.

 

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