by Geetesh Bajaj, January 10th 2012
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Enjoying, Laughing, and Being Happy
We all live in a world where we have to multitask, even if we do not want to. Email continues to flow into the inbox, and as soon as you have finished taking care of your bloated inbox, there's a fresh load for you to take care of. I really don't mean to say that I don't like email, but once in a while it would be nice to not get any email the entire day -- but if that happened, I am sure I would be contacting the support folks at my email provider to ensure that everything is running just fine at their end!
Now that is funny -- and sometimes, it can be so cool to laugh at yourself. There is something entertaining and enjoyable in letting go and being happy -- and that is a valuable lesson even beyond the world of email. Let us look at presenting, where each presenter works so diligently to be perfect -- they practice their slides, and practice what they would speak along, and the remarks they will make -- even if they want it to appear candid. We have to do our best, but in the end, we just have to let go, be ourselves, and be candid without trying to be candid. At such times, it can be good to laugh at ourselves, and involve the audience in a human to human conversation. So here is a message for this issue of the newsletter: be yourself -- enjoy, laugh, and be happy.
We continue with plenty of new content in this issue -- scroll down to find more.
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In our ongoing iPad Presenting series, we have already published 6 posts that have been read, tweeted, shared, and bookmarked by all of you -- we plan on several more posts within this series:
- iPad Presenting - First Questions First
- PowerPoint Presenter's View on iPad
- Air Display on iPad
- Adding an Apple TV
- What is AirPlay?
- Connecting TV or Projector to an Apple TV
Animated Slide: Friday the 13th
This animated slide follows a scary (we tried) Friday the 13th concept. There’s a haunted house, two ghosts, and even a witch who frequently flies across the slide on her broom! We used plenty of animations to create this effect – and although this entire slide was created in PowerPoint 2010, it should work just fine in most PowerPoint versions on Windows and Mac. All animations are set to repeat indefinitely so that the ghosts keep on bouncing and fading until you navigate to the next slide. Download and use this slide in your presentation.
PowerPoint Chart Types
PowerPoint provides ample choices in chart types for almost every kind of graphical data representation. However, as you probably know all charts are not equal. Charts should be chosen depending upon the topic of your presentation, your audience, and the disposition of the presenter. The fact that you can change from one type of chart to another is a great way to experiment and play. Deciding upon the chart type though is just one of the decisions you need to take – you can then explore the different variants within each chart type. And if that was not enough, you can reposition, remove, or add chart elements such as data labels, legends, titles, etc. in differing layouts. Then color your charts as required – and ascertain whether you must animate them, or let them be static. Explore various chart types that can be created within PowerPoint, and scenarios in which they are best used.
Conversations and Interviews
The Firestarter Experience: Conversation with Bess Gallanis
Bess Gallanis is the founder of Speaking with Power and Persuasion, an executive communications consulting firm based in Chicago. She is a communication coach, speaker, journalist, a student of yoga and insight meditation and the author of Yoga Chick (Warner Books, 2006). In this conversation, Bess discusses The Firestarter Experience, her new workshop on communication and presentation skills. Read the conversation here.
NewsPoint: Conversation with Kurt Dupont
Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998. In this conversation, Kurt discusses NewsPoint, a tool that continuously monitors various data sources and saves the results to a database or on a hard disk. This saved data can then be integrated to show up on PowerPoint slides using other products from PresentationPoint. Read the conversation here.
Efficient Elements: Conversation with Felix Dollinger
Felix Dollinger studied Business Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA. He started his career as a Strategy Consultant and Project Manager at Siemens Management Consulting, one of the leading strategy consultancies in Germany. Having to create countless slides himself, he quickly identified the huge efficiency potential in slide creation. Joining forces with a friend from university, Felix founded Efficient Elements GmbH in 2008 with its first product, Efficient Elements for presentations. In this conversation, Felix discusses the Efficient Elements add-in for PowerPoint. Read the conversation here.
Learn PowerPoint 2010: Spelling Dictionaries
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Combine Shape Commands