by Geetesh Bajaj, January 24th 2012
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Bloated Email Inboxes and Slide Decks

Geetesh Bajaj
I had no email access for four days -- and when I got back, I had several hundred emails waiting for me to look at. So what is the best approach for such a situation? Typically, I am a very "numbered" person who addresses the topmost mail in my inbox before moving to the next mail, and that approach has never been a great help. So this time I skimmed through all emails, picked up the four or five emails that were the most urgent -- and then let the others be taken care of in the next week. For some of the important-but-not-too-urgent emails, I sent a note to the senders that I'll get back to them soon -- and filed these in a folder that needs to be tackled next. It feels really great to tame my bloated email inbox, and write this editorial in no great hurry!
Maybe that's exactly the approach we can take with presenting? Consider the typical bucketload of slides that most business presentations contain. What if the presenter retrieved the few important slides from that bucketload and concentrated on this important content -- and then he or she practiced these slides, researched possible questions and answers, and made as many improvements as possible all the while. I think this approach would work! So that's the thought of this week -- do ponder and share your feedback with me.
We continue with plenty of new content in this issue -- scroll down to find more.
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PowerMockup: The Indezine Review

PowerMockup Add-in ReviewPowerMockup is a PowerPoint add-in that lets you create mockups of anything you want to design - maybe a web site, even a Visual Basic program, a Flash movie, or any idea that you want to sketch or storyboard. It works entirely within the PowerPoint program interface, as you can see in Figure. PowerMockup adds a rich set of user interface elements (buttons, text boxes, navigation bars, etc.) which makes prototyping new concepts very easy - all within PowerPoint. Using PowerPoint as a mockup tool has many advantages because almost everyone knows how to use it. Read the Indezine review of PowerMockup.

Animated Slides

Animated Text Boxes - 001
Animated Text BoxesTwo slides that contain text boxes – each character has a different text box associated and animated with it – and all the text is Theme aware so that it changes to the text colors that go well with the active Theme of your presentation. To add more text characters, just copy and paste existing text boxes. The animation and formatting of the text boxes will be copied as they are duplicated. We used PowerPoint 2010 to create this presentation, and it works best in either that version or in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac – although it does seem to work well even in older versions. Download and use this slide for your own presentations.
Hearts Roll
Hearts RollHundreds of stars twinkle, some more stars revolve and the hearts move along, in all their splendor! Amazing that everything can be animated to such precision using nothing other than shapes found within PowerPoint. Of course, we made sure that all shapes were filled with the perfect gradients that were color coordinated to the Theme of the presentation. And while this entire animated slide was created in PowerPoint 2010, it should work just fine in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows and PowerPoint 2008/2011 for Mac. All animations are set to repeat indefinitely so that the stars and the hearts keep twinkling and moving until you navigate to the next slide. Download and use this slide in your presentation.

Conversations and Interviews

Irwin HipsmanBrainshark’s Annual Sharkie Awards: Conversation with Irwin Hipsman
Irwin Hipsman is the director of customer community at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark's cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations -– using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone –- and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Irwin discusses Brainshark’s annual Sharkie Awards, which are now open for submissions. Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Slide Transitions

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Drawing Lines

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