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PowerPoint Concept Slides: Segment Triangle

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Segment Triangle    PowerPoint Concept Slides: Segment Triangle
After our successful Segment Circles series, we bring you the Segment Polygons series. We start with this Segment Triangle slide: a triangle that includes three equal, perfectly sized segments that you can use to effectively illustrate "three-in-one" or "one-for-three" relationships. Each individual segment is a separate shape that can be filled in with a picture, a gradient, a solid fill, or any of the other PowerPoint fill types. In the example shown, we used all three pictures related to nature.

Download and use these slides in your presentations.

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Eight Segment Circle

PowerPoint Concept Slides: Eight Segment Circle    PowerPoint Concept Slides: Eight Segment Circle
As part of our segment circles series, we bring you this 8 segment circle graphic that you can use to effectively explain any idea in your presentation that comprises 8 components/elements. Each individual segment is a separate shape that can be filled in with a picture, a gradient, a solid fill, or any of the other PowerPoint fill types. In the example shown, we used all 8 pictures related to food. Similarly, when you use this 8 segment circle in your presentation, try to use pictures that are related to each other.

Download and use this concept slide in your presentation.

Presentations Perspective: by Tom Mucciolo

Tom Mucciolo For those who are connecting the dots, the future of presentations is clearly focusing on the delivery of expertise supported with a limited display of content. The better slides will be designed to be viewed, not read. The images will "tease", never "please" allowing visual support to provide only enough content to lead an audience directly back to the presenter for the interpretive context. Interaction, where possible, will engage audiences by involving them in the problem, not simply offering a preplanned solution. Change will occur with interpersonal communication, the appeal to long-term memory using stories, examples and analogies, a knowledgeable presenter who comes equipped with questions for the audience that stimulate thinking, and someone who understands that the non-verbal cues must remain congruent with prepared content. Assessments that can measure skills will gain prominence as presenters seek immediate feedback from audiences in order to adapt to ever-changing conditions. Savvy speakers will understand audience preferences and find ways to meet individual needs in a variety of venues. Visually speaking, ahead of us should be the streamlined version of what preceded us!

Read more in this post by Tom Mucciolo.

Learn PowerPoint 2013: Presentation Gallery

Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2013

When launched, PowerPoint typically 2013 opens a Presentation Gallery. The Presentation Gallery provides several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a Theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation.

Explore the new Presentation Gallery in PowerPoint 2013.


Learn PowerPoint 2013: Widescreen Defaults

Widescreen Defaults in PowerPoint 2013

When you open PowerPoint 2013 for the first time, you'll see that all slide examples in the Presentation Gallery are in widescreen aspect ratio with 16:9 proportions. This is in complete contrast to the typical standard slides with 4:3 aspect ratios that you saw in all older PowerPoint versions. For many of us who are living in a world with widescreen displays and projectors, this may be a blessing -- but many others may not feel as blessed! Worse, there's no obvious way for you to change these defaults so that you can always have 4:3 slides rather than 16:9. Microsoft probably made this change since widescreen is the common format for current displays nowadays -- but to provide no option to choose a aspect ratio at the time of creating a slide is akin to providing zero control to the user.

Learn about PowerPoint 2013's default 16:9 widescreen slide option.


Raptivity 7.3: The Indezine Review

Raptivity 7.3: The Indezine Review

Raptivity 7.3 enables you to quickly create learning interactions. You can choose from over 180 learning interactivity templates and add games, simulations, brainteasers, interactive diagrams, virtual worlds, etc. All these interactions can then be exported to various formats -- most of the newer interactions support HTML5 output that's iPad friendly. Additionally, you can enhance the repertoire of interactions by adding more packs to your Raptivity installation -- these packs need to be purchased separately.

Learn more about Raptivity 7.3, a product that enables you to quickly create learning interactions.


Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Backstage Info Panel


Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Slide Transitions and Text



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