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Resonate Giveaway: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

Nancy DuarteNancy Duarte has been Principal at Duarte Design since 1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. Nancy has also authored three amazing books: Slide:ology, Resonate, and the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations. In this conversation, Nancy discusses the new multimedia edition of her book, Resonate that is being given away gratis.

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How to Deliver a TED Talk: Conversation with Jeremey Donovan

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 and How To Win the Toastmasters World Championship. In this conversation, Jeremey discusses his book, How To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World's Most Inspiring Presentations.

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Hanukkah Menorah Clip Arts for PowerPoint

Hanukkah Menorah Clip Arts for PowerPointHere are some Hanukkah clip art graphics for PowerPoint using the Menorah theme – these are perfect for the festive season. We provide you with 4 typical graphics in a silhouette style. These graphics are available in both black and white and are contained within two separate sample presentations you can download. Just copy the clip art graphic you like and paste into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet.

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Hanukkah Dreidel Clip Arts for PowerPoint

Hanukkah Dreidel Clip Arts for PowerPointHere are some Hanukkah clip art graphics for PowerPoint using the Dreidel theme – these are perfect for the festive season. We provide you with 4 typical graphics in a silhouette style. These graphics are available in both black and white and are contained within two separate sample presentations you can download. Just copy the clip art graphic you like and paste into another PowerPoint slide, or even a Word document or Excel worksheet.

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PowerPoint 2013 TutorialsLearn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Advanced Glow Options
Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time. Especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors -- so if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc.
Apply Soft Edges to Shapes
Among the various shape effects available within PowerPoint 2013, probably the most subtle one is the Soft Edges effect. This effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. Soft Edges work best with larger shapes, especially if you use some of the larger Soft Edge variations available. PowerPoint provides some ready-to-use Soft Edges.
Advanced Soft Edges Options
The Soft Edges effect adds an eaten-up, feathered edge to a selected shape. PowerPoint 2013 does provide you with some ready-to-use Soft Edges but you may want to edit the applied Soft Edges effect to be less or more pronounced. Whatever your reasons for customization, you can certainly edit the properties for the Soft Edges effect -- for instance, you can change the soft edge size parameter, as explained within this tutorial.
Bevel Effects
By default, the PowerPoint shapes that you insert on your slide are flat and two-dimensional. And this indeed works well most of the time. Yet, there are opportunities and situations that may benefit from a three dimensional graphic. It is times like these that you can apply plethora of Shape Effects that PowerPoint provides, or just use the Bevel shape effect that makes it stand apart by making your shape look embossed, like a button, or even a pillow -- the different output variations occur since there are many Bevel presets available in PowerPoint 2013. Play with all the presets, and some Bevel presets will make your shapes will look as if they can pop out of the slide. Do note though that 3D does not always have to be loud and opulent -- there are plenty of Bevel effect presets that are more restrained and understated!
Rotation Effects
Among all the Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2013, the 3-D ones stand apart. For any of the 3-D effects to work, you must understand two important 3-D parameters -- these two parameters are 3-D Rotation and 3-D Depth. Although you can rotate any shape that has a Depth of zero, you really cannot see any Depth within a flat object. Thus you must first rotate your object and then add Depth. We already covered the Bevel effect in a previous tutorial. In this tutorial, we will cover 3-D Rotation, and in the next tutorial, we will explore 3-D Depth.

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