PowerPoint and Presenting News
by Geetesh Bajaj, August 19, 2014

Checklist for Creating Presentations

Checklist for Creating Presentations When you are creating a new presentation, either for yourself or a client, there are many things you need to determine - even before the first slide is created. On this page, we have compiled a list of such things.

Make sure you tick all items on a checklist before you create a presentation

Don't Hurry with Charts!

Don't Hurry with Charts! Don't hurry with your chart slides! While this is true for almost any slide you create, it is more true for chart slides because charts do two things. First, they express figures, but those figures essentially express a thought, an idea, or a trend. To make this expression successful, you need some quality time to create a better chart. And then they inform audiences, and the result of that information may be the message you want your audience to believe in. This requires a well-crafted chart, and that again cannot be created in a hurry.

Don't be in a hurry to create your charts - some patience can do wonders

George for PowerPoint: Conversation with Richard Michaels

Richard MichaelsRichard Michaels is an expert at applying critical thinking to address large-scale business challenges and has been responsible for the implementation of training initiatives for organizations including: Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, Novartis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schering-Plough, Sanofi-Aventis, FDA, U.S. Army Training Command, and the Singapore Institute of Management. In this conversation, Richard discusses George, his add-in for PowerPoint.

Read the conversation here

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Media Actions for Audio
We have already explored how you can add an audio clip within a PowerPoint slide. Once you place an audio clip, you can associate this clip with several Media actions such as Play, Pause, Resume, and Stop. And although Media actions work the same way for both audio and video clips, there are some subtle differences. Due to these differences, we will explore both of them separately. In this tutorial, we will explore Media Actions for Audio in PowerPoint 2013.
Poster Frames for Videos
After inserting a video within your presentation, you may see a blank / black rectangle on the slide as placed video clip. The appearance of the blank / black rectangle is caused by the file format of the video clip inserted on the slide - not all the formats show these blank / black rectangles. In fact, you may also see the first frame of the video clip in some cases.
Media Actions for Video
A Video Action in PowerPoint is something that causes an event for any inserted movie/video clip -- these are simple events such as Play, Pause, Resume, and Stop. Although PowerPoint classifies Movie Actions as an animation type, these are not strictly animations. However, since Movie Actions can be accessed through the Add Animation gallery, we have included this tutorial in our Animations section. Once you add these Media Actions to your video clips, PowerPoint will allow you to make these Actions interact with other animations, including Triggers.
Video Correction Adjustments
Sometimes when you insert a video clip on your slide within PowerPoint 2013, it may appear too dark or light -- similar to what you might have seen on your television, especially a new television where you have to make a few adjustments to get the picture just right. These adjustments can be made to any of the video clips you insert within your PowerPoint slides. These kind of adjustments may be not only necessary for the appearance of the video clips on your computer, but also for how they show when projected onto a screen or even on a connected TV.
Add Trigger for Audio and Video Media Actions
An interactive PowerPoint presentation always interests audiences since it gets them involved actively navigating the slides. However, the audiences for whom these interactive slides are intended must be aware that some interactivity has been included so that they can click a slide object to cause an action to happen. With trigger animations, you click on a PowerPoint shape (or even an Action Button or any other slide object) to cause an audio or video clip on the same slide to play, pause, resume, or even stop.
Video Recolor Options
Sometime the original look of the inserted video may not work well with the color palette of your presentation. You could play around with the brightness and contrast for an inserted video by using the Corrections option. Additionally, you can also completely recolor your inserted video -- so you can make your full color video appear as a grayscale video, or even like a duotoned video such as blue and grayscale -- or any of the other Recolor options.
Video Styles
Similar to Shape Styles that you apply to shapes, PowerPoint provides you with Video Styles for your inserted video clips. These pre-built Video Styles add edges, shape, and effects to videos -- and can be applied with just a single click. Your videos no longer need to be rectangular -- some of the Video Styles change the video clip so that it plays within an oval or a rounded rectangle. Video Styles also transform the look of your inserted videos by applying borders, 3-D effects, shadows, frames, etc. around your video clip.
Inserting SmartArt
SmartArt in PowerPoint allows you to replace bullet points with info-graphic content using shapes that contain text. This approach is more logical in the way that we view and present content. In this tutorial you'll learn how to insert a SmartArt graphics within PowerPoint 2013. If you are new to this, do also take a look at the What is SmartArt? and SmartArt Samples pages.

New PowerPoint Templates on Indezine

New PowerPoint Templates on MedicinePPT

New PowerPoint Templates on LegalPPT

New PowerPoint Templates on FreePPTTemplates

New PowerPoint Templates on ChristianPPT

Add to Circles

Countdown Timers for PowerPoint

Countdown Timers for PowerPoint

Here are a bunch of Countdown Timer slides that you can use to create or embed in your own PowerPoint presentation slides.

This entire kit contains 5 different styles of Countdown Timers.

Buy Now

We made these available in two slide sizes for both standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) resolutions.

Download and use in your slides.

Popular LinkedIn Discussions

Possible to set text case in PowerPoint master?
Is there a way to set up a layout so that the text case is automatically applied when the layout on a slide is reset?

Appearance of animated slides in Notes view
Get slides into the Notes view without distorting the quality of vector elements?


Visit Our Groups

PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff

PowerPoint for Mac

PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Graphics


Your audience is made up of visual...
-- by Stephanie Diamond

If I'd waited to know who I was...
-- Austin Kleon

End Note

Received this email from a friend? If you would like to join our mailing list, go here.

Read past issues of this newsletter

This newsletter provides more info on better PowerPoint usage, and presentation design. You can also opt to get our RSS feed, where you can get updates through Feedburner.

See our Privacy Policy.

Follow on Twitter | Join our LinkedIn Group | Join our Facebook Group

Do let us know how we are doing -- we love to hear from you! And if you enjoyed reading any content on Indezine.com, please do like them on Facebook and other social platforms, click the Google +1 buttons on all these pages, and tweet them all so that you can share these joys with others -- and keep your feedback coming! Have a fabulous week.

Our PowerPoint and Presenting Blog is updated daily with information on what's new and happening in the world of PowerPoint.

The Indezine News mailing list is powered by Aweber.

If for any reason, you no longer want to receive this newsletter with valuable tips, resources, and information about PowerPoint and presenting stuff, you can unsubscribe by clicking the link at the end of this email. No hard feelings!

{!global calltoaction}