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by Geetesh Bajaj, September 8, 2015

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Clichés: Target and Dart Pictures
Clichés: Target and Dart Pictures

How many times have you seen slides that include pictures of targets and darts, especially when the presenter wanted to emphasize that targets need to be met, or wanted to celebrate the success of a target met? OK, that last sentence itself sounded so clichéd! Imagine how clichéd that slide must appear to the audience?

Not another target with darts! So what visual do you use instead?
Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Nigel Holmes
Nigel Holmes

Born in England, Nigel Holmes studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and then freelanced for magazines and newspapers for 12 years in London before going to New York in 1977 to work for Time Magazine. He became graphics director and stayed there for 16 years. He has written eight books on aspects of information design. The latest is Instant Expert, a sequel to The Book of Everything. (He knows that both titles are not to be taken too literally.) In this conversation, Nigel discusses his keynote at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.

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Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Ric Bretschneider
Ric Bretschneider

Ric Bretschneider is a technologist, troublemaker, and problem solver. Professionally, he helps people raise the quality of their business communications, mainly presenting. At Microsoft, Ric spent 17 years working on PowerPoint, designing and molding the program that became a juggernaut in business communication. Shortly after leaving Microsoft, Ric was awarded PowerPoint MVP status, a recognition held by only a dozen or so people in the US. In his spare time, Ric runs the San Jose California branch of the Pecha Kucha presentation event, writes, blogs and podcasts. He's also a huge geek, his obsessions are hidden away on his site. In this conversation, Ric discusses his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.

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Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Sandra Johnson
Sandra Johnson

PowerPoint MVP, Sandra Johnson helps presenters PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandra has owned her presentation design business, Presentation Wiz, Inc., since 2001. As a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise, she works with individuals and corporations across the globe to ensure that they PowerPoint. Responsibly. Sandy strives each day to challenge her clients' pre-conceived notions about what they think PowerPoint can and cannot do for them. Doing so, elevates their materials and presentations, essentially transforming their personal or corporate brand to a level never before achieved. In this conversation, Sandra discusses her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.

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Sway Tutorials
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Getting Started with Microsoft Sway

Microsoft's Office Sway is a digital storytelling presentation program from Microsoft that's now part of the Microsoft Office family. With Sway, you can create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more by combining text and media to create an online presentation. Now the term "online presentation" may lead you to believe that Sway is an alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint, but really speaking that's just not the case!
Sign into Sway

Before you start working with Sway to create your own digital presentations, reports, or documents, you must first sign in using your Microsoft account. A Microsoft account contains credentials you use to sign into any of Microsoft's services such as Hotmail, Outlook, XBox, Live, Zune, etc.
Create a New Sway

Once you sign into your Sway account, you can create Sways! Yes, the program and the files it creates are both called Sway. So what do you need to create Sways? You can either use the content from your local device, or any content from internet sources such as Bing, OneDrive, YouTube, and Facebook. You can also combine text and media to create an online. These created Sways can be shared later as interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.
Import Content into Sway

In a previous tutorial, we looked at how you can create new Sway. Other than creating new Sways from scratch, you can also use your existing content by importing them into Sway. As of now, Sway allows you to import PowerPoint, PDF, and Word files. Once you import these files into Sway, the content in those files no longer works like how it did within the original format. However, that's precisely what you want to happen because you can hereafter add and edit the imported content within Sway. In this tutorial, we'll explore how you can import an existing PowerPoint file into Sway.
Insert Options in Sway

You can create a new Sway or import existing files into Sway. Whatever option you choose, you customize your Sways thereafter in the same way. There are many options that enable you to do so but in this tutorial we'll explore the Insert options that Sway provides.
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Here's the new, fifth set of animated Gears you can use within your slides - we call this one Even More Gears! This series is independent of the earlier series, and comes in both animated and non-animated versions.

Why should you get this series? So that you can save time! Yes, the time-consuming process of using Gears and animating them in PowerPoint is now made easy again.
You can just copy these gears from the downloaded presentation and directly paste them within your own slides. What could be easier? And what do you get? Not 1, not 2 - but 6 highly detailed gear styles, each of them in so many sizes!
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