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by Geetesh Bajaj, May 24, 2016

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Becoming a Webinar Expert: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein
Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. She also holds webinars on presenting skills on a regular basis. In this interview, Ellen talks about her webinar secrets.

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Create Memorable Content: Conversation with Carmen Simon
Carmen Simon

Carmen Simon's presentations and workshops help business professionals to use communication and presentation skills to increase revenue, train or motivate others, and overall to stand out from too much sameness in the industry. A published author, Dr. Simon is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at various conferences. She is co-founder of Rexi Media, a company that helps business professionals from all fields improve their presentation skills, whether they deliver content face-to-face, online, or create on demand presentations. In this interview, Dr. Carmen Simon reveals additional insights from her science-based book, Impossible to Ignore on how to create memorable and actionable content.

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Finding Your Presentation Metaphor: by Jim Endicott
Finding Your Presentation Metaphor: by Jim Endicott

For most people, creating presentations is not their day job. They sell things. They manage people. They drive projects. They make stuff happen. So it's understandable that when it becomes necessary to actually create a presentation, the process is rarely motivated by an understanding of the science of how our brains actually assimilate information (who has time for that). But more often by what's easiest and fastest. Creating bullets and sub-bullets – piece of cake. But for those who have to actually sit through 60 minutes of the stuff, that form of information has become the visual equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard.

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TorchMetrics: Conversation with Claudyne Wilder
TorchMetrics: Conversation with Claudyne Wilder

Claudyne Wilder coaches executives, managers, and salespeople on how to deliver presentations that get to the message. Her clients give compelling, passionate presentations. Her company has an ongoing contract to give her Get to the Message: Present with a Purpose workshop at a Fortune 100 Global Pharmaceutical Company. Claudyne brings a unique and invigorating perspective to her work from her years of studying the Argentine Tango. In this conversation, Claudyne discusses her new product, TorchMetrics, that lets you find out more about your audience's perceptions of your presentations.

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Pickit Brings Free Pictures to PowerPoint Again
Pickit Brings Free Pictures to PowerPoint Again

A while ago, Microsoft discontinued their hugely popular Clip Art collection that allowed you to search and insert visual content right from within PowerPoint without having to pay anything extra. Even better, most of the time you never had to worry about licensing since Microsoft made those available to you as part of an option within their own program. And now Microsoft has have teamed up with Pickit, a Swedish resource of pictures.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

More Gradients

Add a gradient fill to your shape, and you may run into limitations! For one, PowerPoint's default gradient options choose all the gradient colors for you, and all available gradients seem to be based on the same color family. While this sort of restraint does keep your slides looking consistent and aesthetic, they also prevent you from playing more with gradients. To play more, you must choose the More Gradients option -- this option leads you to a detailed gradient editor that's capable of making changes to the gradient type, direction, angle, color, etc. In this tutorial, we explain these extra gradient options available within PowerPoint 2016.
Gradient Stops

Once you add gradient fills to shapes in PowerPoint 2016, you may want to make the gradient fill look a little different -- or even a whole lot different. Yes, you can use the More Gradients option to add different types of gradients as fills to the shapes but that only provides more gradient fill types, and does not let you customize the colors within the gradient.
Add Texture Fills to Shapes

PowerPoint's fill options for shapes are extensive. The texture fills for shape incidentally are not too different from picture fills, other than the fact that they can be tiled. PowerPoint includes a built-in library of textures, and you can also import any picture, to be used as a texture. If you want to see a sample presentation showing texture fills in PowerPoint, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Tiling Options

Tiling options are available when you add texture fills to shapes or even use a picture as a fill to a shape. Tiling can really make a difference to your shape fill -- just play around with the tiling options explained in this tutorial.
Add Pattern Fills to Shapes

Pattern fills for shapes are two-color designs comprising lines, dots, dashes and checks. PowerPoint includes 48 patterns such patterns with names like Plaid, Weaves, Shingle and Zig Zag. Pattern fills for shapes are not included within the Shape fill drop-down gallery in PowerPoint 2016. But you can find this option buried within the Format Shape Task Pane. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can access Pattern fill options.
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Add to Circles
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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