PowerPoint Tutorials, Handmade Slides, Conversations, and News (Page 134)
PowerPoint Tutorials on text transformations and gridlines for all versions, read conversations of Brainshark's Andy Zimmerman and Prezi's Drew Banks, and download pushpins handmade slides.
Date Created: April 10th 2013
Last Updated: April 27th 2013
We get you an exclusive interview with Drew Banks of Prezi -- he discusses the success and origins of Prezi -- and what sets it apart from other slide programs. Brainshark's Andy Zimmerman discusses their new Sales Enablement Portal -- and Jerry Weissman talks about his new book, Winning Strategies for Power Presentations. We also get your more pushpin graphics for your slides this week. Finally, you will find simple-to-understand, cross referenced tutorials on PowerPoint tasks. If you use PowerPoint 2013 for Windows, look at our tutorials on Gridlines and Guides that help you position your slide objects in place. PowerPoint 2011 for Mac users will enjoy tutorials on Text Transforms and Inserting Movie clips.
When you insert a video in your presentation, you might see that the placed video clip displays a blank or black rectangle on the slide. If your video clip does not show a black rectangle, then of course there is no issue concerned. However, if it does show this black rectangle, your viewers may not find this appealing at all. With PowerPoint 2011's Poster Frame feature, you can easily overcome this limitation, and change the black rectangle to an image by selecting a frame from the video itself, or even a picture from a different source.
After a career of 10 years as management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam and London, Jan Schultink now is the Founder and CEO of Idea Transplant, a presentation design firm that creates sales, conference, and investor presentations. He is based in Tel Aviv but serves clients all over the globe. In this conversation, Jan discusses his new e-book, Pitch It!
You cannot locate PowerPoint 2013 on your computer? Or you are not sure if there are any other versions of PowerPoint on your computer -- maybe an older version? Yes, we know that this can happen, although it does sound a little strange. You may be unable to locate PowerPoint, mainly in scenarios such as these.
Continuing our pushpin series, this set of pushpins looks a little different -- in fact these pushpins look akin to map pins, just larger! If you need to use any of these ready-made pushpin graphics on your slides, then all you need to do is download the files. These pushpin graphics are made available in five colors within the downloaded PowerPoint slides. Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.
Why would you want to add a video clip within a PowerPoint slide? There are plenty of wrong reasons, and a few good ones -- let us explore the good reasons and then show you how you can add a video clip to your slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Here are some good reasons.
More pushpin graphics for your slides! These ready-made pushpin graphics are so easy to use since they are already placed within the presentation you will download. You'll find them in five colors -- just copy them from the downloaded slide and paste on your own slides! These pushpins make your pictures, shapes, or anything else appear as if they have been pushed onto a surface, notice-board, or wall with a pin!
Like Gridlines, Guides also allow you to position and snap your slide objects in place. When guides are enabled for the first time within PowerPoint, you can just see two guides by default. These guides are two dotted lines, one horizontal and the other vertical. They span to intersect exactly at the center of the slide.
Jerry Weissman is among the world's foremost corporate presentations coaches. His private client list reads like a who's who of the world's best companies, including the top brass at Yahoo!, Intel, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Netflix and many others. Jerry founded Power Presentations, Ltd. in 1988. One of his earliest efforts was the Cisco Systems IPO road show. Following its successful launch, Don Valentine, of Sequoia Capital, and then chairman of Cisco's Board of Directors, attributed "at least two to three dollars" of the offering price to Jerry's coaching. That endorsement led to more than 500 other IPO road show presentations that have raised hundreds of billions of dollars in the stock market. In this conversation, Jerry discusses his new book, Winning Strategies for Power Presentations.
All the transform effects that you apply to your text may or may not suit your requirements every time. While some of these effects need to be made subtle, some other may need to be made more prominent. In fact, you can go ahead and tweak any of the presets to come up with your own distinctive transform effect. In this tutorial you'll learn how to tweak the Transform text effect in PowerPoint.
Andy Zimmerman is chief marketing officer for Brainshark, Inc., a leading provider of sales enablement solutions. Brainshark’s offerings include Brainshark On-Demand -- for turning PowerPoint documents into online and mobile video presentations -- and SlideShark, the award-winning app for showing PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Andy discusses the Brainshark Sales Enablement Portal, which Brainshark is launching today.
PowerPoint's gridlines help you position your slide objects more precisely -- along with rulers and guides, gridlines let you position and snap slide objects in place so that you can easily line a set of slide objects uniformly. Gridlines are intersecting parallel and vertical dotted lines displayed on the slide forming almost a dotted graph-like mesh.
We start this issue with another set of pushpin graphics! Put these on four corners of your pictures, or just place one of them on the top center of your picture! We've combined all our pushpin graphic sets into one simple download now! Read our review about MagPointer -- this is a fascinating PowerPoint add-in to try out, and makes it easier to present data heavy slides. Matt Carter is based out of the Northwestern part of the US, and he discusses his book, Designing Science Presentations -- great if you work in science, medicine, research or related fields -- but his book is essentially great reading for any PowerPoint designer. We continue with our tutorials on the new PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- also you'll find ways to make your text stand apart in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Enjoy this issue, and do send us your feedback!
Drew Banks is the Head of Marketing at Prezi -- after treading across NC State's "Brickyard" plaza and down MIT’s infinite corridor, Drew cut his entrepreneurial teeth within game-changing companies such as SAS and Silicon Graphics. Hooked on disruptive innovation, Drew co-founded Pie Digital in 2005 to make home networking easy as pie! At Prezi, Drew returns to his SGI-spawned passion to change the world through visualization. Drew also writes. He's published a couple of business books on communications and social media, as well as a couple of novels on ... life. In this conversation, Drew discuss how Prezi evolved -- and what sets it apart.
Twisted or turned text? Is that real? Or is that even something that you would want in your PowerPoint slides? For the benefit of all purists here, we agree that such "arty" text has no place in real world slides. However there may still be scenarios in which you wished you could twist or turn your text! Most of the times, text is not decorated beyond applying some fills, or outlines, or some readymade WordArt Styles (Quick Styles). However, there are occasions when you want to create a quick logo, or even an attention grabbing text graphic -- then you will find PowerPoint's Transform effects for text very apt.
Here’s another set of pushpin graphics that look like real pushpins on your slides! These ready-made pushpin graphics are contained within the presentation you will download and can be used within your slides to create a look that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pushed onto a surface, notice-board, or wall with a pin! You’ll see them in five colors. Just copy them and paste them on the edges of pictures in your presentation.
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