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Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Nolan Haims

September 16, 2015

Nolan Haims

After careers in theatre and the circus, Nolan Haims moved into the world of presentation, designing presentations for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions and all the major television networks. Nolan was the Presentation Director for Edelman, the world's largest independent PR company. He writes about visual communication at PresentYourStory.com. In this conversation, Nolan discusses his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.

Read the conversation here.


Title Cards in Sway

September 16, 2015

Title Cards in Sway

A Title Card is something that's part of every Sway you create. You cannot delete the Title Card nor can you add a new Title Card to any existing Sway. In other words, a Title Card signifies the existence of any Sway you create and is among the most important parts of your Sway document. Not surprisingly, changes you make in the Title Card influence almost everything within your Sway. In this tutorial, we will explore options that you can use to work better with a Title Card.

Explore how Title Cards have unique abilities that you can exploit within Microsoft Sway.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 15, 2015

We first present an interview with Steven Memel, who through his The Science of Switching On program has helped in the development of top performers ranging from the silver screen to the corporate boardroom. We then talk to Dave Paradi about his ongoing 2015 Annoying PowerPoint Survey. We bring you interviews with celebrated speakers who will be part of the Presentation Summit in New Orleans later this month. This week we feature Keith Harmeyer and Taylor Croonquist. We discuss connecting services to your Microsoft Account and also removing them -- Flickr is used as an example in these tutorials. We also explore the Remove Background option in various versions of PowerPoint. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Learn Sway: Text Cards

September 15, 2015

Learn Sway: Text Cards

We have already explored how Cards in Microsoft Sway work similarly to Placeholders in Microsoft PowerPoint. While PowerPoint has just a handful of Placeholder types, Sway provides many more Card types. In fact, Sway has so many Card types that they needed to be placed within one of three categories. We will first look at Text Cards, the first of these three categories of Cards.

Explore how you can work with Text Cards in Microsoft Sway.


Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with Matteo Cassese

September 14, 2015

Matteo Cassese

Matteo Cassese is an interactive consultant and an entrepreneur passionate about innovation and technology living in Berlin, Germany. Before starting his consulting business, La Fabbrica della Realtà, in 2011, he has held technical and marketing roles in the internet, telecommunications and entertainment fields. His experience with presentations spans more than 10 years, where he has applied his skills to bigger corporations and startups alike. In January 2015 he has launched the Presentation Hero Academy. In this conversation, Matteo discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

Read the conversation here.


Working with Cards within Sway

September 14, 2015

Working with Cards within Sway

You can create a new Sway from scratch, or you can also import existing files such as PowerPoint, into Sway. Then you can add various media elements within your Sway using the options explained in our Insert Options in Sway tutorial. Other than the Insert option, you can also work with Cards to insert various elements. So what is a Card? In Sway parlance, a Card is a container that contains text, images and videos.

Learn how Cards work within Sway.


Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Taylor Croonquist

September 11, 2015

Taylor Croonquist

Taylor Croonquist is the co-founder of Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, a website delivering actionable PowerPoint training and speed strategies, helping professionals cut their build time in a third. Prior to Nuts & Bolts, Taylor lived and worked in China for 10 years in finance and consulting. When he's not busy crafting PowerPoint training, you can find him traveling and scuba diving. In this conversation, Taylor discusses his session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.

Read the conversation here.


Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

September 11, 2015

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2013

Do you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within those removed parts of the picture? The Remove Background option may be just what you need to remove the backdrop from an inserted picture in PowerPoint 2013.

Learn how to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2013.


Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Keith Harmeyer

September 10, 2015

Keith Harmeyer

Keith Harmeyer is a recognized thought leader on the topics of innovative thinking, creative problem solving, idea generation and advanced presentation and communication skills. An accomplished speaker and writer, Keith is co-author of the book, SmartStorming: The Game-Changing Process for Generating Bigger, Better Ideas. He has shared his insights with an international audience of thousands of corporate professionals from a wide range of industries. Before co-founding SmartStorming LLC, Keith worked at advertising agencies in the Omnicom and Publicis networks. He is a graduate of Loyola and Tulane Universities, New Orleans, of Coach University, and is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Florida Speakers Association. In this conversation, Keith discusses his keynote at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 series.

Read the conversation here.


Advanced Background Removal Options for Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

September 10, 2015

Advanced Background Removal Options for Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

We already showed you how to remove the background from an inserted picture in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- this process works great for simple pictures that have fairly distinct foreground and background areas. However, if the picture is little crowded or does not have clearly demarcated areas, you need to manually select the areas to be retained or removed in the picture using some fairly advanced background removal options.

Learn about advanced background removal options in PowerPoint 2011 using markers.


2015 Annoying PowerPoint Survey: Conversation with Dave Paradi

September 9, 2015

Dave Paradi

Dave Paradi has been recognized by the media and his clients as a presentation expert. He has authored eight books and four Kindle e-books on effective PowerPoint presentations. He consults on high-stakes presentations including one used to brief one of President Obama’s cabinet ministers. Dave is one of only fourteen people in North America to be recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint presentation community. His ideas have appeared in publications around the world. In this conversation, Dave discusses his new 2015 Annoying PowerPoint Survey.

Read the conversation here.


Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

September 9, 2015

Remove Background from Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Among PowerPoint 2010's newest and most magical abilities is the Remove Background option that lets you remove the background from an inserted picture. This can be a great feature if you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within the removed parts of the picture.

Learn how to remove a part of your picture to make a transparent background in PowerPoint 2010.


PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 8, 2015

September 8, 2015

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 8, 2015

We first explore alternatives to a clichéd visual concept -- the concept we look at is targets and darts. We then have exclusive interviews with speakers of the upcoming Presentation Summit 2015 -- we talk with Nigel Holmes, Ric Bretschneider, and Sandra Johnson. We begin a new tutorial series on Sway, Microsoft's digital storytelling presentation program. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.


Remove Services from Microsoft Account

September 8, 2015

Remove Services from Microsoft Account

In a previous tutorial, we showed you how you can connect a service to your Microsoft Account. However, there may be occasions when you want to remove any such connected service. Why? You may have privacy issues or may have changed your designation or job. In that case, you'll not want any such services connected to your Microsoft Account.

Learn how to remove various connected services from your Microsoft account.


Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with Steven Memel

September 7, 2015

Steven Memel

Steven Memel is an internationally renowned High-Performance Consultant and Award-Winning Actor, Director and Producer of Film, Television, Stage and Music. Through his powerful Peak Performance program, The Science of Switching On, he has helped in the development of top performers ranging from the Silver Screen to the Corporate Boardroom. Clients include Grammy award winners Adam Levine and Maroon 5, Academy Award nominee Drew Barrymore, actor Justin Long, Tony Award winner Lauren Bacall as well as CEOs, entrepreneurs, professionals and consultants. As a Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Seminar Leader, Steven Memel demonstrates a deep commitment and unshakeable belief that you are here to truly shine and manifest your own Personal Greatness. In this conversation, Steven discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

Read the conversation here.


Connect Services to Microsoft Account

September 7, 2015

Connect Services to Microsoft Account

Microsoft provides many online and desktop programs that let you do so much -- you can edit and create Office files, run an entire Operating System known as Windows, and also store and share files. In today's connected world, all these programs need to link to external "services" for sharing and using your personal documents. So what are these services? Well, most of these may be something you use everyday such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, etc. Microsoft also has its own services such as OneDrive from where you can use files which are saved online, and Skype through which you can make calls.

Learn how to connect various services to your Microsoft account

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