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03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Dynamic Text to Speech in PowerPoint

This is a promoted post. DataPoint is the PowerPoint add-on to display real-time information on your information screens. What more do you need? You can display information in real-time. Change the information on a second computer, and the data is updated on your screen. Want more attention? Set a notification sound when the data changes. Play a ping when a train is approaching the


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Beamium: The Smarter Way of Sharing PowerPoint Presentations

This is a promoted post. A lot of work goes into creating slides with PowerPoint. But what happens with your presentations after creating them? Sometimes they are used for presentations at events, some other time you simply share the documents as marketing white papers. Mostly, there is not much information which you receive after sharing the document, and only a fractional number of the viewers


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Create a Pop-out Effect in PowerPoint

Do you always struggle to make people focus on your presentations? Maybe you’re not a Photoshop pro who can spice up the images by using fancy layers and filters. Has it ever occurred to you that you can add the same Pop-out effect right in your PowerPoint presentation? Let’s see how we can create a Remove Background effect or the Pop-out effect. It can be used if you have many images in your


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

New feature for DataPoint and Bluetooth Buttons in PowerPoint

Let me show our latest project where we use PowerPoint to streamline a waiting queue. There is a company with helpdesks, and they want to have some privacy when they are helping customers. So, that is why they have a waiting area and a large monitor that is showing the availability of the desks. A green or red traffic light is shown to visualize the status of each desk individually. On the


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

6 Reasons Why Your PowerPoint Presentations (Still) Look Boring

You must have something important to present. Otherwise; why bother giving the presentation in the first place? And as such, you probably have prepared the content of your message well. And you might have even prepared a PowerPoint presentation to accompany your talk. But does it stand out? Does it do justice to the point you want to bring across? Or do your PowerPoint slides bring your talk


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

The Sixth Success Factor for Startups: The Perfected Pitch: by Jerry Weissman

“Startup Veteran” sounds like an oxymoron but it describes Bill Gross perfectly. Fresh out of Cal Tech in the 1980s, he started, grew, and sold three of his own companies. In 1996, he founded Idealab, a Pasadena-based organization to create and operate pioneering technology companies. Since then, Idealab has fostered the development of 125 companies, 40 of which have gone public or been


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

How To Present A Fireside Chat In 4 Easy Lessons: by Jerry Weissman

Creative Commons: Image by National Archives and Records Administration In case you haven't heard, presentations delivered standing behind a lectern are out and fireside chats are in. Whether it is an effort to emulate the format originated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt or an effort to avoid the curse captured by the old Jerry Seinfeld joke: "To the average person, if you go to a funeral,


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Choosing the Right Picture for your Slides: by Jullietta Stoencheva

You've probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same goes for presentation photos. Whether it's using PowerPoint, Sway, or one of those old school overhead projectors (ok, so we might be wrong about that last one), images make messages stronger. But why? Well, without getting all geeky about it, research shows that the human brain processes information more easily when


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

A PowerPoint timer functions as a common everyday-timer in your presentation. But there are other uses too for a timer such as displaying it on an information screen or even showing real-time, dynamic information on your slide using a timer: The user can use it for example on a school display system during play-time. And also a timer for lunch time in the factory, and so on. In this article,


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Moving Beyond Clichés

If you see one more picture of people shaking hands or a light bulb, then you will know that the slides themselves must be unimaginative. How do you create an imaginative thought process that goes beyond clichés? Since its launch in 1990, Microsoft's PowerPoint has become an integral tool for business. With 95% market share and over 1.2 billion users worldwide, it is estimated that millions and


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

The Single Most Important Factor For Persuasion: by Jerry Weissman

An indisputable fact of life in every company, every industry, every vertical, every geography, is that salespeople sell features when they should be selling benefits instead. This mistake is also chronic in presentations because presenters too often focus on their own message to the exclusion of their audiences, causing them to think: "Why should I care?" or "It's all about you!" Politicians


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Infographics and the Presentation Revolution: by Vikas Agrawal

'A picture says a thousand words' is perhaps a hackneyed truism, but infographics are proving it right all over again in the digital age. Infographics transform complex facts and figures into simple images and depictions which enable viewers to grasp difficult concepts instantly and make easy comparisons. These colorful, mesmerizing visual tools masquerading as work actually make learning fun.


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Using Dynamic PICTURES in PowerPoint: by Kurt Dupont

Do you have to stop a running Slide Show to update your pictures? You no longer have to do so because you can now use PowerPoint as a live image frame. PresentationPoint has added a new PowerPoint add-on to its Dynamic Elements Suite; Dynamic Pictures. Just use a normal picture placeholder/box and insert it on your slide. Normally you can display only one picture in a picture placeholder/box,


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

5 Presentation Hacks To Enhance Your Slides (Infographic): by Adam Noar

Do you ever find yourself yearning for some clever PowerPoint hacks to spice up your presentations? If the answer is YES then you're in luck because today we are going to be sharing some clever presentation tips and tricks that will help get your slide design off to a great start! From knowing where to find awesome images to creating beautiful graphics, this visual guide of presentation design


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

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


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Help Your Audience Remember Your Points With These 3 Techniques for Highlighting Important Words: by Ellen Finkelstein

When your audience sees a slide that is a sea of words, they will remember almost nothing. This type of slide overloads short-term memory and as they say these days, it's TMI (too much information). No matter how interesting your topic, when you present a slide full of text, people read it. They can read faster than you can talk, so they read ahead of you. In order to understand what they're


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

12 Engaging Presenter Behaviors to Keep Your Audience Awake

Picture Courtesy: Pixabay "I want to engage my audience," is what over half of the presenters I coach tell me. Here's what I tell them. First, many people in your audience are tired—probably at least a third of them just don't get enough sleep. They're sitting there hoping they won't embarrass themselves by nodding off. Part of your job is to help them stay awake, to actually pay attention and


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Your Escape Plan for Networking: by Fred Miller

Your escape plan for networking must be in place! If you're a regular networker, I'll bet this has happened to you. The seminar is scheduled to begin at 8:30, and the event notice suggested to: "Arrive early and Network!” "Great!" was your initial reaction. That's one of the reasons you attend events. You have developed and practiced you Elevator Speech. You've tweaked it enough times that


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Presenters Think Different, Also: by Fred Miller

'Think Different' was Apple's slogan for a long time. It was appropriate to their products and services. They did, and still do, 'think different' and 'do different.' This has been a huge factor in making them one of the world's most successful companies. Picture Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons We speakers can improve our presentations by 'thinking different,' when developing slides for our


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Power of Watercolor Visuals in Slide Design: by Peter Zvirinsky

Do you want to give a fresh look to your slides? Do you want them to stand out of the crowd? Then you should consider adding watercolor elements such as stripes or arrows. These are great to express uniqueness and creativity. Such an aquarelle painting style is one of the new emerging trends in graphic design. We see such effects also in business presentation design. Maybe it's even the new


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Choosing between Axis or Data Labels in Charts: by Dave Paradi

Graphs that use a measurement axis, like column, bar, and line graphs, by default have an axis when created in Excel or PowerPoint. One question that presenters ask is whether data labels should be added to the graph. In this article, I want to explain when you may want to consider using data labels vs. using an axis. One thing you don’t want to do is to use both an axis and data labels on a


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

How do spreadsheets end up on slides – and what you can do differently for your next presentation: by Dave Paradi

I often hear about leaders asking staff members to put a spreadsheet on a slide. I see this in the work I do reviewing slides from participants before my customized corporate workshops. These huge tables of numbers are overwhelming. In my workshops I prepare makeovers of slides and show the participants how the key message of the spreadsheet could be communicated as a visual instead. It is not


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Keep the Audience Attentive: by Claudyne Wilder

Imagine that you are listening to a presenter droning on and on, using the same tone of voice and the same pace. Before long you start thinking about the vacation you want to take and the plans you would like to make for the weekend. Then, all of a sudden, you realize that you are no longer really listening. But wait, the presenter just said something you might need to know. It's too late.


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

Andreessen Horowitz Shows How to Avoid the Worst Death by PowerPoint: by Jerry Weissman

Of all the many bad raps against PowerPoint—TMI (Too Much Information), MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over), Data Dump, Show up and Throw Up, and "Just mail me the deck!"—the worst is The Laundry List, in which the slides in a presentation have all the continuity of a deck of cards shuffled by a Las Vegas dealer. We've all been there: "First, I'd like to talk about…then I'd like to talk about…then I'd


03/29/2017 12:07 PM

One Plus And Two Minuses For Hillary Clinton's Logo: by Jerry Weissman

As part of the recent launch of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, her team introduced a new logo that drew as much highly-opinionated chatter in the design community as did her candidacy in the political arena. The Creative Bloq website listed five negative comments one day and followed it with five alternative designs the next day. Websites Design Taxi, Brand New, and Vox also


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