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03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Chart Chooser Cards: Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen

Dr. Stephanie Evergreen is an internationally-recognized speaker, designer, and researcher. She is best known for bringing a research-based approach to helping researchers better communicate their work through more effective graphs, slides, and reports. She is the 2015 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Guttentag award, given for notable accomplishments early in a career. She

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

INSCALE and PowerPoint's Morph Transition

PowerPoint's Morph transition effect continues to impress, and among my favorite users of this transition effect is INSCALE, a design agency based in Germany. We will talk more about Morph and INSCALE soon, but first do look at their Morph showcase presentation. Do notice that the folks at INSCALE have really pushed Morph to the limits, and they have many more presentations that we will

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

What’s Your Presentation Persona: Conversation with Scott Schwertly

Scott Schwertly is the Founder and CEO of Ethos3 and the creator of Badge, a proprietary presentation assessment tool which helps presenters discover and maximize their presentation style. He is also the author of two books, What's Your Presentation Persona? (McGraw-Hill, 2017) and How to be a Presentation God (Wiley, 2011). If Scott is not working with his team building presentations or

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Sendsteps: Conversation with Steven Blom

Steven Blom is a serial entrepreneur and co-founded Sendsteps, a PowerPoint add-in that allows the audience to ask questions with their mobile phone to the speaker on stage. He received his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering of the Delft University of Technology and graduated Cum Laude. In this conversation, Steven discusses Sendsteps. Geetesh: Steven, there are several audience

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Animate Bubble Charts in PowerPoint with Morph

OK, the title of this post is missing an important word, but I won't tell you about the missing word right away. First, let us remember Hans Rosling, who died on 7 February 2017 aged 68. He was an amazing speaker, and his TED talks have been viewed many times. He was also known for his non-profit organization, Gapminder, which he founded with his son Ola and daughter-in-law Anna. Hans Rosling

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Chart Chooser Cards: Conversation with Gavin McMahon

Gavin McMahon is a senior partner and co-founder of fassforward Consulting Group, where he advises Fortune 100/500 companies on business strategy. He brings a unique perspective on growth and innovation to his clients driving outcomes, traction, and results. In this conversation, Gavin discusses his Chart Chooser Cards he created with Dr. Stephanie D. H. Evergreen. Geetesh: Chart Chooser Cards

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

GoReact: Conversation with Chad Jardine

Chad Jardine is Head of Marketing at GoReact. He also teaches Marketing and Finance in the business schools of Utah Valley University and University of Utah. He is the co-author of Pillars of Inflection: Seven Fundamental Strategies for Explosive Company Growth He tweets at @ChadJardine and occasionally blogs about marketing on Medium. In this conversation, Chad talks about GoReact. Geetesh:

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Better Presentations: Conversation with Jon Schwabish

Jon Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His Twitter handle is @JSschwabish. In this conversation, Jon discusses his new book, Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks that helps people improve the way

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Captivate 9 Advanced Techniques: Conversation with Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

Pooja Jaisingh, the founder and chief learning geek at LearninGeeks, leads the design and delivery of eLearning and training solutions. She has created several award-winning eLearning courses and eBooks, and regularly conducts workshops and webinars on eLearning tools and techniques. In her previous roles, she worked as a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and senior Adobe eLearning

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

YAY Images Add-in for PowerPoint: Conversation with Jan Ole Kjellesvig

Jan Ole Kjellesvig is COO and one of the founders of YAY Images, one of Europe’s leading stock photo agencies. YAY is built on a strong technological platform, and focuses on innovative ways to distribute content worldwide, both directly and through strategic partnerships. In 2014 they launched the new image licensing model called “streaming”, which has caught the attention of the industry. Jan

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Talk Like a Rosling: Conversation with Rob Dysell

Rob Dysell is the CMO of Pickit. His job is to make sure that the perceived offer of the online service is always increasing and that sales are successful. Rob has worked over 10 years in advertising, design and digital marketing. Before working at Pickit, he ran the strategic department of the advertising Agency Acne in Stockholm. He has a mixed background: after graduating in social sciences,

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

The Authority Guide to Presenting and Public Speaking: Conversation with Steve Bustin

Steve Bustin has worked with major brands (MTV, TalkTalk, The Guardian) as well as charities (Stonewall, The WEA, Girls Not Brides) and hundreds of small businesses (SMEs) and individuals over the last 15 years. He has helped them to communicate better in order to build their business, reach new audiences and support their team. In this conversation, Steve talks about his book, The Authority

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Background Removal in PowerPoint: Conversation with Tucker Hatfield

Tucker Hatfield has been working as a Program Manager at Microsoft for 18 years and the last ten of them have been in Office. He’s worked on Cropping, Background Removal, Artistic Effects, Co-authoring, and Comments. He’s currently working primarily on Pen and Ink improvements for Office, including the recent Ink Editor feature. When work and family allows, he indulges his love for photography

03/27/2017 03:27 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

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

A Journey with NXPowerLite: Conversation with Mike Power

Mike Power is the founder and Managing Director of Neuxpower, a software solutions company based in the UK. Neuxpower custom-builds both stand-alone applications and add-ins that enhance existing software such as Microsoft Office. Their commercially-available file optimization software NXPowerLite compresses PDF, Microsoft Office and JPEG files simply and effectively by up to 90%, making them

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Lean Presentation Design: Conversation with Maurizio La Cava

Maurizio La Cava is a digital entrepreneur, marketer, blogger, public speaker, presentation design guru and Founder at MLC-Design. He is also author of Lean Presentation Design, top rated freelancer at Upwork.com, an official member of the Talent Private Cloud at Upwork.com and Elance.com, and Professor at European Institute of Design in Milan. His favourite quote is "Time is free but it's

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Outstanding Presentations 2016: Conversation with Vinay Mohan

An entrepreneur at heart, Vinay Mohan completed his MBA from The Ohio State University and co-founded Slideteam.net. Having made numerous PowerPoint presentations in B-school and earlier, he realized that there is no good one-stop PowerPoint resource on the web, where professionals can get excellent quality pre-designed slides. Realizing that there is an opportunity to service this market, he

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

PresentationPoint VideoPoint: Conversation with Kurt Dupont

Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After three years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport - this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Techsmith Camtasia 9: Conversation with Jake Pechtel

Jake Pechtel is the Strategy Lead for TechSmith’s popular screen recording and video editing desktop software, Camtasia. He has an extensive background in marketing and branding, as well as mobile games and applications. In this conversation, Jake discusses the new Camtasia 9. Geetesh: Camtasia 9 seems like a big release with several new features. Can you briefly tell about the new features,

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

The Presentation Guild: Conversation with Echo Swinford

A Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2000, Echo Swinford began her PowerPoint career in 1997. She holds a Master's degree in New Media from the Indiana University School of Informatics and is the owner of Echosvoice, a PowerPoint consulting firm specializing in custom template development, presentation creation, makeovers and cleanup, and training for large and small corporate clients. Echo has

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Outstanding Presentations 2016: Conversation with Ida Shessel

Ida Shessel believes that every expert, speaker, and coach who leads a presentation, training session, or seminar can get their message across in a dynamic engaging way. For over 20 years, she has been teaching presenters from around the world in the fields of technology, finance, pharmaceuticals, government, and more how to engage their groups and create effective learning experiences. Ida is

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Presentation Summit 2016: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte is CEO of Duarte, Inc. and the author of several best-selling books on presentations and communications. Her latest book, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols, co-authored with Patti Sanchez, shows how the world's greatest leaders use powerful communication to move people and ideas forward. She has a passion for teaching others about the power

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Outstanding Presentations 2016: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, a recognized expert, speaker, trainer, and best-selling author on PowerPoint, presentation skills, and AutoCAD. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines, newsletters, and blogs. She is presently running the Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2016 series, her webinar series that allows everyone to learn from renowned presentation experts.

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Recording Live Presentations with Camtasia: Conversation with Jake Pechtel

Jake Pechtel is the Strategy Lead for TechSmith’s popular screen recording and video editing desktop software, Camtasia. He has an extensive background in marketing and branding, as well as mobile games and applications. In this conversation, Jake discusses how you can record live presentations using Camtasia. Geetesh: Presenters always want a way to record their presentations—at least the

03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Geetesh, Interviewed by TJ Walker

Recently, TJ Walker interviewed me. We spoke about many things: how I evolved and got to do what I do, what are my thoughts on presenting, and so much more. The transcript below covers only the first five minutes, but the recorded podcast that you can play spans more than an hour. TJ: Our special guest today is internationally renowned PowerPoint expert, Geetesh Bajaj. He is the

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