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by Geetesh Bajaj, March 18th 2010

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Carmine Gallo The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: An Interview with Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands. His client list includes Intel, Chase, Barclays, IBM, Nokia, and many others. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist and former anchor, host, and business correspondent for CNN, Fox, CNET, and CBS.

He is a sought after speaker and author of the new book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience.

At Indezine, we were lucky to do an exclusive interview with Carmine -- here are some excerpts. You can read the full interview here...

Secrets of Steve JobsGeetesh: I loved your analogy in the book when you say: “Save your bullet points for grocery lists” – however everyday office staff has to use these bullet points. So how can they change to presenting without bullets – is that an overnight process, or can this be a gradual evolution?

Carmine: It’s not necessary to blow up your entire presentation template and start from scratch. Evolve slowly. Steve Jobs uses lists, but he usually has an image alongside the list. This is called picture superiority. People remember concepts more readily if the idea is presented as a picture, along with the text. Text alone, especially in bullet point form, is boring and gives the brain far too much information to absorb. One scientist said, The brain is a lazy piece of meat. In other words, the brain looks for ways to conserve energy. Don’t make the brain work too hard. Creating slides with 10 wordy bullet points is forcing my brain to work too hard! Replace that slide with an image of the product or concept and no more than three or four points alongside it. That’s an easy way to make your slides more engaging without turning the culture upside down.

Read the full interview here...

See Also: Create a Presentation the Steve Jobs Way (An Indezine exclusive article by Carmine Gallo)

Launching LegalPPT

LegalPPTI have some news to share with you all -- especially if you work in the legal field, or if you have friends or colleagues who do.

The legal profession is one of the most high profile users of PowerPoint presentations, and I am glad to announce the launch of a whole new site, to address the needs of this niche market.

This site has been a work in progress for far too long! I wanted to make sure that I was not doing any training sessions, or traveling to conferences, or even on vacation when I get this moving ahead. Unfortunately, that was easier said than done -- hence the delay.

Now that we are going ahead with launching this site, let me tell you that we already have a few legal PowerPoint templates for you to download -- more templates and other stuff should be coming soon.

By other stuff, we mean PowerPoint sample presentations, book reviews, resources, interviews, and more -- all for PowerPoint users in the legal domain! Meanwhile, do send your feedback!

See Also: We already have PowerPoint sites for medical and church users -- see and

Learn PowerPoint 2007 and 2010: Recolor Picture Backgrounds

One of the worst things that you can do to your PowerPoint presentation is to add a busy, multi-colored background to your slides. However, people do that all the time and in the process, they compromise the subtlety and contrast of any content on their slides. One option is to recolor your backgrounds to make them more understated, and I do agree that this is a slightly difficult task to accomplish unless you use the new Recolor options available for pictures in both PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.

Learn more here...

Terry IrwinPowerPoint in Medicine: Conversation with Terry Irwin

Terry Irwin is a consultant surgeon in Belfast, Northern Ireland working for the National Health Service (NHS) at the Royal Victoria Hospital, the main regional centre in Northern Ireland. His surgical specialty is colon and rectal surgery -- always a good conversation stopper when people ask him what he does. His response is that he repairs waste disposal systems! Terry is also a long time PowerPoint user and co-author of a book on PowerPoint geared towards the designing of medical presentations. In this conversation, Terry talks about the the usage of PowerPoint in the medicine industry, and his training sessions.

Read the conversation here...

Rouwen StallwangerGanttChart Generator for PowerPoint: Conversation with Rouwen Stallwanger

Rouwen Stallwanger studied physics and astronomy in Munich, Potsdam and England. His business career started in large companies for insurance and banking in Germany and France. In 2007, he created his own company involved in development process and control that creates individual software solutions (business intelligence) for clients in finance, human resources and real estate. In this conversation, Rowen discusses his GanttChart Generator for PowerPoint product.

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Art HoldenPresenterMedia: Conversation with Art Holden

Art Holden has been in the animation and presentation industry since 1996. He helped start Animation Factory in 1997 and served as general manager of Animation Factory for thirteen years. He currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA and works with PresenterMedia, a media content creating company.

In this conversation, Art talks about how his PresenterMedia site can help PowerPoint designers get good visual content.

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PresentationPro PowerSLIDES: The Indezine Review

Expressing ideas using visuals is always a great option as long as you use relevant content. Visuals are actually a much larger family than just pictures -- they can also include content like maps, illustrations, charts, etc. In addition, they often include collections of shapes that function as frameworks. Our review product is called PowerSLIDES, and it is a collection of such multi-purpose framework slides.

Read the review here...

Joe GustafsonBrainshark Channel Solution: Conversation with Joe Gustafson

Joe Gustafson, CEO of Brainshark, Inc., founded the company in 1999 to help knowledge experts accelerate the flow of information to their audiences in a highly effective format. Under Joe's leadership, Brainshark has become a leader in on-demand business communications and a successful Software-as-a-Service company.

Joe has been instrumental in the development of Brainshark’s Channel Solution, which solves critical challenges for companies looking to increase channel revenue.

Read the conversation here...

Pallav Nadhanioomfo: Conversation with Pallav Nadhani

Pallav Nadhani is the co-founder and CTO of InfoSoft Global. He co-authored a book on combining the power of Flash and .NET called 'Flash.NET' at the age of 17 and has written several technical articles for international journals ever since. An MS in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, he is the founder and lead developer of FusionCharts, the industry's leading Flash charting component.

In this conversaton, Pallav talks about oomfo, an add-in for PowerPoint that adds animated and interactive charts.

Read the conversation here...

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PowerPoint 2008 for Mac Tip

powerpoint 2007 makeover kitThe Windows version of PowerPoint provides the ability to password-protect PowerPoint files. This feature gives PowerPoint-for-Windows users a sense of security, although some critics complain that it does little to prevent some people from opening and editing those files in PowerPoint for Windows. Unfortunately, Mac users can't open these files. If you receive a password-protected file, you can't open it in PowerPoint for Mac. Your alternative is to ask the sender to resave the presentation without password protection

This tip is from my book, Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies which I co-authored with Jim Gordon -- check the book now!

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