by Geetesh Bajaj, May 31st 2011

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Thanks to all of you for the amazing responses to our newly designed newsletter -- I promised I'll share pictures of my vacation in Bali with you all, and maybe I can show you all pictures from Kuala Lumpur in the next issue.

There are no giveaways this time, but we do plan to have one for you in the next issue -- there's plenty of other content -- do look below, and even in the sidebar on the right of this new look newsletter to find more stuff to explore!

Jerry Weissman: Exclusive Interview and Guest Posts

Jerry WeissmanJerry 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. We are honored to bring you not only an exlusive interview with Jerry, but also five exclusive guest posts from him!

Presentations in ActionIn this interview, Jerry discusses his new book: Presentations in Action: 80 Memorable Presentation Lessons from the Masters.

Read the interview here.

Also to celebrate this new book, Jerry has provided 5 free, exclusive posts to readers of -- my opinion is that these posts are worth their weight in gold -- read them all, tweet them, share them!

Why Use PowerPoint at All? A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Signage versus Documents -- Drive Your PowerPoint Home
The Graphics Spectrum -- Lives of Quiet Desperation
PowerPoint and Movie Stunts -- Use Graphics to Create Continuity
Jon Stewart’s Right -- Positioned on Purpose?

More Guest Posts

Chuck DietrichIntroduce a panel of speakers: Guest post by Ellen Finkelstein

Ellen Finkelstein, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books -- in this post, Ellen explains how you can create a slide to introduce a panel of speakers. On June 1st 2011, Ellen will be giving a webinar on Using Animation for High Impact Communication. It's the first in a series of webinars on a broad range of presentation skills.

Read Ellen's guest post here.

Sandra SchriftOn Speaking Like A Pro: Guest Post by Sandra Schrift

Successful speakers do not do all the right things all the time. They often take risks and risk bombing. But all top speakers take daily action, to move towards their goals with many adjustments. This is a guest blog post by Sandra Schrift, president/owner of CoachSchrift and Associates, a San Diego based consulting, training and coaching firm. In this post, Sandra provides tips to retain your composure while speaking in front of an audience.

Read Sandra's guest post here.

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

For our readers who use PowerPoint on the Mac, here are some more PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorials -- learn about the toolbars and other interface elements so that you can create better presentations in less time! Here you go:

Notes Pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Standard Toolbar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Formatting Toolbar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Handout Master View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

FillSlammer: The Indezine Review

FillSlammerFillSlammer is a very interesting PowerPoint add-in that allows creating blends between the shapes you insert on your PowerPoint slides. These blends can be between shape fills (including solid color fills and picture fills). Other than creating blends between shape fills, FillSlammer can also enables you to blend the shape outline, font color, etc.

Read the review here.

Conversations and Interviews

Here is a list of recent conversations -- read what these personalities have to say about their books, products, surveys, and sites:

Chuck DietrichVMware's SlideRocket Acquisition: Conversation with Chuck Dietrich

Chuck Dietrich is the CEO of SlideRocket, an online presentation platform founded in 2006 with the vision that provides for every part of the presentation lifecycle and helps you make great presentations. Chuck holds a BA from University of Colorado in Economics and an MBA from University of Utah. In this interview, Chuck discusses the VMWare acquisition of SlideRocket.

Read the conversation here.

Paul CannonSlideFest: Conversation with Paul Cannon and Gary Kamikawa

Paul Cannon is a Senior Product Manager with the Office team at Microsoft. For the past year he has been dedicated to PowerPoint and helping customers discover the important features of the latest release - PowerPoint 2010.

Gary KamikawaGary Kamikawa is a Sr. Marketing Manager with the Office team at Microsoft. Mr. Kamikawa joined Microsoft over 2 years ago tomanage the Office Ad network and drive advertising initiatives promoting usage and engagement of the various Office Applications. Prior to Microsoft, he worked as VP of Interactive Marketing for Mpire/AdXpose. In this conversation, Paul and Gary discusses the ongoing SlideFest contest.

Read the conversation here.

Shai SchwartzVisualBee Improvements: Conversation with Shai Schwartz

Shai Schwartz, VP Marketing & Creative at VisualBee has 10 years of experience in the high-tech industry as a graphic designer and provides services to clients such as Comverse, NICE, Amdocs, Intel and more. He holds an MA in Communications from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this conversaion, Shai discusses the new improvements announced for VisualBee that lets your presentations interact with social media platforms.

Read the conversation here.

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