by Geetesh Bajaj, September 27th 2011

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I just got back home to India after attending the hugely successful Presentation Summit 2011 in Austin, TX, USA. There were some great keynotes and you will learn more about some of these keynotes in this newsletter issue -- and in the next one.

Austin was very warm, and it almost seemed like India weather -- Rick Altman, the conference host also announced the next Presentation Summit 2012 -- to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona -- this is the 10th version of this conference series and it seems apt that the conference goes back to Arizona, where it all started with the first PowerPoint Live (the older name for the Presentation Summit) in Tucson.

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Keynotes at the Presentation Summit 2011

Nigel HolmesNigel Holmes at the Presentation Summit 2011 -- The opening keynote at the Presentation Summit 2011 was kick-started by Nigel Holmes. Nigel came from England 30 years ago, and is an amazing graphic designer. He showed his information art from the times when digital graphic design was not the norm. Nigel Holmes moved to America in 1978 to work for Time Magazine. He became graphics director and stayed there for 16 years. Despite academic criticism, he remains committed to the power of pictures and humor to help people understand otherwise abstract numbers and difficult scientific concepts, whether in print or in presentations. Read more about Nigel's session.

Carmen SimonCarmen Simon at the Presentation Summit 2011 -- Carmen Simon’s afternoon session was at the Presentation Summit 2011 was about the power of remembrance. Carmen emphasized that it's important to understand what your audiences remember, because audiences can only act upon what they recollect. During several past sessions, Carmen has asked her audiences about which of her slides they remember. And results can depend on various factors. Carmen's presentations and workshops help business professionals to use communication and presentation skills to increase revenue, train or motivate others, and overall to stand out from too much sameness in the industry. Read more about Carmen's session.

Guest Posts

Nolan HaimsLetting Go of the PowerPoint Template: Guest Post by Nolan Haims -- Tell me if this situation sounds familiar... You’ve engaged a presentation designer for an important pitch (or you’re that designer being engaged.) You’ve got a lot of content and strategy to create in a short amount of time—so much so that you know you’ll be writing up until the very last minute. So, you ask your designer to “create a template” that you can “drop” your content into. It sounds reasonable, as does downloading or purchasing a stock PowerPoint template that seems to fit the subject matter of your presentation. But here’s why the insistence on creating and using a “PowerPoint template” is often a waste of time and resources, and often entirely counter-productive to effective presentation. Read this post by Nolam Haims.

Jerry WeissmanDon't Raise the Bridge, Lower the Water -- Better Box Thinking: Guest Post by Jerry Weissman -- The aphorism, “Don’t raise the bridge, lower the water,” has applications from the soaring heights of architectural design to the quotidian task of presentation graphics; the common denominator in both being the importance of thinking outside the box……for presenters—who usually think within the strict confines of outbound corporate marketing boxes—better box thinking involves consideration of the audience. In most of today’s unilateral and overloaded business presentations, thinking about the audience all too often goes missing in action. Read this guest post by Jerry Weissman.

OfficeOne ProTools Color Picker: The Indezine Review

OfficeOne ProTools Color Picker is a PowerPoint add-in (compatible with PowerPoint 2010, 2007, 2003, and 2002) that lets you pick up and apply the colors of lines, fills, effects, etc. to selected shapes and text in your slides. In addition, it also allows you to quickly click on an area of your slide and set that color as the background fill for your slides. Color Picker shows you the color of the pixel directly beneath the cursor on the screen so that you know what exactly you are clicking on. Read the Indezine review of ProTools Color Picker.

OfficeOne ProTools Color Picker

Learn PowerPoint 2010

Here is a bunch of tutorials we released since the last issue -- we explore sound, text boxes, and even a cool tutorial on creating a CD or DVD graphic right inside PowerPoint. But most importantly, check our first tutorial that shows how you can create a cutout of a picture right inside PowerPoint 2010:

Remove Background from Pictures Remove Background from Pictures -- 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.

Drawing a CD or DVDDrawing a CD or DVD -- Last week I received a graphic of a CD from Ellen Finkelstein -- who created it for a promotion -- the amazing part was that Ellen used PowerPoint to create the image of the CD -- of course although this looks like a CD, you can use it for a DVD or Blu-Ray disc as well! In this tutorial, you will learn how a slide program like PowerPoint can be used as a very capable drawing program. And creating a CD in PowerPoint 2010 is indeed cakewalk!

Insert Audio (Sound)
Sound Across Slides

Reposition Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
Resize Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide
Set as Default Text Box

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: SmartArt and Sound

Mac users of PowerPoint can learn more about SmartArt graphics -- and also how they can loop sound across slides in PowerPoint 2011:

SmartArtInserting SmartArt
Convert Bulleted Text to SmartArt
Text Pane For SmartArt Graphics
Adding New Shapes to Existing SmartArt Graphics
Delete Shapes from an Existing SmartArt Graphic
Change between SmartArt Graphic Layouts (Types)

Insert Audio (Sound)
Sound Across Slides

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