by Geetesh Bajaj, November 15th 2011
To ensure future delivery of emails, please add mailinglist @ to your address book.

Offers, Kits, Conversations, and Tutorials

Geetesh Bajaj

You may wonder from the title above if we plan to include too much content in this issue? In that case you are right -- this is indeed a jumbo issue of this newsletter with so much information that we seriously considered holding back some of the content -- in the end, we decided to announce all of this stuff because we have more stuff coming up for you next week!

Last week, we mailed you all the never-before offer for Wildform products -- there are 3 more days to go for you to take advantage of this promotion.
Last month, we gave away a Halloween PowerPoint Kit -- the response from all of you has been amazing, thanks for all your feedback -- watch your inbox next week for a similar free Thanksgiving PowerPoint Kit!
This must have been the month of conversations too -- we have everyone from Nancy Duarte to Alexei Kapterev answering within our popular two-question format -- scroll down this mailer to see who else is talking this month. Speaking about talks, we have session notes from all the keynotes held this year at the Presentation Summit -- reason enough for you to make plans to attend next year's Presentation Summit at Scottsdale, AZ.
And we haven't stepped back from creating new tutorials as well -- let's just request you to scroll down to find the content.
Do let us how we are doing -- we love to hear from you! And if you enjoyed reading any content on, please do like them on Facebook and other social platforms, click the Google +1 buttons on all these pages, and tweet them all so that you can share these joys with others -- and keep your feedback coming! Have a wonderful week.

Get 50% off Wildform Products - Only for Indezine Subscribers!

Last week we announced a great offer from our friends at Wildform -- there are 3 more days to go. This is what you get:

Yes, you get 50% off everything in the store bundle. This includes Flair, Flix Pro, Flix Exporter, Power Players, Wild FX, and Custom FX.

Normally this totals $584 -- and half off that would be $292! That's only available to the first 50 buyers.

How to Buy

1. Go to the Wildform Store and add some products to your cart -- make sure that the total cost of your products is $200 or more to be eligible for this promotion

2. Click the I have a promotional code link.

3. Enter your code: INDEZINE2011, and click Apply to see your 50% discount.

PS - This coupon is valid for new licenses only.

Conversations and Interviews

Nancy DuarteDuarte's 16th Annual Pumpkin Contest: Conversation with Nancy Duarte
Nancy Duarte has been a Principal of Duarte Design since 1990. Her firm is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and the client list is loaded with Fortune 500 companies. Her passion for business communications that are clear, meaningful and attractive has opened doors for her in a business world full of cluttered and complex visual communications. In this conversation, Nancy goes off the beaten track to discuss pumpkins rather than slides! Read the conversation here.
Alexei KapterevPresentation Secrets: Conversation with Alexei Kapterev
Alexei Kapterev is one of the Russia's leading experts on presentations. He currently has a private consulting practice in Moscow. As permanent lecturer, he teaches at the Graduate School of Business Administration (Moscow State University) and as guest lecturer at the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is also working in cooperation with Mercator, Russia’s premier studio producing corporate presentations, films, and business graphics. One of his presentation scripts was awarded the finalist award at the New York Festivals competition. Alexei runs his site and a blog at In this conversation, Alexei discusses Presentation Secrets, his new book. Read the conversation here.
Mike ParkinsonUsing Charts in PowerPoint: Conversation with Mike Parkinson
Mike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communication expert and multi-published author. Mike has spearheaded multi-billion dollar projects and created thousands of graphics resulting in billions of dollars in increased revenue for his clients. He is often requested to speak at national conferences, large and small companies, and graphic industry events. Mike is a frequent contributor of visual communication articles for magazines, newsletters, and a variety of professional websites. Visit Mike's site, Billion Dollar Graphics for helpful presentation graphic tools and articles. In this conversation, Mike discusses best practices on using charts. Read the conversation here.
Joy MillerAt the Presentation Summit: Conversation with Joy Miller
Joy Miller, a technical writer for more than 16 years (12 at Microsoft), lives in the Seattle area of the state of Washington. She writes help documentation and produces how-to videos for Microsoft Office PowerPoint. You can find her industry-related posts on a regular basis at the PowerPoint Blog. In this conversation, Joy discusses the just concluded Presentation Summit. Read the conversation here.
Jay WilderSlideShark: Conversation with Jay Wilder
Jay Wilder is director of product marketing at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations – using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone – and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs. In this conversation, Jay discusses Brainshark’s SlideShark app, which the company unveiled today. Read the conversation here.
Jessica AtheySnap! By Lectora: Conversation with Jessica Athey
Jessica Athey is Global Marketing Manager of Trivantis, a world leader in e-Learning software, where she works in all facets of marketing such as content creation, promotion, public relations and online marketing. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism from the University of Cincinnati and is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America. In this discussion, Jessica discusses Snap! By Lectora, a PowerPoint add-in that lets you create engaging Flash content.Read the conversation here.
Bob BoylanStop Being Predictable!: Conversation with Bob Boylan
Bob Boylan has been a presentation skills trainer of executives for 30 years. Bob has taught thousands of executives the secrets to making powerful and effective presentations. His 3-step method is an innovative approach to developing powerful presentations that's quick, simple and effective. Bob lives with his wife Linda in Carbondale, Colorado where he enjoys life skiing, hiking, biking and photography, his second profession. Bob runs his site and a blog at Bob Boylan Enterprises. In this conversation, Bob discusses Stop Being Predictable!, his new book. Read the conversation here.

Presentation Summit 2011 Keynote Sessions

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 TaranCarmen Taran at the Presentation Summit 2011 -- Carmen Taran’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.
Garr ReynoldsGarr Reynolds at the Presentation Summit 2011
Starting our virtual morning on Tuesday at the Presentation Summit was Nancy Duarte who was present with a cool videotaped message that introduced the keynote speaker of the day, Garr Reynolds. Nancy spoke highly of Garr as an amazing, honest person who has inspired her. Garr, who spoke virtually from Osaka, Japan was awake late at night to coincide with the time difference with Austin, USA. He began his talk with pictures that showed views from his bedroom window during his childhood spent in west coast USA. He joked that he could probably see across the ocean to Japan, his future home country -- even then! Read about Garr's virtual session at the Presentation Summit.
Jim EndicottJim Endicott at the Presentation Summit 2011
Jim Endicott's keynote speech at the 2011 Presentation Summit was aptly named "We're all presenters today!" Jim did the afternoon keynote session on Tuesday, September 20th. He started with his experiences as a presentation coach after he quit InFocus Systems in 1998. He then started Distinction Communication, as a presentation design firm. Jim soon discovered that even the best slides do not necessarily result in successful presentations. So he added messaging support for his clients so that they were equipped with a proper message along with their slides. That worked well to some extent, but there was one missing facet -- the storyteller, the flesh and blood conduit for the message. Read about Jim's session at the Presentation Summit.
Nick MorganNick Morgan at the Presentation Summit 2011
After a photo slide show by Rick Altman, Wednesday morning at the Presentation Summit 2011 graduated to Nick Morgan's keynote session. Nick started his session by stating that the only reason to give any speech has to be to change the world. He discussed working on a speech for the Governor of Virginia for a decennial commemoration of the Vietnam war. During his research, Nick found a book that contained poignant letters from soldiers at war. During the actual speech, the Governor threw away his papers and read letters from the book. The last letter he read was about a lieutenant who was writing to his daughter he had never seen, and he never lived to see her. In a way, the Governor that day did something to change the world. Read about Nick's session at the Presentation Summit.

Guest Posts

Claudyne WilderAre You Prepared?: Guest Post by Claudyne Wilder
You tell a colleague that you are nervous about the presentation you are giving tomorrow and she responds, "Don't worry -- you'll do fine." What I would tell you is that you can feel prepared and (somewhat) relaxed if you have practiced the talk out loud with at least one person who is like a typical audience member. Also, did you practice using the technology. For example, if you plan to use a remote mouse, then you should rehearse using that mouse. Read more in this guest post by Claudyne Wilder.
Laura FoleyHow to Avoid the Four Biggest PowerPoint Color Mistakes: Guest Post by Laura Foley
PowerPoint makes it easy to use bright, vibrant colors in a presentation, which can either be good or very, very bad. Used correctly, color can draw attention to important parts of a slide, elicit a desired emotional response, or reinforce a company's brand identity. But poor color choices can be distracting in ways you might not even be aware of. And any time your audience's attention is focused where it shouldn't be, they're missing your main message. Some of the most common results of bad color choices in PowerPoint are illegibility, unintentional associations, unclear charts, and the creation of slides that are just plain ugly! Read more in this guest post by Laura Foley.
Kevin LernerFive Uses for One Speech: Guest Post by Kevin Lerner
Taking the time to translate your talk into more mediums will increase your online audience, authority, and revenue. Speakers take their speaking seriously. Their speeches are often the result of relentless research, writing, and word wrestling. Some speakers spend days -- even weeks whittling their words with their potent pens to get it right. And then ... the delivery! The applause. The accolades, praise and critique. And then it's over. A great speech relegated to the trash heap of history. But for those of us who want to add longevity to our letters…and credence to our creativity, there are solutions. Read more in this guest post by Kevin Lerner.

Indezine Reviews

BrainStorm QuickHelpBrainStorm QuickHelp: The Indezine Review
BrainStorm QuickHelp is an online resource that provides many video tutorials on using Microsoft Office programs. To use BrainStorm, you subscribe to their services -- in addition to viewing the tutorials online in a web browser, subscribers can download a Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 compatible add-in. This BrainStorm add-in provides a new QuickHelp tab on the Ribbon within Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 applications which enables you to access BrainStorm help videos off the cloud without leaving your application. Read the Indezine review of BrainStorm QuickHelp.

Learn PowerPoint 2010:

We have a full series on slide backgrounds this time -- and some new tutorials on charting:
Slide Backgrounds

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

Mac users of PowerPoint already learned about SmartArt graphics in the previous issue -- here are more SmartArt tutorials to complete this series: - Knowledge Series

More Content

Received this email from a friend? If you would like to join our mailing list, go here.
This newsletter provides more info on better PowerPoint usage, and presentation design. You can also opt to get our RSS feed, where you can get updates through Feedburner.
See our Privacy Policy.

End Note

If you want, you can send your comments, views and, ideas, regarding this ezine or here:
You can also find new templates everyday on the PowerPoint blog along with information on what's new and happening in the world of PowerPoint -- check out at