by Geetesh Bajaj, February 21st 2012
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Too Many Pictures?

Geetesh Bajaj
This month we will talk about pictures and how you can effectively use them in your slides. With a camera on every phone, it's easier than ever before to click pictures that you can add to your PowerPoint and Keynote slides. And the presentation pundits have been saying it for years now that you should use more visuals and less text. Finally, it's easy to heed to their advice since pictures are aplenty -- and when you cannot find the perfect picture, chances are you can go ahead and click one! Or two, three or many more.
If you end up with 5 pictures that are suitable for a slide, how do you choose just one of them? Or do you go ahead and add at least 3 of them to the same slide? There's no clear and obvious answer to that question -- you have to decide what works best in any given scenario. As a rule of the thumb, try to use just one picture -- and also add a second picture only if it adds some extra value to the first picture. For example, you may show a famous building in one picture, and a close-up of some carving on its exterior in another picture.
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iPad Presenting 09: Picture Slides on the iPad

Picture Slides on the iPad One of the many ways in which you can adapt your PowerPoint slides to an iPad friendly format is by converting all your slides to pictures. This approach will work well for slides that have no animation or multimedia -– and the good news is that great presentation slides can be created without animation or multimedia of any sort! The bad news is that this is a one-way street -– and if you want to make any changes to your slides, you will have to edit your original presentation and convert the slides again to individual pictures. Read more here.

Animated Slides: Blueprint

Animated Slide: BlueprintThis blueprint slide essentially is not an architectural blueprint, but it could have been! This slide is more of a lesson in how you can slowly introduce slide objects one after the other so that they animated almost like performing in sync – in a ballet or concert. Every shape is a native PowerPoint shape that either has a white fill or outline, or even both. Then we used the Spin animation to primarily get all shapes rotating together. We used PowerPoint 2010 to create this presentation, and it works best in either that version or in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Download and use this slide for your own presentations.

Conversations, Interviews and Guest posts

Claudyne WilderReduce Stress and Save Time: by Claudyne Wilder
One of my clients' major issues is the time, or lack of it, they have to prepare between presentations. Needless to say, this causes stress. Consider the following scenario. Ginger has a presentation to give to new customers. She was told about it last week. She worked on it to the detriment of a key project, even practicing out loud the night before the talk. She gives it and feels successful. But she has some revisions to make before she sends it to the customer. At the same time, she has to prepare a talk next week to division managers about her project (the one she has been neglecting). Now she has two presentations to work on simultaneously, one to revise and the other to create from scratch. Read more in this guest post by Claudyne Wilder.
Chris BoralesEmbrace Space - 5 Tips on Slide Composition by Chris Borales
PowerPoint and other presentation software packages try to aid novice presenters by providing pre-designed templates. These templates often clutter slide real estate and detract from your presentation’s message. Don’t use them.
Here are 5 tips from Chris Borales on how to effectively use the solid background. First of all, embrace space -- designers call the empty space "white space." White space if your friend. Using it gives the text on your slides more impact. Read more here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010: Backstage View and Rights Management

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