by Geetesh Bajaj, June 26th 2012
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Presenting on Paper
Being part of several groups and forums means that I get to know about the problems that everyday users face with their PowerPoint and presenting skills. Some topics end up being discussed repeatedly, and bring forth many opinions that differ, overlap, or even agree with each other. One of these is the debate about whether you should use bullet points in PowerPoint or not -- and that is indeed a Pandora's box, so we will leave that one aside for today! Another topic that gets discussed is the use of PowerPoint to create printed slides on paper -- these printed slides are circulated to an audience before the presentation begins -- needless to add, most of these slides are not projected and very rarely are these presentations given to an audience that comprises more than a handful of people.
So, do presenting techniques and rules differ for these paper driven presentations? Yes, of course they do, but there are also plenty of similarities. Speakers still need to prepare and know their slides well. You cannot expect your audience to read those slides and hear you at the same time -- so you may have to give them a few moments to grasp the content on each slide. There are several more ideas, and these have already been discussed in a great thread on our LinkedIn group
, so go ahead and look there!
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Conversations and Guest Posts
Articulate Storyline: Conversation with Tom Kuhlmann
Tom Kuhlmann is VP, Community for Articulate, where he manages the Articulate user community. He also writes the Rapid E-learning Blog which is published weekly to over 95,000 readers. Tom has developed and managed e-learning courses for both large and small organizations. He’s passionate about learning technology and his core focus is on helping people succeed and grow. He is known throughout the industry for his practical, no-nonsense approaches to e-learning. He’s also a frequent speaker at ASTD and e-learning industry events. He has a Master’s in Education Technology from Pepperdine. In this conversation, Tom discusses the new Articulate Storyline product. Read this exclusive conversation about Articulate Storyline.
Brainshark's Blackboard Partnership: Conversation with Kate Skelly
is vice president for corporate and business development at Brainshark, Inc., overseeing strategic partnerships, and the addition and integration of complementary products and services. Brainshark’s cloud-based software enables users to create, share and track online and mobile video presentations, for use in eLearning, sales, marketing and corporate/HR communications. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing communications costs. In this conversation, Kate discusses Brainshark’s newly expanded partnership with learning industry leader Blackboard, and integration with Blackboard Learn for Sales. Read the conversation here
YouTube Video Wizard: The Indezine Review
YouTube Video Wizard is a PowerPoint add-in that enables you to insert YouTube videos into a PowerPoint slide using just the YouTube video URL that appears in the browser address bar. This is much easier than following the official Microsoft process of inserting online videos -- and Microsoft's suggested option only works in PowerPoint 2010 or later. YouTube Video Wizard, on the other hand works in almost all Windows versions of PowerPoint. YouTube Video Wizard is from Shyam Pillai, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP who creates several PowerPoint add-ins. Learn about YouTube Video Wizard, a free add-in for PowerPoint 2010
PowerPoint Text Effects -- 02 and 03
The 12 different text effects contained within this sample presentation can be used with any text in PowerPoint 2007, 2010, or higher versions in Windows (and also PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or higher on Mac). These text effects vary all the way from simple hashed line fills to thicker sketchy lines. All these text effects are created specially to replicate the hand drawn look. Some text effects may work better only when applied to larger text -- play around and test which one works best for you. None of these effects are suitable for body text -- use them mainly for your slide titles. Use the Format Painter button to click on any of the sample text, and then click on the text where you want to copy these effects.
Download and use these text effects in your own presentations.
Businessman Silhouettes for PowerPoint – 05
These businessman silhouettes are ready to use within your PowerPoint presentation slides – and have been provided in both black and white colors. Both variations are contained within two separate slides in one presentation that you can download. In addition, you can use PowerPoint’s fills, lines, and effects to make these silhouettes appear coordinated with your slides. Copy the silhouettes graphics (clip arts) of your choice from the downloaded presentation, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slides. All these silhouette graphics can be used and customized with Shape Styles just like any other PowerPoint shape. You can also paste them into a Word document, an Excel worksheet, or any other program.
Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Video Clips
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Slide Backgrounds