by Geetesh Bajaj, July 17th 2012
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Problems and Solutions

Geetesh BajajYou can give it a name -- call it a maze? Or call it a puzzle, a riddle, or even something as broad-defined as a question? What's common between all these words? They all have an answer or a solution. Would we be interested in questions or mazes that had no answers or solutions? Probably not -- and all audiences that attend your presentations will have the same answer.
The thought for this week is to never highlight a problem that you do not have a solution for. Never make the audience uncomfortable about you not being able to resolve a problem that you highlighted. A presenter or speaker is always the expert that the audience wants to listen to -- and showing yourself as being incapable of providing solutions will show you in poor light.
Of course, there may be occasions when you have to highlight problems that have no solutions -- this happens often in meetings where a group of people need to brainstorm solutions -- at that time, the distinction between a speaker and the audience is blurred. And that's the reason why it is OK to talk about problems without solutions. On the other hand, when there is a clear distinction between the speaker and his or her audience, then you need to restrain yourself from discussing problems you have no solutions for!
keyboard shortcuts for PowerPointOn another front, thank you so much for getting a copy of my PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts e-book, announced in last week's newsletter. The e-book is still available -- if you haven't downloaded it yet, go ahead and do so now -- and do send your feedback!
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Conversations and Guest Posts

LinkedIn's SlideShare Acquisition: Conversation with Amit Ranjan
Amit RanjanAmit Ranjan is the Cofounder and COO of SlideShare, the world's largest community for sharing presentations on the web. With 50 million monthly visitors, SlideShare is amongst the top 200 most visited websites on the web. Recently SlideShare was acquired by LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network site. In this interview, Amit discusses LinkedIn's acquisition of SlideShare. Read the conversation here.
iSpring Converter's PowerPoint to HTML 5 Conversion: Conversation with Yury Uskov
Yury UskovYury Uskov is a founder and CEO of iSpring Solutions Inc., an international software company focused on providing professional e-Learning authoring tools based in PowerPoint. Yury has a Masters degree in Software Engineering, and since 2001 has been working in the rich media industry inspired with the idea of making the best solutions for online presentation delivery. iSpring products are widely recognized as robust, effective, and extremely easy to use software with outstanding price/quality ratio. iSpring is headquartered in New York, NY. In this conversation, Yury discusses the new iSpring Converter that does PowerPoint to HTML 5 conversion. Read the conversation here.

SlideShark and iPad 1

SlideShark and iPad 1The iPad has been a runaway success, what with Apple releasing three generations of this amazing device in rapid succession. Yet, all these improvements in successive releases do not appeal to owners of older generation iPads. When newer iPads get launched with newer capabilities that will not work on the iPad bought just a month or two ago, then let's just say that users of older iPads do not feel too happy or enthusiastic -- nor do they want to abandon their perfectly nice iPad for a newer one. It is in times like these that the folks at SlideShark (a presentation app for the iPad) have released a new, free update that adds capabilities to the program for iPad 1 users!

Concept Slides: Four Segment Circle

Concept Slides: Four Segment CircleThis slide with four matrix-like segments within a circle can be used to illustrate an idea or a relationship – you can also rotate the entire concept graphic to place the segments differently. This graphic has been created using basic PowerPoint shapes -- in this four segment circle included within the sample presentation you download, all segments are editable. We have included two separate slides – one of them contains segments with picture fills and the other one is just filled with a solid color. To use these slides in your presentation, just copy-paste them to your presentation, and later edit them as required.

PowerPoint Text Effects -- 05

PowerPoint Text EffectsThe sample presentation that you download contains 12 different text effects that can be applied to any text in PowerPoint 2007, 2010 or higher on Windows (and also PowerPoint 2008, 2011 or higher on Mac). These text effects are in various styles, and will make your text look hand drawn and organic. Most of these text effects may work better with larger text -- apply them to your text and see which one works best for you. Note that none of these effects are suitable for body text. You can use them for slide titles, headings, sub-headings etc. To use these effects, first copy the text attributes of the sample text using Format Painter button, and then, paste them on to your text.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Video Clips

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Animations

View PowerPoint on your iPad

Ppted Thai Designs PowerPoint Themes and Templates
This entire series resulted from my Thai vacation. During the entire trip, I collected Thai patterns and motifs -- from carvings on temple walls to woven cloth -- and everywhere else. These traditional Thai motifs were digitally recreated, and placed in backdrops using traditional Thai colors.
Typically this collection sells for $30 on my site -- however we decided to give this entire collection for just $10 to all subscribers and friends for this week.
The entire series contains Themes that will work in all the newest PowerPoint versions for Windows and Mac (2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011). We also included templates for users of older PowerPoint versions for Windows and Mac (2003, 2004, and older). All actual slide backgrounds are also included so that you can print variation slides as well as grayscale options. We also bundled 10 PNG graphics with detailed motifs!

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