by Geetesh Bajaj, October 16th 2012
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Presentation Summit 2012

All of last week, I was in Scottsdale, AZ to attend the Presentation Summit -- this year marked this conference's 10 years, and was special in more ways than one -- I remember how Rick Altman and a bunch of us PowerPoint MVPs conceptualized this conference more than a decade ago -- it's awesome to see this event become better each year. Here are some posts I did to cover this year's conference -- note that when the posts say yesterday or today, those relate to when the actual post was authored:
Crash Courses at the Presentation Summit 2012
Today, being Sunday was the day for extra sessions (called optional crash courses). These crash courses are more detailed than the typical conference sessions, and also have fewer attendees -- thus almost anyone who attends these sessions gets one-on-one attention from the speaker -- these extra sessions are charged over and above the conference cost, and are certainly worth attending if you can arrive a day earlier. This year, there were three extra sessions.

Chris Bliss at the Presentation Summit 2012
Chris BlissRick Altman officially opened the Presentation Summit 2012 today. After reminiscing about all the PowerPoint Live and Presentation Summit events over the last decade, he handed the stage over to Chris Bliss, a well known comedian to present Monday morning's opening keynote. Chris started by saying he was a little uncomfortable doing a comedy session on Monday morning at 8:30 am -- he stressed on how communication is important, and how story-boarding and language can be so useful.

Jim Endicott at the Presentation Summit 2012
Jim EndicottJim Endicott started his keynote with a video clip shown during the Presentation Summit 2008 -- the video showed the conference host, Rick Altman as a candidate for the post of the US President. Be it 2008, 2012, or even all the years that this conference has existed, Jim admitted that one of the important things of being in this conference for so many years is that you gain perspective. He then wondered if presenters are communicating better today? They may have these great visuals, but do they have something substantial to say?

Carmen Simon at the Presentation Summit 2012
Carmen SimonCarmen Simon's session on attracting attention was the keynote for Tuesday morning. Although she used the term "seduction" a lot during the session, what Carmen actually meant was seduction of another kind -- to be used in scenarios related to both personal and business lives. So why did she use the term "seduction" rather than just "attraction"? That's because Carmen was inspired by a book called The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. After reading the book, Carmen became intrigued by the concept, if only for "research" reasons.

Kristin Thompson at the Presentation Summit 2012
Kristin ThompsonAfter a photo session showing the events of the past three days, Rick handed over to Kristin Thompson, the keynote speaker for Wednesday morning. Kristin, who is based out of Portland, Oregon did a session that discusses memory power, and how it can help you get ahead in your life and career. She explained that memory as a skill is not typically something inherited by your genes, but developed using techniques. Kristin added that it's important that you remember your talk when you have to do a presentation.

More PowerPoint Concept Slides

These segment graphics are part of our Segment Polygons series -- this week, we bring you a Heptagon and a Octagon divided into seven and eight equal segments respectively. Each individual segment is a separate shape that can be filled in with a picture, a gradient, a solid fill, or any of the other PowerPoint fill types.

Office Themes: XML Editing in Visual Studio

Office Themes: XML Editing in Visual Studio

All the new Office file formats (post Office 2007) are XML based -- and can easily be opened and edited in an XML editing program. We already showed you how all these files are a bunch of XML files contained in a ZIP file container within our Theme XML Files tutorial. Although it is easy to unzip the files and edit some code in a basic program like Notepad, you will need a better program that does not require you to unzip and edit all the time, and then zip it up again! Thankfully there are plenty of programs that allow you to edit these Office XML files -- our favorite is Microsoft's own Visual Studio. On its own, Visual Studio cannot open and edit Office XML files -- but Microsoft provides a free add-in that plugs into Visual Studio and lets you edit the Office XML files.

Learn how XML editing is done within Visual Studio.

New SlideShark Features: Conversation with Lisa Johnson

Lisa JohnsonLisa Johnson is vice president of SlideShark marketing for Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark's cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations -- using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the phone or computer microphone -- and share and track their content. Brainshark is also the creator of the free SlideShark app for viewing, presenting and sharing PowerPoints on the iPad and iPhone. In this conversation, Lisa discusses new SlideShark features -- including integrations with Box and Dropbox, and the ability for users to turn their iPhone into a remote control for presentations.

Read the conversation here.

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Text Fills

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Text and Fonts

Indezine Halloween Kit

Halloween is not exactly Christmas -- yet we at Indezine are so happy! We think Halloween is a great time to have some fun -- so we bring you the the Indezine Halloween Kit. This is a self-contained set of PowerPoint content that provides everything you need to create Halloween themed picture slides.

The amazing kit contains

- PowerPoint Halloween Theme / Template
- Scary Font
- Professional Silhouette Clips
- Scrapbook Style Embellishments
- Pictures
- Sample Slides

Indezine Halloween Kit

Go ahead and download the kit now

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