by Geetesh Bajaj, March 12th 2013
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PowerPoint Concept Slides: Organic Stars
Stars are often associated with skies,
or as ornaments hanging from a festive tree. Additionally, most stars we doodle with a pen or a marker tend to have five points.
And of course there's something about hand drawn stars - they look warm, independent, and different -- just like these organic
star shapes. Stars are just one of the 8 shape types we have included in this Organic Shapes collection - and each of these 8
shape types have 10 variants each - so you end up with 80 hand-drawn shape options! These shapes will help break the monotony
of text heavy slides, and assist you in explaining difficult concepts better to your audiences. Using these organic shapes also
convinces your audiences that you care enough about them to make the slides look appealing and comprehensible. What's more,
these shapes are also so much fun to use!
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Counterintuitive Research Findings: by Carmen Simon
I have recently
completed a research study on what makes PowerPoint presentations memorable. 1,540 people participated in
the study and after 48 hours, they remembered an average of 4 slides out of 20 slides they viewed. This finding
is perhaps expected: unless there is some repetition and enforcement, memory fades quickly. There were however a
few observations that I found surprising and almost counter-intuitive to what we've been taught as communicators.
So here are the surprises, along with some principles to consider before you design your next PowerPoint
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Answer The Question Asked: by Claudyne Wilder
What happens to presenters
who are nervous when it's time for questions? Often the presenter is simply too nervous to listen to the query, and just
starts talking without providing a specific response. Or the presenter may not address the question at all, instead speaking
about something else that is a "hot topic" and defending a particular position. Now the presenter is really in trouble: the
questioner did not get an answer and a topic has been brought up that many people were hoping would not have to be discussed.
How do you stop this behavior?
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Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
You have a 100 slide presentation that you are working on -- it's past midnight and your eyes feel glassy.
In a state of semi-consciousness, you save your slides and shut down the presentation. You were probably
working on slide number 60 when you called it a day. Now it’s another day -- and you want to complete
where you stopped. The only problem is that you have no clue about where you need to resume! And then up comes
a small message that says: Slide 60 Pick up where you left off!
Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Trim Audio Clips
Once you insert an audio clip into your presentation, you may find that it is too long, or there may be parts
in the clip that you don't want the audiences to hear. Or maybe you just need a small bit to play -- like the
sound of that trumpet blowing! Although you can scrub the clip using the Player Controls bar to ascertain where
you want the clip to begin and end, that option may become monotonous and inaccurate -- and it also looks very
unprofessional if you try scrubbing an audio clip right in front of your audience. Fortunately, PowerPoint's
trim audio options can make this easy for you -- follow these steps to explore how you can trim an audio clip
right inside PowerPoint 2010.
Learn Windows 8
Turn Off Notifications
Windows 8 introduces a different type of notification compared to what you saw in previous versions of Windows -- you see a
small rectangle pop up with a message. These messages may be from different applications you have installed, and you can set
those permissions individually. However, all notifications use the same appearance style. While these notifications may be
helpful in most scenarios, they can be irritating and even embarrassing when showing your PowerPoint slides to an audience.
There is no way PowerPoint can automatically disable them while in slide show view. Fortunately, there is a way to disable
them temporarily -- and you should remember to do so each time you need to show a presentation!
Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Tweak Bullets with Left Indent Marker
While it is a great option to change the placement of your bullet character and the paragraph following the bullet,
it's not always the best option to make both these changes individually -- especially if you want to retain the
spacing between the bullet and the succeeding paragraph. It's in times like this that you will appreciate the
availability of the Left Indent Marker.
Set Text Indentation using Numerical Values
To make your text look consistent and clear, indentation is a must -- especially if your text paragraphs comprise
multiple bulleted levels. While the easiest way to play with indents is via the Indent Markers visible on the Ruler,
this method does not let you precisely position the indentation since you just drag and pull the Indent Markers rather
than setting them up via an exact numerical value. Fortunately, you can also set indentation using set numerical values
-- for this you need to access the Format Text dialog.
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