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by Geetesh Bajaj, October 20, 2015

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PresentationXpert Video Interviews at the Presentation Summit
PresentationXpert Video Interviews at the Presentation Summit

The trio from PresentationXpert comprising Dave Zielinski, Sharyn Fitzpatrick, and Kristin Baier video-interviewed several speakers, exhibitors, and attendees at the recently concluded Presentation Summit in New Orleans. They kindly sent me embed codes for my interview segments.

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Outstanding Presentations 2015: Conversation with Matt Gambino
Matt Gambino

Matt Gambino helps people make presentations that grow business. Early in his career in EdTech software sales, Matt faced a challenge that is shared by countless salespeople today: how to cut to the chase and present complex technical offerings clearly-without all the jargon-so that people get it, see the value, and want to buy. Through his unique blend of practical experience as a sales and marketing leader, college educator, and product champion-it is true, he once held the title of "champion!"-Matt has cracked the code for making presentations that inform, inspire, and best of all-sell. In this conversation, Matt discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

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The Orderly Conversation: Conversation with Dale Ludwig
Dale Ludwig

Dale Ludwig is President & Founder of Turpin Communication. He has a Ph.D. in Communication and, prior to Turpin, taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Turpin Communication in 1992. Since then he has worked to keep Turpin focused on providing the best presentation and facilitation skills training available. He spends most of his time delivering live workshops and writing. He also appears in Turpin's online courses. In this conversation, he discusses his book, The Orderly Conversation that he co-authored with Greg Owen-Boger.

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The Orderly Conversation: Conversation with Greg Owen-Boger
Greg Owen-Boger

Greg Owen-Boger is the Vice President of Turpin Communication, a presentation and facilitation training company in Chicago. He started with Turpin as a cameraman in 1995, and quickly moved on to instructor/coach, and now VP. Trained in management and the performing arts, he brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the organization. Prior to joining Turpin, he was a Project Leader for a boutique consultancy that uses live theatre to initiate the leadership development process. He is a frequent blogger and speaker, and he is the 2015 President of the Association for Talent Development, Chicagoland Chapter. In this conversation, he discusses his book, The Orderly Conversation that he co-authored with Dale Ludwig.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Customize Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar, or QAT is the only toolbar available for customization in PowerPoint -- here you can place your most used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. There are two ways in which you can add your favorite commands to the QAT. The easier way is to right-click any button on the Ribbon tabs and choose the Add to Quick Access Toolbar option.
Reset, Export, and Import QAT Customizations

If you have a bunch of commands that you use frequently, you may want to keep them more accessible within PowerPoint 2016 by customizing your Quick Access Toolbar -- you populate the QAT with commands you use often. Over a period, these customizations may become a valuable asset you want to save or share.
Enable Developer Tab in the Ribbon

The Developer tab of the Ribbon is typically not visible within PowerPoint 2016. To enable it, you have to visit the PowerPoint Options dialog box. So why would you want to enable a tab that's hidden by default? That's because the Developer tab provides options that most PowerPoint users may not be aware of, and don't typically use. If you are a programmer or developer, or even someone who wants to explore options that let you take PowerPoint further -- then you will love the advanced options within the Developer tab.
Add and Rename Ribbon Tabs in PowerPoint 2016

The Ribbon that you see within the PowerPoint 2016 user interface was designed to make all options easily accessible. To make more options available, you can add more tabs, rename them, and populate them with even more commands, as we will explore within this tutorial.
Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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Creating Digital Certificates Outside PowerPoint

Since PowerPoint 2013 does not allow you to create a digital signature right within PowerPoint, what we discuss here is how you can create certificates outside PowerPoint. Follow these steps to learn more.
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Hole in the Paper Graphics - 01

What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this "hole in the paper" visual effect in just under one minute!
How did we do that? We created everything other than the picture you want to use. All you need to do is just download our Hole in the Paper graphic and insert your own picture, send it behind everything else in your "slide" and you are done.

Download and use these graphics in PowerPoint.
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