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by Geetesh Bajaj, November 29, 2016

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Presentation Guild Q&A with Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte

You all know who Nancy Duarte is. Take a moment to think of the question you most want to ask her.

Would it be, "How can I create and lead a presentation design team?" Or is it, "What do you see as the top slide design trends today?" Maybe it's something like, "Would you recommend I add Prezi or Canva expertise to my skill set?"

Good news for Presentation Guild members: you can ask her, live and in real time.

On Tuesday, December 13, from 11 am to 12 pm Eastern; Presentation Guild Director Ric Bretschneider will host an exclusive Q&A web session with the leader of Duarte Design. Ric, a longtime friend and presentation industry colleague of Nancy's, will likely add much to the conversation, given his 17 years of experience as a PowerPoint Program Manager at Microsoft.

You may have caught Nancy at the recent Presentation Summit. You might even own one of her influential books (including her latest book with co-author Patti Sanchez, Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols). You may have even met her at various speaking engagements or conferences such as TED.

But you still haven't asked Nancy that one burning question, right? Sign up now for your opportunity to so!

Note: Indezine.com is a Media Partner for the Presentation Guild. Only Presentation Guild members can sign up for this event.

Outstanding Presentations 2016: Conversation with Vinay Mohan

Vinay Mohan

An entrepreneur at heart, Vinay Mohan completed his MBA from The Ohio State University and co-founded Slideteam.net. Having made numerous PowerPoint presentations in B-school and earlier, he realized that there is no good one-stop PowerPoint resource on the web, where professionals can get excellent quality pre-designed slides. Realizing that there is an opportunity to service this market, he collaborated with like-minded professionals and co-founded Slideteam.net, which has now become the world’s largest supplier of innovative, creative and highly effective PowerPoint presentation content, and a go-to resource for anybody who uses PowerPoint. In this conversation, Vinay talks more about the Outstanding Presentations 2016 webinar series.

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Lean Presentation Design: Conversation with Maurizio La Cava

Maurizio La Cava

Maurizio La Cava is a digital entrepreneur, marketer, blogger, public speaker, presentation design guru and Founder at MLC-Design. He is also author of Lean Presentation Design, top rated freelancer at Upwork.com, an official member of the Talent Private Cloud at Upwork.com and Elance.com, and Professor at European Institute of Design in Milan. His favourite quote is "Time is free but it's priceless". In this conversation, Maurizio talks about his book, Lean Presentation Design.

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Learn PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Insert Pictures

Insert Pictures

It is true that both pictures and words are important, and they both play complementary roles. If you had to choose just one of them; then seeing is a much more important part of presenting. Presentations, by their very nature, are meant to be seen since they evoke actions such as project, display, or broadcast; and all of these actions represent visual media. Text and speaking are important too, but you can be more effectively heard and remembered if your content includes both text and pictures. Adding pictures to your PowerPoint 2016 slide is a great way to add some visual detail.

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Backstage View - New Option

Backstage View - New Option

When you launch PowerPoint 2013, it always provides you with an option to open a new blank presentation. Further, if you are already working on an open presentation, and want to create a new presentation at that point, you can do so using the New option within the Backstage View.

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PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs

Reordering and Removing Ribbon Tabs

PowerPoint 2010 sports the Ribbon, which is tabbed, and each of these tabs contains a set of commands. By default, PowerPoint 2010 contains eight such tabs. All tabs can be reordered as required. However, the eight default Ribbon tabs can only be reordered and not removed. However, many tabs including the Developer tab can be hidden.

Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs

Working with Custom Groups in Ribbon Tabs

All Ribbon tabs in PowerPoint 2010 may have any number of buttons that represent commands but they are not scattered all over the tab area. In fact, all of them are neatly arranged together in Groups. Each of these Groups has a name that describes what the commands within that Group do. For example, the Slide Show tab in the Ribbon has a group named Set Up. This contains all commands that help you set up your slide show, such as changing show settings, hiding slides, rehearsing and recording slide shows, etc. It is only sensible to imagine that you should use this Group concept while creating custom Ribbon tabs. In fact, PowerPoint will not let you add any command anywhere else other than within a custom Group.

Adding Commands to Custom Groups

Adding Commands to Custom Groups

If you want to customize your Ribbon in PowerPoint, you'll want to add some of the commands that were not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Whatever your intent may be, you cannot place any commands within the existing groups that are built within PowerPoint. You first need to add a custom group within any of the tabs available in the Ribbon. Thereafter, you need to populate them with commands.

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Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint Presentations

Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint Presentations

Here are a bunch of jigsaw slides that you can use to create your own jigsaw puzzles quickly within your own slides! This entire kit contains 5 different styles of jigsaw pieces: typical jigsaws, arrows, hearts, ovals, and rounded squares.

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Each jigsaw shape is available in three counts: small, medium, and large. These shapes can be used in any PowerPoint version that is released till date. Detailed instructions on how to use these shapes can be found within the download you buy.

Download and use jigsaw puzzles in your slides now for just $4.99+.

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