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Beautiful.AI: Conversation with Mitch Grasso

Mitch Grasso

Mitch Grasso is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience building and leading design-orientated technology companies from early stage ideation to market leadership. The consummate problem solver, he has spent the bulk of his career building tools in his sweet spot-- the intersection of design, technology, and productivity. He is currently CEO of Beautiful.AI, a Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, and Trinity Ventures-backed company that aims to democratize design using artificial intelligence to help people build visually stunning documents. Prior to Beautiful.AI, Mitch founded SlideRocket, a cloud-based presentation productivity software focused on team collaboration, analytics, and multimedia content authoring. In this conversation, Mitch talks about Beautiful.AI.

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Star Wars Style Credits Animation

Star Wars Style Credits Animation

The Star Wars Style Credits Animation presentation includes a sample slide in which the credits animate in the Star Wars style. You can download this presentation and change the text in the animated text boxes as required.

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Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great: Conversation with Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo is a keynote speaker and bestselling author. His new book, Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great, teaches readers how to master the ancient art of persuasion to thrive in the world of AI. Carmine is a global communication advisor who has transformed leaders at the world’s largest and most admired brands. He also written eight other books including Talk Like TED, The Storyteller’s Secret, and The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. In this interview, Carmine talks about his new book, Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great.

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Make Your Meetings Productive: Ask These 5 Questions

Make Your Meetings Productive: Ask These 5 Questions

When business people hear “Let’s schedule a meeting,” they react the same as they would when they hear “Let’s schedule a root canal.” Meetings have long been—and continue to be—the Bermuda Triangle of business. In 2004, Patrick Lencioni offered his advice to make meetings more productive in his bestselling book, Death by Meeting. This week, conflict-resolution mediator Priya Parker will publish her advice in The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters. With all due respect to these accomplished authors, let me offer five additional solutions to that chronic problem in the form of rhetorical questions that each leader, as well as each attendee, must be able to answer before and after a meeting—but especially during.

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PowerPoint, Your Co-Facilitator: Conversation with Brian Washburn

Brian Washburn

Brian Washburn Brian Washburn is the co-founder and CEO of Endurance Learning, a boutique instructional design firm whose vision is that every presentation can be engaging and lead to change. His goal in life is to rid the world of the scourge of poor learning experiences. In this interview, Brian discusses his book, PowerPoint: Your Co-Facilitator, published by ATD.

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Bing Image Search

Bing Image Search

Bing Image Search

While Google may have the largest and most up-to-date search index, other search providers like Microsoft’s Bing need to up the ante by providing more usability options so that visitors can get more optimum and narrowed-down results. And that’s exactly what Microsoft seems to have done with Bing’s Image Search options. Everything is streamlined and you can filter and sort results with so much dexterity; it’s almost like you are sorting numbers in Excel – just that this is also so much more visual!


Bing Image Search by Size

Bing Image Search by Size

When you search for pictures on Bing’s Image Search site, the resultant page provides various filters to fine-tune and narrow down your results. These filters are located in the top area of the Search Results page. Bing’s Image Search by Image Size filter allows you to search pictures of various resolutions. Essentially, there are six size options.

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Reordering Sections

Reordering Sections in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

In PowerPoint, Sections are not just for effective and easy management of your slides, but they can also let you quickly reorder large blocks of adjacent slides. All you got to do is to place all slides you want to reorder within a single Section, and then move that Section.


Viewing Sections

Viewing Sections in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If you have a presentation with a large Section, containing many slides, then you may find that this one Section makes it difficult to see all the other remaining Sections. This is because these many slides cover up so much screen real estate making it difficult for you to see other stuff, such as slides in other Sections. And if you want to drag a slide from one Section to another, you may be at a loss to comprehend what you will end up with.

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Insert Pictures

Insert Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

In a presentation, 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.

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