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by Geetesh Bajaj, November 26, 2019

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Results of the 2019 Annoying PowerPoint Survey: Conversation with Dave Paradi

Results of the 2019 Annoying PowerPoint Survey: Conversation with Dave Paradi

Dave Paradi has over twenty years of experience in delivering customized training workshops to help business professionals improve their presentations. He has written nine books on the topic of effective presentations and is one of fifteen people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the Excel and PowerPoint communities. He is NASBA registered to deliver CPE credit courses to CPAs. In this conversation, Dave talks about the results of his 2019 Annoying PowerPoint Survey.

Read the conversation here.

Handmade Slides: Pushpins for PowerPoint

Handmade Slides: Pushpins for PowerPoint

These "pushpin" graphics are already placed in PowerPoint slides. Just copy them and paste within your slides to create a look that makes a picture, shape, or anything else appear as if it has been pushed onto a surface, board, or wall with a pin! These ready-made pushpins are already within PowerPoint slides, and have been provided in five colors. Just copy them and paste them on your slides.

Download these Pushpins for just $19.99.

Counterintuitive Research Findings

Counterintuitive Research Findings

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.

Read more in this post by Dr. Carmen Simon.

Presentation Procrastinators: 04

Presentation Procrastinators: 04

Youth is wasted on the young. So said the author George Bernard Shaw. When I was in my 20s and just starting my career, I often felt that people didn’t take me seriously, despite my skills and talents. The corporate culture, and managers and executives, often filled me with a sense of intimidation and awkwardness.

Read more in this post by Kevin Lerner.

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If You’ve Ever Sat Through a Typical PowerPoint Presentation: by John Medina

Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

As you no doubt have noticed if you’ve ever sat through a typical PowerPoint presentation, people don’t pay attention to boring things. You’ve got seconds to grab someone’s attention and only 10 minutes to keep it. At 9 minutes and 59 seconds, something must be done to regain attention and restart the clock–something emotional and relevant. Also, the brain needs a break. That’s why I use stories in this book to make many of my points.

Learn PowerPoint 2019 for Windows

Reset, Export, and Import Ribbon Customizations

Reset, Export, and Import Ribbon Customizations in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows

PowerPoint 2019 for Windows allows you to customize the Ribbon in a number of ways. You can add new Ribbon tabs, add Groups within the Ribbon tabs, and populate these Groups with useful commands. And if you think you made a mess and were better off with the defaults, then you can always get back to square one. On a more positive front, you can share your customizations with friends and colleagues, or also your other computers. And you can export your customizations to a file saved as a backup for a rainy day!

Learn PowerPoint 365 for Windows

Adding Commands to Custom Groups

Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 365 for Windows

If you want to really benefit from customizing your Ribbon in PowerPoint 365 for Windows, then you will certainly want to add some commands, beyond the ones that are placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. You’ll notice that all commands are placed within Groups. 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.

Learn PowerPoint 365 for Mac

Adding Commands to Custom Groups

Adding Commands to Custom Groups in PowerPoint 365 for Mac

If you want to really benefit from customizing your Ribbon in PowerPoint 365 for Mac, then you will certainly want to add some commands, beyond the ones that are placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. You'll notice that all commands are placed within Groups. 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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