PowerPoint: Tutorials, Articles, and Conversations with Presentation Experts
April 29, 2020
I’m developing a keynote speech and agonized for a long time as to what topic I would address. In recent days, however, as I have been privileged to share and receive insights from a range of teams and individuals on public speaking, one topic has become prominent: Fear.
April 29, 2020
One way in which you can use the PowerPoint Designer feature is with pictures on your slides, where you will save immeasurable time arranging, resizing, and adding specific picture layouts. Microsoft's Office intelligent services which provide artificial intelligence to make this happen show ready-made options for you to choose from some amazing options. Even better, did you know that these suggestions also show for pictures you insert via the cool Photo Album feature—you can thus literally create a photo book from hundreds of pictures in mere minutes!
April 28, 2020
In our Presentation Management series, AlexAnndra Ontra and James Ontra look at how presentations can become intelligent. We feature Rick Altman, who talks about how the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020 is now a virtual event. Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint shows how you can show websites elegantly in PowerPoint slides, and he also speaks about the upcoming Presentation Ideas Europe Online Conference 2020. And then, Simon Day of Toastmasters looks at the art of online communication in business.
We look at the Pixabay Images add-in for PowerPoint, and we also explore PowerPoint Designer in PowerPoint 365 for Windows. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
April 27, 2020
Richard Goring is a Director at BrightCarbon, the specialist presentation and eLearning agency. He enjoys helping people create engaging content and communicate effectively using visuals, diagrams, and animated sequences that explain and reinforce the key points. In this conversation, Richard talks about the Presentation Ideas Europe online conference, being held on May 28th, 2020.
April 27, 2020
While PowerPoint Designer is an amazing feature, it's true that it can be somewhat bothersome at times, especially when you are in a hurry or know what you exactly need. When you want some breathing space, you can, fortunately, instruct PowerPoint Designer to not show up. How do you instruct PowerPoint Designer to be unobtrusive? There are a few ways to make this happen, and we shall explore these options within this tutorial.
April 24, 2020
At first, presentation management might seem like taking PowerPoint and other files and putting them on a cloud with a few frills. But there’s another aspect of presentations that comes alive once they are managed in a cloud environment where they can be tracked. Presentations throw off data. Every word and pixel is data. Every time a slide gets used, the data can tell us who used it, and where and how it was used. The data can tie sales presentations, for instance, to deals closed, which means the data could show which slides helped sell the most. All of that data can be captured and analyzed in ways that help make every presentation better.
April 23, 2020
PowerPoint design is a field of design that's different than the design of brochures, web sites, and even Word documents. It affords opportunities that these other media do not, and it also does not provide some options you may be used to, especially if you are a print designer. So, what if PowerPoint itself showcased these presentations-specific design opportunities or design possibilities for you? You could then choose to apply a possibility with one click, or ignore—it's your decision. Wouldn't that be awesome? PowerPoint Designer is exactly this option.
April 21, 2020
Covid-19 means that many of us are having to change the way we work and move our meetings, coaching, mentoring, training, or presenting to an online setting. I am one such person and have learned some valuable lessons as I have conducted meetings and coaching online. In this offering, I will share things I have learned to help you engage your online audience and make your communications effective and full of impact.
April 21, 2020
We are exploring an add-in from the Microsoft Office Add-ins Store called Pixabay Images. Yes, this add-in lets you insert images from Pixabay into your PowerPoint slides and Word documents too. We already have a review of Pixabay elsewhere on this site, so we will go ahead and focus only on the add-in for this post.
April 17, 2020
Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 18th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community. In this conversation, Rick talks about the Presentation Summit, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
April 15, 2020
Kurt Dupont is a solution provider who would go out of his way just to ensure he brings out the best when it comes to issues that has to deal with data-driven presentations, data visualization, and digital signage software. He started by working at airports worldwide to set up airport databases and flight information screens. This evolved to become the basis for PresentationPoint. In this conversation, Kurt talks about the Presentation Ideas Europe online conference.
April 14, 2020
It's apt that the first story we highlight in today's newsletter is about a Covid-19 video created in PowerPoint. Richard Goring of BrightCarbon shares how this video was created and more. Brian Daly of Hypersay talks about their new Live Streaming feature. We look at the new Black Illustrations clip media from 5Four Digital.
PowerPoint users of all versions can explore completely-updated tutorials on searching Flickr for Creative Commons pictures, attributing them in PowerPoint slides, and Pixabay, a copyleft source of visual content. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
April 13, 2020
There are tools available to show websites on PowerPoint slides. You can use that to draw a web browser object on your slide, and then specify the URL to show in there. When you run your slideshow, you will see that website on a given slide. Every time the slide is shown, the website output is rebuilding and displayed again on your television screen or other display. This technique does have a few caveats because of the web-browser technology. So, is there a better way? Yes indeed, and we call this the DataPoint way.
April 10, 2020
Richard Goring is a Director at BrightCarbon, the specialist presentation and eLearning agency. He enjoys helping people create engaging content and communicate effectively using visuals, diagrams, and animated sequences that explain and reinforce the key points. In this conversation, Richard talks about a Covid-19 video that BrightCarbon created, and about working remotely.
April 8, 2020
A friend sent me a link to this site called Black Illustrations that has illustrations about black people. This collection was created by the folks at 5Four Digital, a web design and branding company.
April 7, 2020
There are a number of sites that provide royalty-free pictures that can be used in your PowerPoint presentations. One such site used to be Microsoft's Office.com site. There are several other sites that provide free pictures. However, none of these resources can match the amazing breadth and variety of picture content you can find at Flickr, a photo-sharing site. Additionally, Flickr makes it easy for you to find pictures that you can legally use in your presentations since it lets you search for pictures within the Creative Common license.