PowerPoint: Tutorials, Articles, and Conversations with Presentation Experts
June 25, 2020
On a webinar that I was watching on a phone, the presenter shared a slide with numbers. There were many numbers, and they were small. The same goof-up had happened at a destination conference a few months ago! The text size on the slide was teeny-weeny, and you could not see much, even if you squinted your eyes. This time, the problem was not that the presenter had used 8 point text on the slide; this text was 20 points, and that did not make it too small. Even then, in a large room, you still could not read the text!
June 25, 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 his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 24, 2020
Standout speaking online brings its own challenges that even experienced speakers are grappling with. How do you set up your tech for great eye contact? How do you grab and keep your audience’s attention, especially if you can’t see them? How should you structure what you want to say to maintain interest and land your message? And what about words and gestures? No one denies that giving a talk is daunting at the best of times, but the challenges intensify when it comes to acing your online presentations with Confidence, Connection, and a message that drives Change.
June 23, 2020
We begin by looking at ways and reasons to hide titles in your PowerPoint slides. Do note we say "hide" rather than "remove" slide titles. We then explore 5 ways to help you remember your speeches.
We also another speaker from the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020 virtual conference: Jamie Garroch. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
June 22, 2020
Many presenters want to be in the same situation as Tom! He was happy presenting, and his audience seemed engrossed with his talk. Tom shared a story about ups and downs. He explained this contrast in a nail-biting environment, where the audience waited to know about what would happen next. Yes, the story had served as an awesome introduction, and Tom had everyone’s attention. Could anything go wrong? Maybe, or maybe not. Let’s see what happened next.
June 19, 2020
Yes, the title of this post is "5 Ideas to Help You Remember Your Speech," but it could have been "Remember Your Story" or even "Remember Your Narrative." You could be using this speech, story, or narrative at a boardroom meeting, or presenting in front of hundreds of colleagues. You could also be delivering a TED talk or speaking alongside your slides at a Pecha Kucha presentation.
June 18, 2020
Slide titles are very important. First of all, they identify a slide. Secondly, they provide structure to your presentation, because anyone who uses PowerPoint’s Outline view will not be happy to see slides without titles. So why do we hear some people say that they do need slide titles, but they don’t need them to be visible. In other words, they need hidden slide titles.
June 16, 2020
We all realize that nothing is really free in today's world, yet we all look for free stuff all the time. Well, maybe we were partially wrong when we said "nothing is free," because you can get a free or at least a cheaper copy of PowerPoint and Microsoft Office. We next feature Jullietta Stoencheva, VP of Customer Success at Pickit, a stock photo house with a difference, where she talks about the new Pickit Documents feature that lets you provide templates and documents to your business employees within Microsoft Office.
We also feature four speakers from the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020 virtual conference: John Rahmlow, Bethany Auck, Julie Terberg, and Echo Swinford. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
June 15, 2020
Jamie Garroch is a Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon, the specialist presentation and eLearning agency. He develops PowerPoint automation solutions and add-ins that enable presentation authors to work smarter. He also trains people to present more effectively using visuals and animated scenes that explain and reinforce key messages, which is supported by free resources and tips at their site. In this conversation, Jamie talks about his session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 12, 2020
We all realize that nothing is really free in today's world, yet we all look for free stuff all the time. Well, maybe we were partially wrong when we said "nothing is free," because you can get a free, or at least a cheaper copy of PowerPoint and Microsoft Office. When we say free or cheap, we do not refer to bootlegged copies, but genuine, original software. Here are some options for you to get a free or cheaper copy of Microsoft Office.
June 12, 2020
Ingrid Mengdehl is a Senior Designer at BrightCarbon, a presentation and eLearning agency. Originally from an animation background, she stumbled into PowerPoint almost by accident and hasn’t looked back ever since. She’s passionate about good design, engaging animations, and thinks Morph is pretty amazing. When not making presentations, Ingrid can be found in the dark corners of a theatre, making sets and fixing things with gaffer tape, and even sometimes dabbling in projection mapping. In this conversation, Ingrid talks about her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 11, 2020
A Microsoft PowerPoint MVP since 2000, Echo Swinford began her PowerPoint career in 1997. She holds a master’s degree in new media from the Indiana University School of Informatics and is the owner of Echosvoice, a PowerPoint consulting firm specializing in custom template development, presentation creation, makeovers and cleanup, and training for large and small corporate clients. Echo has written and co-written five PowerPoint books, developed a number of video publications, and has a string of tech editing credits to her name. She is President Emerita of the Presentation Guild, a not-for-profit trade association for the presentation industry which she founded in 2015. In this conversation, Echo talks about her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 10, 2020
Julie Terberg is the creative force behind Terberg Design LLC, a small and smart studio that specializes in presentations. She is an internationally recognized presentation expert, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP, and a director of the Presentation Guild. At conferences and online, Julie enjoys teaching and sharing ideas with other presentation professionals. With Nolan Haims, she co-hosts a monthly webinar, “Inspired by Design,” exclusively for members of the Presentation Guild. With Echo Swinford, Julie co-authored Building PowerPoint Templates: Step by Step with the Experts, and the authors are currently working on an updated version. In this conversation, Julie talks about her sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 9, 2020
Bethany Auck owns and operates SlideRabbit, a presentation services boutique. Bethany has been sculpting presentation narrative and concepting visual aids since 2006, originally in service of large corporations and law firms for high-stakes corporate litigation. In 2012, Bethany founded SlideRabbit to bring high-quality presentation design and development to clients in all industries. In this conversation, Bethany talks about her session at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
June 9, 2020
We begin with a post from our Presentation Management series. This time, AlexAnndra Ontra and James Ontra explore how training helps begin the conversation about your presentation management strategy. Did you ever want to show updated weather information on your PowerPoint slides? It's much easier to do so than you may have imagined, with the DataPoint add-in for PowerPoint.
We also feature three speakers from the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020 virtual conference: Nolan Haims, Mike Parkinson, and Ken Molay. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured in the last week.
June 8, 2020
Jullietta Stoencheva is the VP of Customer Success at Pickit, helping organizations set up image banks that people actually use. Her background in Media Psychology, combined with her interest in photography make for a handy combination when helping people find the right image(s) and make the best out of the service. Jullietta is also quite the pro when it comes to crafting the perfect presentation, and she has a thing for cat memes (but still prefers real live felines). In this conversation, Jullietta talks about the new Pickit Documents feature.