PowerPoint: Tutorials, Articles, and Conversations with Presentation Experts
August 24, 2020
To deliver a successful speech, whether that’s via Zoom or in person, you need connection, change, and confidence. Once you have these you are well on the way to being a skillful and sincere public speaker. So, what does this mean in terms of how we design and deliver speeches that are both skillful and sincere?
August 18, 2020
In presentation management, files are never done. Instead, they evolve, just like the businesses they represent. Slides and decks continually morph and adjust to the market and to the world in which the business operates. The companies and organizations that get the most out of presentation management evolve their content through a constant lifecycle – or what we call The Wheel. The process illustrated by The Wheel involves seven steps that generally follow each other, leading back to the beginning.
August 17, 2020
Yesterday evening, our bank invited us to a presentation by one of their insurance consultants. Since I am in the business of presenting, I always love to be part of the audience. I did not know at that time that I was going to run into something I have never experienced before! What I encountered was a thin smile. The presenter had this thin smile plastered on his face right from the start to the end of his presentation, and that lasted for a good hour and a half. Fortunately, I had my tablet with me. So, I used it to good advantage to pencil all my thoughts immediately!
August 17, 2020
When you click the File menu in PowerPoint 365 for Mac, you see several options. In this tutorial, we explore two of these options: Save, and Save As. The Save option works differently depending upon whether you are working with a new presentation or a presentation that has already been saved earlier.
August 12, 2020
When launched, PowerPoint 365 for Windows typically opens with Backstage View. If you want to create a new presentation, you can do so using the New tab. If you want to work on any of the already created presentations, you can open them by using the various options in the Open tab. In this tutorial, we explore the Save and Save As tabs of Backstage view.
August 11, 2020
We've updated our 30 Million PowerPoint Presentations post entirely, and you can now see screenshots of all our references. What's more awesome than the 30 million figure is the fact that this big figure was first mentioned almost twenty years ago. We also bring you another post on the billion and a half installations of Microsoft Office, as revealed by Satya Nadella. We then look at CleverPDF's quick PDF to PowerPoint conversions at no cost at all. In our series on the Presentation Summit that happens this week, you will find an interview with Sandy Johnson. Mac users of PowerPoint can explore our No Line for Shapes tutorials for both PowerPoint 365 and 2016. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured last week.
August 10, 2020
Creating slides is just one part of what you would do as part of your presentation. Delivering those slides will complete the process. In an earlier post, we explored a Checklist for Creating Presentations. In this post, we undertake a similar, planned checklist to deliver your slides. We have compiled a list of activities to do before delivering your slides. Let's call this a presentation delivery checklist.
August 7, 2020
Since 2001, we have heard the 30 million figure as the number of PowerPoint presentations created each day. Many years have gone by, and no one has provided a new, updated number—but someone did provide a number that was largely unnoticed as the figure was a passing reference in a keynote that spoke about so much more?
August 7, 2020
Sandy Johnson has owned her presentation design business since 2001. As a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, she works with individuals and corporations across the globe to ensure that they PowerPoint. Responsibly. She is a 16-time attendee, Help Center expert and sometimes presenter at the Presentation Summit and is co-founder and past board director, vice president, and president of the Presentation Guild. In this conversation, Sandy talks about her participation at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020, being held virtually this year from August 10 to 13, 2020.
August 6, 2020
Insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, and you'll see that it may be filled with a solid color and has an outline by default (this may differ depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). You can remove the fill of the shape as well as the line. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to remove the line attribute, also known as the outline from a shape so that it only includes a fill without any line. Whatever you do, make sure that you remove either the fill or the line because if you remove both, then your shape will no longer be visible.
August 5, 2020
You or someone else created a PDF from the PowerPoint file, and then, lost the original PowerPoint file due to data loss, or just inadvertently deleted the file. Or you received a PDF with a hundred photos from a client who wants you to put them within a PowerPoint presentation. If not photos, you need slides that look exactly like the PDF pages! To work conventionally in any of the two situations mentioned above is a long process. You will have to manually copy and paste, and even then, the results will be far from satisfactory. You clearly need a better option to resolve this problem. Fortunately, the subject of our review today is CleverPDF, a product that can achieve surprisingly great results with good fidelity in the converted PowerPoint file.
August 5, 2020
Insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, and you'll see that it may be filled with a solid color and has an outline by default (this may differ depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). You can remove the fill of the shape as well as the line. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to remove the line attribute, also known as the outline from a shape so that it only includes a fill without any line.
August 4, 2020
We first bring you an interview with Kara Jones of PresenterMedia, who talks about their SlideClips Video Maker option, that's part of their subscription. Gordon Adams of Toastmasters International shares different ways to make your presentation fly. For instance, if you want your presentation to carry extra authority, it can be helpful to open it with a quotation from a respected figure. As part of our interviews related to the upcoming Presentation Summit, this week we feature Ric Bretschneider, a speaker at this year's virtual conference. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured last week.
August 3, 2020
You may have heard that 30 million PowerPoint presentations are created daily. Everyone quotes that figure! And the amazing part is not that 30 million is a big number. What I find more interesting than just the number, is the fact that this big figure was first mentioned almost twenty years ago.
July 28, 2020
Kara Jones is a complete nerd training and getting others excited about presenting. Her passions include genealogy and keeping up with her two-year-old son. She has been working in business for fifteen years, acquired ger MBA last year and is using that newfound knowledge to launch PresenterMedia to new heights. In this conversation, Kara talks about PresenterMedia’s online SlideClips Video Maker.
July 21, 2020
In this issue, Vinette Hoffman-Jackson of Toastmasters International explores how you can end your online presentation or in-person speech with impact. Kurt Dupont of PresentationPoint then explores how the DataPoint add-in for PowerPoint can help you easily create dynamic text boxes that change the content at set intervals. Vivek Singh of Jazz Factory discusses his new book, Presentation Masala.
We also feature personalities from the upcoming Presentation Summit 2020 virtual conference. This time, we interview Mike Hanlon. For PowerPoint 365 users on both Windows and Mac, and also for PowerPoint 2019 for Windows, we explore the tabs in Backstage view that show your recent files and folders. Also, make sure you do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates featured last week.