PowerPoint: Tutorials, Articles, and Conversations with Presentation Experts
November 24, 2022
We’ve all been in the audiences of far too many presentations that unleash all the bells and the whistles of slideshow animation with a frenetic, pyrotechnic display that challenges a Fourth of July celebration or a night at Disneyland. The obvious solution is to exercise restraint, but that is negative advice. What to do instead? Three simple, overarching rules will bring your presentation to life (after all, that is the definition of animation) and, more important, bring clarity, if not tranquility, to your audiences.
November 23, 2022
Shapes are the building blocks of most of the content you create in PowerPoint. Did you know that a text box that you add to your slide is also a shape that has no fill applied? To work better with shapes, you must start with the very basics, and there's so much to learn even at this foundation level. The first task you need to do is to insert a shape. Fortunately, PowerPoint makes it easy to do this task.
November 16, 2022
Jerry Weissman is the founder and president of Suasive, Inc., formerly Power Presentations, Ltd. Jerry founded Suasive in 1988 and quickly established himself as the coach for Silicon Valley CEOs delivering critical presentations for their IPO roadshows. He taught them to tell their company stories through the eyes of their investors, and in so doing, significantly increased the valuations of their companies. He amassed an elite client list and soon widened his focus to helping public and privately held companies develop and deliver all types of business presentations. In this conversation, Jerry talks about the recently released 2nd edition of The Power Presenter.
November 15, 2022
We begin by featuring a new book on public speaking, but this one is different because it is intended for kids. However, there's no reason why grown-ups cannot learn a technique or two. One of the authors, Amy Wolff tells us more about why she wrote this book.
We also bring you an updated list of PowerPoint 365 keyboard shortcuts. We also bring you quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
November 14, 2022
What does the word “shape” mean to you? Do you imagine a square, a circle, a heart, or even a smiley face? Yes, those are shapes, as are the hundreds of other recognizable outlines or figures that we also call shapes in our daily conversations. Shapes play a significant role in any slides you create for your PowerPoint presentation. In many ways, shapes are like the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides.
November 1, 2022
We begin with an exclusive book excerpt from Jerry Weissman's Presentations in Action book, in which he explores how several blind men touch and then describe an elephant. It's the same with presentations, as you will understand from this post. We then feature Anand R Krishnan of SlideBazaar, a presentation design agency that provides modern, high-quality presentation designs and custom slides.
For PowerPoint 365 for Windows users, we look at the types of shapes available. We also bring you quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
October 31, 2022
Amy Wolff is President of Distinction Communication. Inc, a speaker coaching firm out of Portland, OR. When clients need a trusted truth-teller to help them accurately assess their presentation skills, she provides expert, hands-on coaching. Amy is also a speaker coach for TEDxPortland and delivered her own TEDx talk in 2022. You can read about the surprising personal story of how Amy accidentally started a global movement of love in her book Signs of Hope. In this conversation, Amy talks about her new co-authored book, A Kids Book About Public Speaking.
October 28, 2022
PowerPoint provides hundreds of shapes efficiently categorized into nine types. You can do so much with these shapes—for example, you can combine shapes to create your own unique shapes, format shapes with fills, lines, and effects, and even group or layer them one over the other to create more amazing graphics. You can even create flowcharts with these shapes.
October 27, 2022
In 1872, John Godfrey Saxe, an American poet, published a poem based on an ancient Indian fable about six blind men who were asked to describe an elephant by touch. One man said it was a wall, another a spear, another a snake, another a tree, another a fan, and the last man a rope. The point of both the poem and the fable is to demonstrate the importance of seeing objects—as well as objectives—from an overarching view instead of just as component parts; to see the forest, not just the trees.
October 26, 2022
Anand R Krishnan is a presentation expert and the founder of SlideBazaar, a presentation design agency. After his post-graduation in fine arts, he started off his career as a visual designer, creating presentations for in-house teams. He later worked extensively as a freelance presentation designer for Fortune 500 companies. He founded SlideBazaar when he realized there was a demand for modern, high-quality presentation designs and custom slides. In this conversation, Anand discusses SlideBazaar.