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PowerPoint and Presentation News - Issue 041

Issue 041 of PowerPoint and Presentation Stuff newsletter.

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Responses & Gifts

I'm so glad to know that all of you like this new minimal format of the ezine. Thank you for mailing and letting me know. As you know, all happenings and news of the PowerPoint world are now covered through my blog, and that's updated each day.

I just got back from the Microsoft MVP Summit held in Seattle and Redmond and have had no time to coordinate with winners for the last issue's giveaways yet. I'll announce the winners in the next ezine issue.

Meanwhile, it's the time for giveaways again! By being subscribed to this ezine, you are eligible to win!

This image is from the AbsolutVision collection - more info here.

Paul Jones of Crunchy Software (link no longer exists) is providing three copies of their WowChart charting add-in for PowerPoint and Excel. WowChart, which uses graphic acceleration creates cool charts that include 3D rendering and animation abilities.

You can also still win three copies of TechSmith SnagIt and two copies of the PowerPoint Texture collection.

There are even more goodies - they will be announced in the next issue!

Here's a special offer from CrystalGraphics. You can get the RemotePoint Presenter, the world's most advanced PowerPoint remote controller for US$149 rather than US$199 until May 14th. Look here for more info.


PowerPoint 2003 and Multimedia

The Microsoft site has this great new article on using multimedia in PowerPoint 2003 and it explores how the new PowerPoint versions use either the MCI control or Windows Media Player behind the scenes to play media files inside PowerPoint slides.

The article, authored by Andrew May of Microsoft explores hitherto unpublished nuances in the way PowerPoint handles multimedia and is a must-read for anyone who needs to insert multimedia content in PowerPoint.

Read the article here.


Focus on Fotosearch

Fotosearch Stock Photography allows you to search from more than fifty quality stock photography vendors at one site! They can also find clipart pictures, royalty-free illustrations, royalty-free motion stock video clips, royalty free vector maps, and background clip art imagery. I put across these questions to Elizabeth Himmerich of Fotosearch:

Geetesh: How important is it to use good quality photo content in PowerPoint presentations.

Elizabeth: Good quality photo and image content is KEY in turning a standard PowerPoint presentation into a stellar presentation. PowerPoint is the visual compliment to the verbal speech component of a presentation, and is crucial in delivering the message. Incorporating eye-catching photos and graphics ensures that you, the presenter, will capture your audience's attention.

But the advantage in incorporating quality photography and graphics in a PowerPoint presentation goes far beyond this as well. Looking professional, indeed, looking exceptional, makes your message look more professional as well. A good presentation is all about conveying your message. Go beyond communication alone with an exceptional PowerPoint presentation to show the quality of your message and to engage in successful persuasion.

Geetesh: What role can Fotosearch play in easy availability of quality content.

Elizabeth: Fotosearch Stock Photography is different from other stock image providers in that it allows users to search from more than 50 quality vendors all at one place! Fotosearch vendors include Combstock, Corbis, Digital Vision, EyeWire, Stockbyte, and many, many more. This helps users find the perfect photo or image fast, saving them a lot of time! Fotosearch is now the exclusive distributor of Image Club graphics as well, which is a very popular source of clip art for use in PowerPoint presentations.

Visit the Fotosearch Stock Photography site.

The Persuasion Challenge

Here's some great content from Claudyne Wilder. Claudyne runs Wilder Presentations and teaches presentation techniques in the Boston area. Thank you, Claudyne.

Like almost everyone else, you are trying to persuade your audience. Persuading them to see the situation through your eyes. Persuading them to buy your products or services. Persuading them that you know what you are doing. Given that this is the scenario in most presentations, what is your strategy for persuasion? And is it working? Here's what I see.

Data or Story/Example Persuasion: Most people think that if they show enough data, the audience will be persuaded. So rather than two clear, succinct slides, the audience has to sit through five. Stop this data-driven method - it's just not that persuasive. Instead, tell your audience stories about the situation. Give examples. Show them images that help them understand the situation. People will remember stories much longer than statistics.

Talk or Listen Persuasion: Many presenters, when given the option of presenting for 50 minutes, talk the whole time. They believe that the more they talk, the more the audience will be convinced they know something. How about switching the idea? Listen to your audience. This strategy is especially effective in a sales situation or one in which the audience wants to discuss the information as it is presented. Put questions for your audience on your slides. Ask them which direction they believe makes most sense. People like information, but then they like to discuss it. This way, they will persuade themselves.


News & Content

Read the PowerPoint Blog here. The PowerPoint Blog now includes the Atom syndication service so that you can use a Atom compatible newsreader to read all postings.


Events & Seminars

Great Graphics and Perfect Presentations
April 20-21 (Phoenix); April 27-28 (Calgary AB Canada); May 5-6(San Jose)
Rick Altman, R Altman Digital Consulting
PPT Live

Winning Presentations Seminar
June 10 and 11, 2004, Boston, USA
Claudyne Wilder, Wilder Presentations

PowerPoint Live
October 10 to 13, 2004, San Diego, California, USA
Rick Altman, R Altman Digital Consulting
PPT Live



During the preparation of this issue of the PowerPoint Ezine, I received assistance, content or feedback from Claudyne Wilder, Elizabeth Himmerich and Paul Jones (all in alphabetical order). I would like to use this platform to thank them for their help.


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