By Geetesh Bajaj

Explore various options within the text floatie in Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface.


On a touch device such as Micosoft’s Surface tablets, you may not have access to a regular keyboard and mouse. Everything happens with a tap or a slide or some other gesture. To adapt an existing program such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for a touch environment is no easy task — however Microsoft has made this happen — and it has happened so well! Unlike the desktop versions of Office programs, the touch versions have a floatie — this is a floating toolbar that contains options that are relevant to the tapped object.

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by Don Tennant


Some would have us believe that PowerPoint is inherently dangerous. No doubt, they make a compelling argument. One need not witness the lifelessness of  more than a handful of moribund meetings, conferences, or classes where PowerPoint is being wielded to recognize that the threat of slaughtered interest and engagement is all too real.

What we need to keep in mind, however, is that it’s only when PowerPoint falls into the wrong hands that it becomes menacing. True, when that happens, the little clicker thing that advances the slides can become a weapon of mass monotony. But when used properly, it can advance engagement, understanding, and knowledge with every click.

In order to gain some insight into the proper handling of PowerPoint, I turned to Vikas Jhingran, a world champion public speaker and author of the book, “Emote: Using Emotions to Make Your Message Memorable.” Jhingran devoted an entire chapter of his book to the topic of how to present with PowerPoint, so I asked him what the keys are to an effective PowerPoint presentation. He explained the two main problems with PowerPoint:

The first is that PowerPoint, in general, is a very difficult tool to engage with emotionally. A lot of people don’t understand that, and therefore lose their audience. So you have to understand that the emotional connection they can have is with you, and then PowerPoint would be an aid that helps in that emotional dialogue. If you make PowerPoint the center of your presentation, then that emotional connection is lost. That is the key reason why we have so many PowerPoint presentations that fail to engage the audience, and fail to be effective.

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By Simon


Before you start, you should know that this is part of a paired blog, with my friend Lydia Bates, who’s just done her first Ignite presentation and who’s blogged about her first time. This blog is my take on it, as a professional trainer and speaker.

My position is pretty simple.

I hate Ignite as a presentation format….  :)

Well, okay, I don’t hate it – it’s got a lot of good stuff going for it, but hear me out…

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Posted by Dianna Booher


Sales professionals rarely face buyers without getting questions. Yet most will tell you that although they may spend hours, or even days, planning for the formal part of a sales presentation, they often give little thought to the Q&A period.   Yet seasoned sales professionals use the opportunity to respond to questions to increase persuasiveness and credibility.   The most successful avoid the following mistakes:


Mistake #1:  Failure to Anticipate and Prepare for Routine Questions

Sales teams frequently spend hundreds of hours learning to position their product against the competition –but no time in anticipating and perfecting answers for routine questions. This situation should be labeled sales malpractice:   If you’re in sales, put yourself in scenarios where colleagues fire product or service questions at you until you can think on your feet well enough to answer those typical buyer questions with substance.  Consider Q&A part of your presentation preparation.

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By Scott Schwertly

Aristotle often discussed three principles: pathos (passion), ethos (character), and logos (evidence). All three are the foundation to a great presentation, but today I want to unpack the topic of logos.

If you examine most business presentations, you will likely find an abuse of logos. You’ll see a plethora of charts, graphs, numbers and percentages. The problem: Too many facts and stats, and not enough story.


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Have you ever gotten a piece of bad advice?

Once I gave a speech about leaving a great job in paradise to pursue happiness in my personal life, and a piece of feedback I got was “You should wear a grass skirt and coconut bra when you give this speech.”

There’s about a million reason WHY I didn’t take that advice, but it shows that not all public speaking advice is created equally.

The Internet is full of horrible tips that won’t improve your speaking. Here is my top 5 bad speaking tips list and what you should do instead.

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By Bronwen

The right picture can really make your PowerPoint presentation pop. Not only can it help you illustrate your point—it can also help you connect with the audience, and maybe even stir an emotional response.


(Who wants to go to Hawaii now?)

What’s the best place to find free, high-quality images like the photo above? There are lots of great resources, both on the web and in PowerPoint itself. These resources make it possible to create vibrant, professional-looking presentations, even if you aren’t an experienced graphic designer.

Below are some of our favorite sources for stock photos and other free graphics.

Happy image hunting!

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By Ellen Finkelstein

When I work with clients in 1-on-1 coaching, I use webinar software so we can work together on a presentation. Sometimes I wield the mouse and sometimes my client does.  Because I work in PowerPoint so much, I use the fastest way possible — at least as far as I know. But when my clients take over, I often see them use slower ways of accomplishing a task.

So, here are my best tips for working faster in PowerPoint.

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