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03
Mar

By Carmine Gallo,

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Don’t blame PowerPoint for a boring presentation. The problem with today’s typical business presentation is NOT PowerPoint. The storyteller is the problem, the presenter who creates wordy, text-heavy slides and uses dull, convoluted jargon and buzzwords.

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11
Feb

By Simon

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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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06
Feb
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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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05
Feb

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.

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(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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03
Feb
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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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24
Jan

by Ginny Soskey

Seriously, guys — you’d think PowerPoint would be the easiest platform in the world to use. It’s the de-facto presentation software for most businesses, but most of us don’t use the program to its full potential.

There are lots of hidden tricks you can do in the platform. Need an easy way to angle a photo? There’s a button for that. How about removing the background of an image? Simple as a few clicks.

The problem with these little PowerPoint tricks is that they aren’t always easy to discover. This issue becomes even worse because, as a typical Gen Y-er, I hate to read manuals. So, unless I stumble on a new feature or just search for one when it’s absolutely necessary, I never discover those tips and tricks that could make my life much, much easier.

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23
Jan

As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.

When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation can reel in new customers, attract capital and generate positive media buzz. When done wrong, well, just ask Michael Bay and the folks at Samsung.

Your PowerPoint (or Prezi or Keynote) presentation slides have to be spot-on. This goes for whether you’re presenting at a big conference or for customers or colleagues. Not only do carefully planned slides help you stay on-topic, more importantly, they help you tell a memorable story that informs, engages and hopefully even inspires your audience to do business with you.

Here are 10 important questions to consider when crafting your next PowerPoint presentation:

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17
Jan

By David Eitelbach,

1. Click “Insert” at the top left portion of the screen.

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14
Jan

By Wayne Dixon

I was asked a question via email by a Macgasm reader on how to play an audio clip across a set of slides within PowerPoint for Mac 2011. I knew it was possible, since I’ve done the same thing under Office 2007 on the PC. So, I set out to investigate, and I thought I would share my findings.

It’s actually quite simple if you want to play an audio track across an entire slideshow.

  1. Click on Insert -> Audio -> Audio Browser (or Audio from File).
  2. Select which audio track you want to play.

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13
Jan

Many presenters have the habit of using quotes from well-known personalities, research or experts as part of their presentation. Relevant quotes strengthen a point in the presentation, provide a change from the general flow and show the audience you have done your research.

But quotes need to be showcased properly in PowerPoint to make an impact. Here are 5 ways in which you can showcase a relevant quote to your presentation.

This is the typical way in which presenters put up their slides. You may have seen motivational presentations, with a collection of quotes that use this format.

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This image at the back overwhelms the message. Another more stylish option suggested is to use this format of quote with image of expert:

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While this format is much better, visually, remember your business audience may not really be interested in seeing what the expert looks like. They are more interested in understanding your source and logic. An image, especially a face, calls audience attention away from your message.

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