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30
Jan

By Jeff Hurt

Presentations are the business currency of today. PowerPoint® is often the legal tender of those presentations. We trade and share PowerPoint presentations like baseball cards, stamps and money.

SlideShare is the largest online community for sharing great presentations! When you create a presentation using great design and learning principles, and you upload it to SlideShare, your presentation may just jump to their home page for thousands to see!

Viewing a presentation without PowerPoint (Keynote or Prezi) is like listening to a TV show over the radio. We expect and want the visual to help keep us focused.

PowerPoint is nearly unavoidable. However, misuse of PowerPoint is avoidable!

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28
Jan

By Gcfelizabeth

Have you ever given a PowerPoint presentation and noticed that something about it just seemed a little… off? If you’re unfamiliar with basic PowerPoint design principles, it can be hard to create a slide show that presents your information in the best light. Poorly designed presentations can leave an audience feeling confused, bored, and even irritated. Review these Do’s and Don’ts for tips on making your next presentation more engaging.

  • Don’t read your presentation straight from the slides. If your audience can both read and hear, it’s a waste of time for you to simply read your slides aloud. Your audience will zone out and stop listening to what you’re saying, which means they won’t hear any extra information you include. Instead of typing out your entire presentation, include only main ideas, keywords, and talking points in your slide show text. Engage your audience by sharing the details out loud.
  • Do Follow the 5/5/5 rule. To keep your audience from feeling overwhelmed, you should keep the text on each slide short and to the point. Some experts suggest using the 5/5/5 rule: no more than five words per line of text, five lines of text per slide, or five text-heavy slides in a row.

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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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16
Jan

by Nancy Duarte

After studying hundreds of speeches, I’ve found that the most effective presenters use the same techniques as great storytellers: By reminding people of the status quo and then revealing the path to a better way, they set up a conflict that needs to be resolved.

That tension helps them persuade the audience to adopt a new mindset or behave differently — to move from what is to what could be. And by following Aristotle’s three-part story structure (beginning, middle, end), they create a message that’s easy to digest, remember, and retell.

Here’s how it looks when you chart it out:

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15
Jan

by Angel Brady

We just recently gave a talk about using tablets in the classroom for a Lunch and Learn session here at Princeton. The focus was to address how an instructor can not only use their tablet device for their personal life, but cross over and use the same device in the classroom to teach.

Tablets are becoming more and more popular with instructors and they are opting for them instead of carrying a laptop around. Once instructors get use to using the iPad or any tablet device for their daily personal tasks, it only makes sense that instructors would want to start venturing into use the tablet device for lecture and course work. Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Tablet use in the classroom also goes in the vein of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement which we have been seeing for years with students and instructors bringing their own laptops to class.

Below we have a summary of apps we tested (mostly iPad but a few can be found in the Google Play Store). We have also categorized them by topic. They are listed below:

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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:

quote from bloomberg for presentation

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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27
Dec

This tutorial will show you how to use PowerPoint’s Slide Master to create your own custom design templates. This is a convenient way to achieve consistency in your own presentations, or throughout presentations in your department.

Introduction to the Slide Master

PowerPoint 2010 comes with some great design templates which you can access by clicking on the “Design” tab.  But sometimes these templates aren’t exactly what we need.   Maybe we want to brand our layout with a logo and a more relevant look and feel.

We could simply customize each slide we create, but it would be more efficient to create slide templates that can be easily reused.   This isn’t harder or more time consuming, and will save us a lot of time and effort.

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26
Dec

1 Simplify

Simple is always better. Keep visuals uncluttered with open space (white space) to allow easier reading and visual breaks. Visuals should support what you have to say, not say everything for you.

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26
Dec

Designing visuals for presentation PowerPoint and other presentation graphics software have brought us a long way in a short time. Today’s tools allow us to create sophisticated pages with color, animation, charts, photographs, sound, video, and perfectly set type.

While the tools to create presentations have improved, our skill at using these tools has not necessarily kept pace.

When visuals are used, your presentations can be more persuasive, interesting and involving, you can cover more material in less time, and retention and comprehension are greater.

This handout will help you design visuals and create a visual plan for your presentations that will make the information you have easier for the audience to understand.

Remember that the number one priority with visuals is legibility — they must be easy to read.

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26
Dec
A guide to using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create a quality, engaging video for use on YouTube or other video services.

The first thing to keep in mind when creating a video from PowerPoint 2010 is a popular saying in media and information technology circles, “Garbage in. Garbage out.” That means the quality of your finished video depends largely on the quality of the pieces it is built from. If you start with a bad PowerPoint presentation, you will end up with a bad video. If your narration is poorly planned or poorly delivered, you will end up with a bad video. Remember, “Garbage in. Garbage out.”

Start with a quality presentation.

An easy way to make your presentation better from the very start is to use a PowerPoint template. There are a number of templates you can download and use  at PoweredTemplate.com

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