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Why do you need data driven diagrams and charts?

That's simple! Data driven diagrams, charts, and 3D illustrations are a must-have in case you need to give a PowerPoint presentation on sales, marketing, business, or anything else that can be illustrated through graphs and tables. They are actually the best tool to make visual comparisons and give reasonable recommendations arisen from your analysis. So feel free to download the templates and data driven diagrams that suit your business needs best in order to impress your target audience.

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Work faster in PowerPoint

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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.

How To Add a Countdown Timer to PowerPoint

By Tara Duggan, 1 Open a new PowerPoint presentation and right-click on the first slide. Select the "Layout" option and click the "Blank" slide option. 2 Click the "Shapes" button from the "Insert" menu and select the "Rectangle" option. Draw a rectangle in the center of the slide. Right-click on the object. Select the "Format Shape" option and choose a color, such as yellow. Click in the center of the rectangle and type the highest number of your countdown, for example, 10. Add the text "Minutes Remaining" or similar directive.

Why Audiences Detest Presenters That Abuse or Avoid PowerPoint

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!

Simple Do’s and Don’ts for Better PowerPoint Presentations

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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Teaching with PowerPoint

PowerPoint can be an effective tool to present material in the classroom and encourage student learning. PowerPoint, when effectively planned and used, can enhance instruction. People are divided on the effectiveness of this ubiquitous software—some say that PowerPoint is wonderful while others bemoan its pervasiveness. No matter which side you take, there are effective ways to use PowerPoint which can be used to enhance instruction. This section is organized in three major sections: Part one will help faculty identify and use basic but important design elements; Part two will cover ways to enhance teaching and learning with PowerPoint; Part three will list ways to engage students with PowerPoint. PowerPoint can be an effective tool to present material in the classroom and encourage student learning. PowerPoint can be used to project visuals which would otherwise be difficult to bring to class. For example, in an anthropology class, a single PowerPoint presentation could project images of an anthropological dig from a remote area, questions which ask students about the topic, a chart of related statistics, and a mini quiz about what was just discussed that provides students with information that is visual, challenging and engaging. This article will highlight ways to design effective PowerPoint presentations as well as show best practice when using this powerful software.

5 Simple PowerPoint Tricks You Should Have Up Your Sleeve

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.

10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Killer PowerPoint Presentation

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:

Powerpoint for Mac 2011: Play audio across slides

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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Creative Ways Of Representing Powerpoint Quotes

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.