Posts tagged "tips"

5 Principles For Making PowerPoint Slides With Impact

By Michel Theriault ppt_slide96 Delivering effective and powerful presentations is critical to business success. It’s about making an impact that influences your audience, whether you are an entrepreneur pitching investors, a small business owner pitching a product to a retailer or potential customer, a startup presenting a new initiative, or a manager asking for budget or staffing resources. Here are five principles you must use to create powerful PowerPoint presentations:

Text Floatie in Office 2013

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.

Ignite presentations – and why I (don’t?) like ‘em

By Simon ppt_slide72 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…

Finding Images for Your PowerPoint Presentations

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. hawaii_versus (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!

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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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.