Posts tagged "tips"

Structure Your Presentation Like a Story

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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Using Your Tablet in the Classroom: An App Summary

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:

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.

Creating Design Templates with the Slide Master

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.

PowerPoint Pizzazz

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.

Creating a YouTube Video From PowerPoint 2010

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


  Use only one message per slide. If you have more than one message, add a slide. Limit the amount of text on each slide – no one wants to…

Tips and Tricks for PowerPoint users

Remember, PowerPoint’s Help Menu and Tutorial are very useful. For maximum readability, ITSM suggests the following overall formatting:     Use a dark background and light text     Use a large…