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A simple, 4-step guide to beautifully visualize data in your presentations

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This is a guest post by Yousef “Yoyo” Abu Ghaidah, a PowerPoint ninja who founded Slide Cow , a learning platform for all things PowerPoint, presentations and public speaking. When he’s not designing slides or giving presentations, he’s on another coffee run.

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3 techniques to copy formatting in PowerPoint

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You can spend a lot of time formatting a shape or some text in PowerPoint and you certainly don’t want to have to repeat that process if it isn’t necessary. The good news is that PowerPoint has several techniques to copy formatting and animation.

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2 reasons and 5 easy steps to convert a PowerPoint presentation to EXE

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This is a guest post by Brian Tarr of iSpring. Before finding an outlet for his talents – both tech-savvy and creative – Brian Tarr worked as an iSpring tech support pro for two years.

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How to insert 3D into PowerPoint

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3D is here! Yes, you can now insert certain types of 3D models into PowerPoint, rotate them and even animate them. At the end, I’ll show you a video of an animated 3D model in PowerPoint. To be clear, to get this new feature, you have to have Office 365, which is the subscription version.

5 principles for easier and faster slide creation

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I recently made over some webinar slides for a client and I can honestly say that the slides were the most messed up of any I’d ever seen. It wasn’t the content; it was the way the slides were created. Now, my client was a PowerPoint newbie, so it wasn’t really her fault.

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10 tips for modern design in 2017

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Recently, I worked with a client who was presenting to millennials. He wanted the design to look modern. His designer told him that he should use thin fonts, meaning that the font stroke is thin. He asked me to consult with him on the overall impression of the slides.

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Integrating Live Power BI Dashboards into PowerPoint

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Introduction. At SlideModel.com we create professional PowerPoint Templates to help our subscribers save time creating professional presentation decks. An important segment of our customers is interested in presenting business data and require professional visualizations for this task.

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Using a slide layout template for infinite variations

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Once you create a great slide layout for a presentation, you can use that slide over and over by changing the text and the image. This technique will save you an amazing amount of time and make your workflow easier. For example, this slide is simple but useful for many situations.

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4 secrets to choose the best images for your slides

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You use images in a presentation for 3 reasons: To help your audience understand what you are saying. To help them remember what you are saying. To persuade them to change their mind and take action. How do you choose the best images for your presentation?

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Timesaving PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts using Shift and Ctrl

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Like all software, PowerPoint has keyboard shortcuts — in fact a lot more than I will cover here. It’s always worthwhile to learn a few shortcuts that you’ll use often because you’ll save time and aggravation.

How to start a presentation

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The first minute after you start speaking is crucial. Your audience wants you to succeed, but they also judge you pretty quickly. So don’t be boring in that first minute! Don’t… …say “My name is x and my topic is y. Let’s get started.”

Presentation design trends

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This is a guest post by Mike Parkinson. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication and presentation expert, trainer, and award-winning author. Over the last 22 years, he created thousands of presentations that results in improved success rates for his clients.

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Using BIG circles on slides to make a bold, modern statement

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One way to create a modern look is to use BIG shapes. Recent design trends often use large shapes with lots of white space. You can see this on some websites. In this post, I show you 2 ways to use circles to create a bold, modern statement. Use a circle for a numbered list.

Create a vignette effect to make a photo more powerful

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A vignette effect on a photo typically places a dark, semi-transparent border around it. There are other possible variations, such as a light border, but dark is more common. Designers use this effect to make the center of the image stand out. Here you see a photo with and without a vignette. .

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Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

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PowerPoint Mix is a new PowerPoint add-on by Microsoft, now in beta (not finalized). What is PowerPoint Mix? PowerPoint Mix is a PowerPoint-based tool for creating interactive online lessons. The basic process is simple: You create slides and can record audio and video. You can add quizzes.

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9 tips to design presentations for webinars

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I recently gave a presentation on this topic at the Presenters Network meeting in Manhattan and thought I’d share with you my points for designing presentations for webinars. By the word “design,” I mean both the visual design of the slides and the design of the content.

Working with multi-speaker presentations

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I just finished work for a client on a multi-presenter presentation. It was a presentation that will be given to nurses at a nursing school and I thought I’d share my experiences with you.

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Create an animated announcement

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Do you announce new events, training programs, or products? Would you like a simple-to-use animated video that makes the announcement? I recently created one for my monthly training program members. That program is called Power Pointers Quarter Hour.

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Review of “Start strong – 3 gripping ways to open your talk” by Craig Hadden

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This is a review of a blog post by Craig Hadden , who blogs about presenting at Remote Possibilities. Craig is an instructional designer living in Sydney, Australia. Currently, the main tool he uses at work is Articulate Storyline. He loves “the way presenting is both a science and an art.”

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Add power to your message with better slide titles

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Add action verbs to your slide titles. When I work with clients, I sometimes find that their slide titles are boring and even meaningless. We work together to make the slide titles more powerful. Use verbs when writing slide titles.

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Side-by-side speaker video and slide content for a live presentation feel

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Start by watching this short video. What do you think? https://s3.amazonaws.com/ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/powerpoint-tips-video-slide-content-side-by-side.mp4.

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Slide design rules–what are yours?

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Slide design can be very subjective but there are some rules that are objective. These rules ensure that your slide is easy to understand and remember. When you use these rules, you can create clear slides that no one will struggle to comprehend.

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Turn a presentation into a report or e-book

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You might find it valuable to create a report or e-book from a presentation. While you may be familiar with creating handouts, you might want something longer or more structured. For example, you might want to include a table of contents and a cover.

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Format quotations to get attention

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I see a lot of presentations with quotations on them and they’re almost always boring. Presenters use a blank layout, insert a text box, and type or paste the quote from some document. Quotes are an interesting feature in a presentation, so make them interesting!

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Anticipate the next slide with transitional statements

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In writing, it’s good practice to create transitional statements between paragraphs or sections. For example: “Next, I’ll cover how you can implement the ideas I’ve discussed.”

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Video tutorial: Create a theme in PowerPoint from scratch

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In my clients’ presentations that we make over (usually together), I see a lot of themes and slide masters that aren’t well prepared — sometimes not prepared at all.

What about PowerPoint 2016 (Windows)?

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It’s time for me to talk about PowerPoint 2016, since it’s been out for a few weeks now. Here’s a screenshot of it. So, what’s new? Actually, nothing major, in my opinion. but here’s a rundown. You might find something that’s just what you need.

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Icons are hot now — how to get, make, and use icons

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Iconography is hot in design now. Here is an example from one of my websites. The above icons are colorful and have some depth to them, but you often see icons that are flat and monochrome. Here’s an example from urbangap.com/urban12/dicembre. I often see icons that are all gray.

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Make your webinars super interactive

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This is a guest post from Brenda Bence , who is a corporate branding and personal branding expert. She wrote this as a tip for Speaker Net News subscribers and gave me permission to reprint it. You can read more about her at www.BrendaBence.com.

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Create a quiz in PowerPoint

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Did you know that you can create a quiz in PowerPoint? You can create a simple quiz in PowerPoint using just hyperlinks. It’s simple because it doesn’t require any programming and you can’t grade it. Students take the quiz in Slide Show view.

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Create a screenshot and screen recording in PowerPoint

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If you create training presentations, especially technical ones, you often need to include screenshots (static images of the screen) and screen recordings (videos showing activity on the screen). In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can take screenshots from within PowerPoint.

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The why of presentations–getting results

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To get the best results from a presentation, you need to think about the “why.” ” Why are you doing the presentation? If someone else assigned it to you, why? What is the goal of the presentation? There are lots of possible goals.

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3 tips to make your slides more persuasive

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It’s not only sales people who need to persuade. Perhaps you need to get approval for a proposal. Recently, a subscriber used principles I taught to get approval from an State Legislature committee for an important proposal that will help children in that state.

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Changing the order of items in a chart

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Have you ever seen this when you created a chart in PowerPoint? Look at the order of the items in the datasheet and in the bar chart itself. They’re the opposite of each other! If you care about the order of the data in your chart, this can be very frustrating!

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Handouts for data-heavy presentations

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Not all presentations can be full of photos. Sometimes, you need to present data — lots of it. While I do think that presenters sometimes dump more than necessary on their audience, consider this scenario. The setting. You’re a market research associate.

Verbal communication is the MOST important candidate skill

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I want to shout this from the rooftops! The National Association of Colleges and Employers does a survey of employers each year, asking the most important skills they want from new candidates. They make this information available to colleges so colleges can teach those skills.

Create cool animation with Morph in Office 365

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Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled new new features for PowerPoint, Morph and Designer. Here, I want to discuss Morph and focus on effects that you can’t create with PowerPoint’s animation feature. How you get access to Morph. Unfortunately, not everyone can get Morph.

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Comparing webinar services-Google Hangouts on Air, GoToWebinar, and Zoom-and why I chose Zoom

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More and more, presenters are presenting online, using webinar services. So I thought I’d share my experience and maybe comparing webinar services will help you make a choice. I’ve switched to Zoom! I’ve used GoToWebinar for many years but a friend (thanks, Sheila Finkelstein!) introduced me to Zoom. I tested it for several months and a few months ago I took the plunge — I cancelled my GoToWebinar/Meeting account. I was looking for ways to engage more with my audience.

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Quickly create a grid of tiled images

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Can you imagine creating this slide in under 5 minutes? Well, you can. Using SmartArt picture layouts. Few people use or even know about the SmartArt picture layouts. They help you lay out multiple images in a preset pattern. They even crop the images for you!

Create a system for your message

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A presentation doesn’t stand by itself. Your presentation started out with a reason, a goal, need, or a situation that led to the presentation itself. Here are some examples: Employees in your company are not getting the desired results, so they need training.

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