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Communication skills for online success

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This is a guest post by Steve Kosch, a former ABC and CNN anchor (that’s him on the left), and a globally recognized expert communication skills trainer. For 10 more awesome tips to help you “Nail It” in your next presentation, go to mediatrainingnetwork.com.

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PowerPoint has photos again! And a lot more…

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If you have Office 365 — now called Microsoft 365, confusingly — you might have noticed that after several years without photos, they’ve come back! Actually, they aren’t the same photos, but better quality ones.

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Collaborate with others in real time using PowerPoint on the Web

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Did you know that you can collaborate with others on a PowerPoint file in real-time using PowerPoint on the Web? That’s the same thing as PowerPoint Online.) You can do the same in Microsoft Word and Excel, but I’ll focus on PowerPoint, of course.

2020 184

Equipment for Speakers

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I’m writing this during the Coronavirus pandemic and I just heard that webcams are on backorder. That’s because so many more people are presenting and attending meetings from home.

2020 151

Two PowerPoint accessibility features plus one “off label” use

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People with visual disabilities may use a screen reader to read the screen to them. PowerPoint has features that work with screen readers and you can help to ensure that this experience is useful for people with visual disabilities.

2019 229

How to create a logo in PowerPoint

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Would you like to create your own logo, product image, or course symbol in PowerPoint in a few minutes — following some easy steps? If so, you’re in luck, just read on. I’m going to show you how to create this logo — and you can customize it in any way you want.

2020 174

It’s about the audience

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You’re always presenting for your audience. Your presentation shouldn’t be about you. What type of presentation will give your audience the most value? Ask yourself… What do they need and want? Your content needs to be relevant to the needs and wants of your audience.

2019 196

Layer images and shapes for stunning slides

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A simple way to create stunning slides is to layer an image, a shape, and text placeholders. Here are 2 examples: Here are the steps to create these slides: 1. Enter your text. Use the Title and Content layout. You can right-click any blank area and choose Layout>Title and Content.

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How to speak like a leader

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Do you think of yourself as a leader? Do you want to sound like a leader when you speak? What does that even mean? A leader tries to guide and motivate others to take action and implement change.

2019 222

Transcribe or translate your live talk in PowerPoint with a Star Trek twist

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If you have Office 365 (the subscription version that is always updated), there’s a new feature coming out that is truly extraordinary! If you’re in the Office Insider program , you may have it already. Otherwise, you’ll get it when it’s rolled out to everyone with Office 365.

Think BIG to create high-impact presentations

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You want your presentations to have an impact on your audience — change them, move them to action, inspire them. One way to do this is to think BIG, both in terms of your concepts and your visuals. Big ideas help to inspire people.

2019 161

3 ways to use images

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As I see it, there are 3 ways to use images on a slide: As a background, behind text: The purpose is to make a slide that is essentially all text look better. As a supplement to text: The purpose is to help people understand and remember the text.

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4 layouts that always look good-video training

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In my bestselling e-book, Slide Design for Non-Designers, I cover 4 layouts that always look good. These are for slides that have a title and an image. The layouts make it easy to quickly create a professional-looking slide.

2018 201

3 shortcuts for quickly formatting multiple objects

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I had a client who gave day-long training courses and his presentations were 200-300 slides long. He spent hours changing individual slides–mostly time he could have saved with these 3 shortcuts. You, too, can save a lot of time using these shortcuts to avoid endless fiddling.

2019 144

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.

2017 243

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.

Create beautiful numbered lists in PowerPoint

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SmartArt and the new Designer feature in Office 365 are great for simple lists, but numbered lists are another story. Designer has a few options, but you can easily create a couple of templates for beautiful numbered lists and use them over and over.

Use triggers to create interactive presentations

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Audiences today want an interactive experience. As a presenter, you can: Ask them questions. Answer their questions. Organize small group exercises. But you can do more. You can also integrate your audience into the presentation itself.

2018 166

How to animate 3D objects in PowerPoint

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If you have Office 365 (the subscription version) and the Creative edition of Windows 10, you can insert 3D objects into PowerPoint. I explained this feature in an earlier blog post, “ How to Insert 3D in PowerPoint.”

2018 182

4 ways to change a picture in PowerPoint without losing formatting

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The Change Picture feature in PowerPoint is very powerful because it lets you substitute another picture but keep the most of formatting. You might want to change the picture because: You made a mistake and inserted the wrong picture.

2018 161

Circle an object

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A great way to emphasize and draw attention to an object on a slide is to circle it. Of course, the easy way is to insert a circle, and use the Appear or Fade entrance animation. Be sure to format the circle with no fill. I like to use a red outline and give it a weight of at least 2 pt.

2019 135

Create presentation handouts using Notes pages

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I recommend using the Tell ‘n’ Show SM method for your slides. That means putting a slide title on each slide that tells the point and adding an image, diagram, chart, etc. to show the point. You DON’T put everything you say on the slide.

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.

2016 247

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.

2015 268

Slow image animation for a cinematic look

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A common type of animation in videos is a very slow zoom in or out — or a pan — of an image. In this post, I’ll show you how to do this in PowerPoint. First, watch the video. Insert your image. Insert an image that covers your entire slide.

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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.

2015 260

Easily create a menu slide with the Zoom feature

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There’s an important reason that you should consider creating a menu slide, which is a slide that links to other parts of your presentation (and maybe outside resources as well). You could also call it an agenda slide. (In

2017 169

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.

2017 176

Create a soft look with semi-transparent images in PowerPoint

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You can’t make an image itself transparent in PowerPoint, but there’s a workaround. Why would you want to make an image transparent? For a soft look. To overlap images. To let text show through. You might have other reasons — if so leave a comment! It’s a matter of choice.

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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.”

2016 200

Do you tell, teach, or train?

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What’s the difference between telling, teaching, and training? And which should you be doing? They really ARE different — although related — and which one you should do depends on your goals, your audience, and your situation.

2018 152

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.”

2016 198

Office Clip Art gallery is going away

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According to the Microsoft Office blog , the Office Clip Art gallery is going away. I’m very upset by this, because I use its photos daily.

2015 253

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.

2017 174

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.

2016 207

Free PowerPoint alternatives – Canva

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This is a guest blog post by Kavita Paliwal. Kavita is Outreach Specialist of Content writer at Canva. When not glued to her laptop, she can be found making travel plans that rarely happen Connect with Kavita on Twitter and Linkedin.

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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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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.

2017 168

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.

Create a mood or duotone look in PowerPoint

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Color can have a powerful effect on your audience. While you need to be cognizant that colors mean different things in different cultures, you can use color to influence your audience’s mood and feeling about your message.

2018 135

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.

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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Increase understanding and retention with the Tell ‘n’ ShowSM method

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The purpose of your presentation is to create change. Maybe you want your audience to take some action or at least think differently about your topic. A prerequisite is that they understand and remember what you say.

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