How To Run PowerPoint Presentations Online


Every PowerPoint feature is supported (animations, transitions, etc), It allows your guests to follow your presentation from any internet location, just sharing a URL. Share your presentation URL. Share this URL with your audience so they can connect to the slideshow.

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Sacred Cow #10: Web Site Addresses Are Helpful

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

When use of the Web became popular, URLs started invading slide decks. The problem with putting URLs in your slides is that though the intent may be noble, the end result is the opposite of what was intended. On the second slide, we have a list of URLs. Leave the URLs and links out of your slides. Tags: Presenting Slide Design handouts links sacred cow urls PowerPoint’s been around longer than the World Wide Web easily by a country mile.

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New RSS feed! This one will no longer be updated

PowerPoint Tips

But the RSS feed's URL is different. I have a new blog (using WordPress) which will let people add comments. I think it's a great improvement and I hope you'll think so, too. Please go to [link] and click on the RSS button (the label says "Posts") to continue to get the tips. While you're there, look around and click the Leave a Comment link below any post to let me know what you think! Thanks

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Put a YouTube video in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

From the URL text box, copy the URL to the clipboard. Paste the YouTube URL that you copied. In the URL, delete the text watch? In the URL, replace the = (equal) sign with a / (forward slash). You’ll end up with a URL that looks like [link]. You can embed a YouTube video into a PowerPoint presentation. For example, your company may have videos on YouTube that you would like to show.

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Add a QR code to your presentation

PowerPoint Tips

The code contains a link, usually to a URL. Then you use a QR reader app on a smart phone, which scans the QR code and displays the URL as a link, so you can visit the page. Do you put your website’s URL on your first and last slides? You may have a few options but basically you enter the URL and download the image. Then, the URL that was set up appears on the screen. By now, you’ve probably seen QR codes in many places. You may even have used them.

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Digital - Shifting Traffic Patterns

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There, our blog URL is converted to a LinkedIn one. On Twitter, our blog URL isn't converted. There are those of us bloggers who repurpose our posts on LinkedIn Update. There is where the action, that is the heavy traffic, is happening right now.    Of course, we still need our blogging platform to post the original content. But, if we want a shot at lots of page views, we will create a catchy headline, line up a photo, and put the link on LinkedIn Update.

How to store your presentation in the cloud–for embedding, collaboration, or marketing

PowerPoint Tips

Tip: To share a large file that’s too big to e-mail, upload it to SkyDrive, get the URL and e-mail it to the recipient. That person can then click the URL to download the file. You can share your presentation in 2 ways: Give people the URL so they can see the presentation online. You’ll see the presentation open in your browser and its URL in your browsers address window. Copy that URL and send it to people via e-mail.

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Citing a Blog Post

The Communication Blog

Retrieved from Blog URL. A number of people—most recently a student from Malaysia—have asked how to cite a blog post. Generally, I think this should do it: For APA style: Last name of author, first initial. Date of publication—year, month, day). Title of blog post. Web log post]. So, if you were citing a recent post from my own blog, it would look like this: DeVito, J. 2013 April 30). Interviewing exercise. Web log post]. Retrieved from htpp://

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Textbook Changes

The Communication Blog

Third party URLs are being deleted because of their unreliability. Although this system requires extra clicks for those using a digital edition, the lack of permanence seems to have been the deciding factor in eliminating all URLs except those of the publisher. When citing a website article as a source, the organization, college, or agency rather than the URL is given.

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Flash in PowerPoint–a webinar

PowerPoint Tips

The URL to register is PowerPoint MVP Geetesh Bajaj, owner of, is offering a free webinar called “ Flash in PowerPoint.&# The webinar will be held on Thursday, November 18th at 8am PT/11 am ET, so it’s coming right up! Flash is Adobe’s animation software (although Flash actually does a lot more than just animation). Geetesh’s webinar will explain the benefits of adding Flash content to your PowerPoint slides.

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Independent Content-Providers - Having Your Own Social Media Sites Gives You Edge

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The smart money is now asking us, when we apply for assignments with them, for the URLs of our social media sites. Increasingly, there is an expectation that the job entails increasing the exposure of what we write for their sites by repurposing them on our own. So, if you haven't set yourself up on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, your own blogs, and more, you could probably be at a competitive disadvantage.

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Join the Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint!

PowerPoint Tips

You can give the presenter the URL for the white paper any way you want. The URL is My new Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint aims to improve presentations skills and reduce the suffering of audiences. Instead of waiting for presenters to wake up and read the good advice of presentation experts, I want to harness the audience. The campaign lets the audience fight back—and help presenters.

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Share presentations online to create instant meetings

PowerPoint Tips

You get a URL to give to attendees. You get a URL to give to meeting attendees and then start presenting. Then click Create New Meeting and you’ll get a URL to put in your invitation. Online meetings are more and more common these days. They save the cost and time of travel. You can set them up without much notice, compared to the hassle of arranging travel for people in far-flung locations to come together. You can use these meetings to sell, discuss, and collaborate.

Speaking Pro Central

DeFinis Communications

The URL is [link] , and can also be located in my blog roll on the left side of this page. I’m proud to announce that DeFinis Communications is now included in the blog hub, Speaking Pro Central. SPC is a community of top public speaking experts who represent the best information on the web pertaining to the business of speaking. There are hundreds of participants who provide tips, discussion and resources to help you improve your communication skills.

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Managing Your Image Library

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Source URL. That last field is a calculated field, meaning it takes the license, credit, and URL fields and creates a string of text for attribution that you can use in your slides when attribution is required. As we design more and more slide decks, we inevitably create or consume an ever greater number of images, whether they’re photographs, icons, or whatever. The problem is, however, it becomes a problem keeping track of them all on your hard drive.

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Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

PowerPoint Tips

Get the URL to give to people. 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. You upload the final result to the Mix website and share it with anyone you want, such as your students.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Rather, the attendees use the browser on their smart phone or tablet, enter your unique URL, and then interact with you, sharing input (questions, comments, or ideas) and even voting on other audience members’ input. Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A.

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5 principles for easier and faster slide creation

PowerPoint Tips

For a sales webinar, don’t use a URL until you’re at the point of making your offer and then — of course — use only the URL of the sales page. 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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All new articles will only be on my website starting April 1, 2014

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you subscribe to this blog via RSS, here is the new URL to subscribe to so you continue to get updated information on how to create effective PowerPoint presentations: [link] I do not plan to maintain this site in the future, so some of the links may end up being broken over time. As of April 1, 2014, all new articles and information will only be located on my website at and items will not also be posted here.

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New webinar coming up; previous one available as a recording

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s the URL: [link]. The next webinar is Slide Design for Non-Designers. I love this topic, because it’s close to my heart—I’m definitely not a designer. Yet I can create stunning slides (or so people tell me). My story is that my slides used to look awful. After some painful feedback, I read books and studied slides that I thought looked great, noting the techniques and layouts they used.

New Tools for Your Presentation Toolbox

Professionally Speaking...

You then provide the audience with a short URL that they type into their web browser or a QR code that can be scanned by smartphones. Just like a carpenter has a box of tools, each appropriate for a certain job, we speakers have access to a presentation tool kit filled with things that can help us to better communicate our message and engage our audiences. Some of these tools are techniques we draw on like eye contact, body language, stories and voice inflection.

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Why you need to get your presentations on the Internet–and how

PowerPoint Tips

You can then display them in a browser and give people the URL. You can just upload the presentation to a web server and give people the URL so they can download the presentation file. Get your presentation on the Web? Why and how? I’ve come up with 4 reasons to put your presentations on the Internet and 6 ways to do it. Read to the end to find out how you can get more details! Why #1–as a handout for your audience at a live presentation.

Create a video zoom effect from photos in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

I inserted this URL into the page hoping that the video would embed, but can only get the URL to appear. You’ve probably seen videos which are just a series of photos that zoom in or perhaps move a little. You can create this in MovieMaker or a similar low-end video editor but you can also do it in PowerPoint. It isn’t difficult at all, since you’ll cycle among only a couple of animation and transition effects. You can then output it as a video.

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Improve YouTube Video Quality

More than PowerPoint...

Here's what you can do, in one easy step: Type &fmt=18 after the video's URL. I wrote about improving YouTube video quality with an easy hack over two months ago. I can't believe this easy trick still works, but it does! Want a better video experience at YouTube? That's it! That's all there is to it! You can visit the above link to see all the particulars and's s been a popular post!

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A great resource for presenters–

PowerPoint Tips

Rather than type in the answers repeatedly, I set up and would type in the URL that contained the answer users were looking for. I want to share with you a great resource for presenters– This site is run by a great friend of mine, Geetesh Bajaj, and includes a vast amount of information on PowerPoint, presentation tools, and more. It also offers a huge number of backgrounds, both for free and for purchase. Recently, I interviewed Geetesh about his site.

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

PowerPoint Tips

Zoom and GoToMeeting/Webinar both provide a URL that people use to log in. 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.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Rather, the attendees use the browser on their smart phone or tablet, enter your unique URL, and then interact with you, sharing input (questions, comments, or ideas) and even voting on other audience members’ input. Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A.

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Those Low-Priced Subscription Services - My Experience with Office Depot

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yes, I had gone to Control Panel and deleted all the URLs. In Boardman, Ohio, I had purchased the HP laptop at the Office Depot/Office Max.    Soon enough I had to check if the internal mic was operating okay. I was ready to begin podcasting. The jolly tech expert in the store recommended I purchased a tech subscription service.    The price was right: $15 a month. The terms and conditions were, well, wonderful. There was no one-year contract.

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New survey: How people are using Twitter at conferences

Speaking about Presenting

Only 41 people responded to the survey (the url for the survey was circulated using twitter and the conference hashtag). Some academics have written a paper about tweeting at conferences (thank you @tonyramos for tweeting about it). I’m more impressed that somebody would write such a paper, than by the paper itself. The paper reports on a survey of tweeters at five different conferences. The methodology of the survey seems a little light.

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Facebook = Platform for Baby Boomer Mourning

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

My tweet, with the URL link from a blog post , mused on how I used to hang out in their house. Baby Boomer Tom Cordaro, a lawyer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is dead.   His family, friends of the family and the gang from college days have been busy during the past 24 hours mourning him on Facebook.  Yes, Facebook, which no longer belongs to teens ( Here is TECH CRUNCH's report on how we have taken over this medium.).

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Alltop: All the top Speaking news

DeFinis Communications

And you can create an account and receive a custom URL to direct others to your page as well. Two weeks ago, I shared an amazing public speaking blog collective called, Speaking Pro Central. I’d like to follow that up with another spectacular resource called Alltop. Founded by Guy Kawasaki and debuted in 2008 at SXSW , Alltop is an “online magazine rack” of your favorite websites and blogs. There are over 32,000 information sources covering any topic you can imagine.

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5 Ways To Integrate Twitter Into Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

5 Ways to Use Twitter During a Presentation Quote URL - A Twitter Tool to Quote, Save and Publish Tweets Change the Context to Use Twitter Most Effectively. In a previous post, I explored common concerns about Twitter usage in presentations and concluded that Twitter offers many benefits in terms of audience involvement and engagement. However, seeing the benefits of using Twitter and being able to incorporate it effectively into your presentation are two very different things.

Would you hire this handyman?

Speak Schmeak

My recent pet peeve: the billboard or newspaper ad that has a Facebook logo -- indicating the business is on Facebook -- but no Facebook URL. Would you hire this handyman? This is my slightly-too-artful re-creation of a sign on a truck I drove by on Tuesday. I have to say, it was really hard to make my lettering look as bad as his, and it doesn't. In addition to the haphazard application, some letters were peeling off and barely adhering to the car.

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Personal Blogs: Everything changes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  More and more prospects for assigning us work and employers who could hire us want to know if we have a blog and what is the URL.  Like being on LinkedIn and Facebook, a personal blog is, more or less, a must.    Since blogging is a mature medium and the web pulsates with content, the challenge is to come up with ideas which give search and discovery engines incentive to connect with us and readers coming back.    We can't settle into a routine. 

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Blog as Online Portfolio

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Instead they go straight to search engines or ask the URLs for our blogs. Sure, prospective employers and organizations hiring us for contract assignments still request samples.   But, you might have noticed that more and more often they don't.  Yes, our blogs have transmuted into our online portfolios. And we can multiple their impact exponentially by linking the content of each post to a Tweet.

Public Speaking: Attract New Clients with a Blog

Great Public Speaking

Using your preferred domain registrar, confirm that the blog name is available as a domain URL. * Map your registered blog name URL over the URL your blog provider created when you set up your blog. You don't want "typepad" or "blogspot" in your domain URL. Is your public speaking blog working for your business? If not, maybe it’s time to conduct an evaluation to determine why it is not attracting new clients.

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It’s Back! Best Website Contest

Speaker Launcher

To nominate a website, simply post a comment below with the URL. It’s that time again! The best website contest has become one of our most popular blog features. We’re looking for websites that have all of the key marketing components. Here’s our list: Clear promise: We can tell within 15 seconds how you are going to help your prospects. Interesting brand: Does your brand or language pull us in? Is it sticky? memorable). Simplified: Is your website easy to navigate?

QR Codes in Times of COVID


By embedding an URL in a QR Code, you can show your participants a QR Code during the live presentation and let them take any desired action. QR codes have been around even before major internet platforms were even born.

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Would you hire this handyman?

Speak Schmeak

My recent pet peeve: the billboard or newspaper ad that has a Facebook logo -- indicating the business is on Facebook -- but no Facebook URL. Would you hire this handyman? This is my slightly-too-artful re-creation of a sign on a truck I drove by on Tuesday. I have to say, it was really hard to make my lettering look as bad as his, and it doesn't. In addition to the haphazard application, some letters were peeling off and barely adhering to the car.

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Review of PowerPoint 2013–the beta of the next version of PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

Note that even Creative Commons images require attribution, so click the provided URL at the lower-left corner to see the source.) Everyone can now see what the next version of PowerPoint– Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 – will look like. There may be some minor changes and they may be holding back some goodies, but what you see now is a very good idea of what you’ll see later, in my opinion. You can download the beta here.

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tuesday’s child perform charity gig

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Website URL: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Person: Craig Strachan. Company Name: The John Whiffen Golden City Memorial Trust. Phone Number: 082 789 3899. FAX Number: 021 788 3884. Email Address: Lois and Craig Strachan from the popular Cape Town band tuesday’s child will be performing a selection of cover and original music to raise funds to assist physically and mentally disabled people. Cape Town, 23 March, 2009.

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[Podcast] Tapping the Education Market with Josh Shipp

Speaker Launcher

47:23 What is a platform URL? The education market is different from other speaking markets. Few people have a better handle on what it takes to make in the youth market than Josh Shipp. Josh is a youth speaker, TV host, best-selling author, and frequent media guest. Josh has some great, strategy-rich advice for making it not just in the education […]. The post [Podcast] Tapping the Education Market with Josh Shipp appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

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Ghostwriters: When our blogs become our online portfolios

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In addition, some only want the URLs for our blogs and that's that. It had been standard procedure that a prospect for our ghostwriting services requested a resume and samples of actual work we had done for clients.  In the past 18 months there has been a shift.   More prospects are contacting us because they have read one of our blogs posts.  They need no further background briefing.

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