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5 Ways to Evaluate A Slide

By Tom Nixon

What are the basic criteria that determine if your slide is working? How can you evaluate a slide or even a presentation to see if it will work and deliver your message cleanly and effectively?

I look for five basic things.

Is there a BIG IDEA? Is there one concept that ties the slide together and fits in with the BIG IDEA that the overall presentation is trying to communicate. There cannot be more than one concept per slide and the audience should be able to get it quickly and without …

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Two Quick Ways to Improve Your Boring Bullet Points PowerPoint – Use Design Ideas or SmartArt Graphics

By Kelly Vandever

You’ve seen it a million times.

A boring list of bullet points.

Is it possible to make a boring list of bullet points look more interesting? Yes!

But I must start by making a plea for the slow method first!
The Slow Way – Create One Slide for Each Point
My “go to” recommendation is don’t include a list of bullet points in your presentation in the first place!

Give each new idea its own slide and add visuals to increase the appearance and make the slide more memorable. See this blog post for more details.

But if you are pressed for …

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How to Get Pictures for Your Slides without Even Leaving PowerPoint: Image Add-Ins

By Kelly Vandever

Back in the olden days of PowerPoint, you could insert images from a Microsoft library of images.  And you were cleared to use the images, as long as it was for non-commercial purposes.

Eventually Microsoft phased out the image library.  But now, it’s back… kind of… with Add-Ins.
What Are Add-Ins
Add-Ins are mini programs or apps by third parties that you can “Add-in” to your version of PowerPoint whether in the copy downloaded to your computer or in Office 365 online.

These add-ins to PowerPoint can do any number of things but for this post, we’re focused on …

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3 Cool Websites to Get Free Images for Your Slides

By Kelly Vandever

In earlier blog posts, I’ve talked about the value of images on slides. It’s more than a tactic to make your slides look pretty. Images actually make presentations more effective in getting your message across and in making your message more memorable.

I’ve shared other sites where you can get free images.

And today, I’m delighted to share three additional sites that are new to me.
Pixabay
Pixabay has a great search engine and you can choose the resolution of the pictures you download. (Of course I always choose the …

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3 New Features that Could Influence You to Consider Upgrading to PowerPoint 2016 (Plus a Bonus!)

By Kelly Vandever

“Kelly, you have to understand… some of my clients are still using PowerPoint 2007!”

In today’s world, it’s hard to know when you should upgrade to the latest version of software. But having ten-year-old software may be the exception. It’s probably time to upgrade.

If you’re thinking of making a smaller jump, say from PowerPoint 2013 to PowerPoint 2016, here are the three features that I think make the biggest difference for presenters when moving from PowerPoint 2013 to 2016.
#1 – Tell Me What You Want to Do
I admit. Even though I train people on how to use PowerPoint, there …

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How to Create a PowerPoint Slide Show with Just a Bunch of Pictures?

Like for a Wedding, a Work Celebration, or High School Graduation? Create a Photo Album!

By Kelly Vandever

Do you want to create a slide show with a ton of pictures for a birthday party, memorial service, team meeting, or special event? Save a ton of time by using the Photo Album feature in PowerPoint!

Watch this Video on How to Quickly Insert a Large Number of Pictures into a PowerPoint Document

… or …

Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions Below

Go to the Insert tab, and click on Photo Album, and select New Photo Album.

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Shoot Your Bullet Points

by Bob Goodyear

Recently I was asked to give a presentation on a topic that I had covered several years ago. I eagerly agreed because I remembered that I had the slide deck for it stored away in a backup. It would be easy to take that deck, update the information with current trends, and give the presentation with a minimal amount of work.

I found the backup and immediately downloaded the deck. Upon opening the file, I was shocked to see what I had done. The slide deck had 34 total slides …

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A Few Useful Photography Tips

by Tom Nixon

When creating an effective visual presentation (a.k.a. PowerPoint) it is extremely helpful to have sources of good images to draw from. Access to a good stock image house is more than helpful. So is a good set of photography skills. Being able to take reasonably high-quality photos of coworkers, processes, locations, products and the like is a real ace-in-the-hole when assembling a presentation. And with today’s amazingly advanced cameras, it has never been easier.

A few tips:

Get close. Many part-time photographers can be intimidated by their …

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Zoom – PowerPoint’s Answer to Prezi? Valuable New Tool? You Make the Call!

By Kelly Vandever

So the last time you were hanging out on the Insert tab of PowerPoint 2016, did you happen to look at the Links group? Have you noticed the new comer? Yes, that’s right, there’s a new link available called Zoom! One of the newest features in PowerPoint!

Not to be confused with Zoom when in presentation mode and you zoom in for a closer look at the slide. Or the Zoom In on bottom right status bar. …

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The Glow of the Season

by Tom Nixon

One of my favorite go-to tricks for making text stand out from a complex background is to apply a glow that will separate it from the layer below. It is a fairly straightforward procedure that goes like this:

For text against a busy background:

Select the text, place your cursor in the text as though you were going to edit and then pressControl + A to select all the text.
From the top menu select Format > Text Effects > Glow
The flyout menu shows a variety of standard glow …

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