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Need to Show a Website While You Present? Two Quick Tricks Using PowerPoint

By Kelly Vandever

Recently I watched a conference presenter who used Google docs slides as part of a presentation. In addition to his Google slides, he went to the live websites (rather than using a screen shot of the website) because the live sites better illustrated the points he was making.

When he came to the point in his presentations where he wanted to show a website, he stopped, look across a dozen or so open tabs, found the one he wanted, clicked on it, then resumed his discussion.

It’s wasn’t a huge deal though it did interrupt the flow of …

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Einstein forgets his keys

by Tom Nixon

I cannot imagine that Albert never misplaced his keys. Or walked into a room and couldn’t remember why he was there. What hope do the rest of us mortals have?

There are two ideas worth noting in this slide: 1) Using quotes is a great way to make a point while leveraging someone else’s expertise and 2) Images can add a point of humor to your presentation without the need for you to actually tell a joke.

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Use Powerful Graphics

by Tom Nixon

There are of course millions of cheap, junkie, childish graphics and images available from many sources all over the Internet. They give your audience the subliminal message that you have a cheap, junkie and childish presentation. It is worth the time, effort and money to seek out and use powerful, clear images. It sends an instant message that you are a pro and you know your stuff.

This slide uses one of my favorite techniques of adding a short general headline to a …

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Want to Broadcast a Presentation for Free Online? You Can! With PowerPoint of All Things!

By Kelly Vandever

 

Say you want to present to a colleague in another state. You’d like to share some information or explain a new process and a simple phone call isn’t going to suffice. You need some visual aids to go along with what you’re saying.

Did you know you can use PowerPoint to help yourself out? And it’s free!

Here’s how it works.
Prepare Your PowerPoint Slides
Prepare your presentation slides just like you normally would. You can even include animations, videos or audio files.

 
Optimize Your Media
If you do have media files, be sure to optimize your media first.

Go to File/Info/Optimize Media …

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Simplify Your Slides

by Tom Nixon

We’ve all sat through the endless presentation when a speaker will read full sentences direct from his visuals. An effective way to avoid inflicting this horror on your audience is to reduce your concepts to keywords or a symbol. Then you, as the speaker/expert, can enumerate whatever details are appropriate at the time from the podium.

A cautionary note: a technical audience may not appreciate oversimplification or “dumbing-down.” If details are critical consider putting them in a handout that they can take …

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Connecting Your Computer to a Projector

by Kelly Vandever

I arrived at the venue at 7 AM, hoping and praying that the employee who was scheduled to let me in would arrive before her scheduled 7:15 start time.

I hate cutting it so close.  The workshop was supposed to begin at 8 AM.

She pulled into the parking lot at 7:13.  I greeted her with genuine warmth and followed her into the building.

Once in the training room, I whipped out my MacBook computer, fired it up, plugged in …

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Updated List – Fonts in PowerPoint – Across Mac & Windows Versions of PowerPoint

by Kelly Vandever

PowerPoint Geek Kelly Vandever Rescues a Shark!
I once came to the rescue of Kevin Harrington, the famous entrepreneur who was in the first couple of seasons of Shark Tank.  He was set to speak at an event and his PC didn’t want to play nice with the venue’s projector.  Working with his assistant and tech support at the facility, we tested my MacBook and it did work with the projector.  So Kevin’s assistant quickly saved his …

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5 Things to Be Grateful for Related to Business Presentations

by Kelly Vandever

1.  Great Presenters – There’s nothing quite like that new car smell… and there’s nothing quite like a presenter who presents well.  The presenter shares content of value with their audience in a way that they not only follow but find meaningful.  OMG that’s the best feeling!

2.  Visual Slides – More and more business presenters are realizing the benefits of slides with visuals rather than riddled with bullet points.  Visual slides put the speaker more at ease – because they’re not reading their slides and …

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Common Practice Does NOT Equal Best Practice! Three Common Practices to Avoid the Next Time You Present

by Kelly Vandever

Jay was young – in fact, he was an intern…he hadn’t even finished college yet. This may have been his very first “business presentation.” But he said what I often hear clients and business presenters say: “My topic is boring. No one cares about this.”

I begged to differ. With Jay and with anyone else out there who has said the same thing, you’re wrong! You and your topic can be engaging!

If you have passion for your subject and if …

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Location for Free, Royalty-Free Pictures Has Changed! SXC.hu Is Now FreeImages.com

by Kelly Vandever

I’ve mentioned a great location for free, royalty-free pictures in one of my most popular posts.  Recently I discovered that the “name” of the website has changed.

Since Getty Images bought out iStockphoto.com, and iStockphoto had owned sxc.hu,  I guess the new owners decided to rename the site FreeImages.com.

Everything appears to have remained the same, including the terms of use.  But from now on, …

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