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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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3 Questions to Ask to Get to Know Your Audience

By Bob Goodyear

I’ve presented to several groups over the last few months about how to create a great presentation. One of the first things I mention is the need to “know your audience.” I even wrote a blog post about this earlier. In my conversations with these groups though, I’ve heard that they know this but what they want to understand is WHAT they need to know about the audience. They want some specific questions that they can answer. Today I’ll share three of the questions that I …

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Transitions — a great place to start rebuilding your slides

By Tom Nixon

Imagine the typical slide deck with 20 or 50 or 70 text-filled slides. Some of them bullets, some just chock-full of text, maybe a few PowerPoint generated charts and graphs — all displayed on the same bland, mind-numbing template. Where do you begin the process of rebuilding? How do you start opening up the presentation, making it more engaging, viewer-friendly and less boring?

One way to reboot this snooze-fest is to add some interest with transition slides. Transition slides signal you are moving from one subject area to the next. …

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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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A Lesson on Presentation from the Beatles

By Bob Goodyear

Last month my wife and I took a 24-hour trip to Las Vegas. We went just to see the Cirque du Soleil show called The Beatles LOVE. It’s a show that we both really enjoy. As a matter of fact, this was my fourth time in 10 years to see it.

While the acts in the show have changed over the years, the one constant theme is the Beatles’ music. This time while watching the show, I noticed something about the music that I had not paid …

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Need/Don’t Need: 5 Categories of information for PowerPoint presentations

By Tom Nixon

Try using these 5 categories of information to label and use content in your slides. Consider going through your script, your outline, your content and categorize them from 1 to 5. These labels describe how a particular piece of information relates to the needs of the audience not how it fits into your content or to your understanding of the subject.

Your BIG IDEA. This is the theme of your presentation. The one central concept that all portions of your slides, handouts and talk must relate to.
MUST DELIVERS. These …

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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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It’s You or The PowerPoint

By Tom Nixon

Recently I got the chance to see a video of Elaine, the vice-president of the company I was beginning to work with, present to a room of prospective clients. Slide after slide went by, each filled with 5-10 bullets. Elaine read the full text on every one to her audience. I am sure those possible clients sitting in that room were neither impressed with Elaine nor with her message about her company.

Too much (bad) PowerPoint — not enough Elaine.

It is easy to create a mediocre presentation in PowerPoint. Simply take …

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Don’t Let Your Slides Tie You Down

by Tom Nixon
Long ago I would start my PowerPoint presentations standing next to the screen so that the audience could see both my slides and me.
A trusted coach suggested that was the weakest spot I could stand in – in the shadows, back and to the side, away from my audience. This is where I would begin my presentations! Not good.
Presenters often have great difficulty avoiding the beam of light from their projectors. The projection device is often on a table or hanging from a low ceiling in a conference room or …

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