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Translating PowerPoint Slides: How to Choose Fonts in PowerPoint that Are Used in Both the Apple / Mac Version of PowerPoint and the PC / Windows Versions of Office 2007 / Office 2010

During a training class last week while using a PC laptop, I mentioned in passing that my other computer was a Mac.  (OK, truth be told, I was having some technical issues and I said that I wasn’t used to using a PC – that I normally use a Mac.  But honestly, I wasn’t being snooty when I said it!)

After the session, one of the attendees asked me how I dealt with “translation” issues between slides created in the Mac version of PowerPoint versus …

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Listening to Your Gut – Improving Your Presentation Through Common Sense AND Science!

I’m embarrassed to admit this…  I once hired someone without interviewing her.

So here’s the situation.

I was young.  It was my first duty station in the Navy.  We needed to replace a civilian employee who’d left the department.  We had to hire from the “stopper list” – formally called the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.  As I understood it, the people on the list had been let go as part of a Department of Defense reduction in force and they had the right to …

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Declare Your Independence! Ditch the Default!

The first time I heard the word “default” used in the world of technology, I wasn’t sure what the person meant. I hadn’t been in IT long and everyone else seemed to know what the guy was talking about but me. I was embarrassed to ask but eventually I figured out from the context that the “default” was the way a computer program comes up as originally programmed. The program can be changed, but it takes action on the part of the person using the program …

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From Lame to Fame Presentations – Don’t Blame the Audience for Your Lack of Communication

You’ve seen slides of this ilk before.

The title on the slide said something like the 3 Most Important Points to Remember about XYZ.

That was followed by

1.  Here’s the First Point

2.  Here’s the Second Point

 

Then instead of the Third Point, the speaker had a cartoon pasted at the bottom of the slide.

 

It was a cleaver cartoon and the caption along the bottom made the speaker’s third point with brilliance and humor.

 

But here was the problem.

 

The cartoon was at the bottom of the slide.  The caption …

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Even Microsoft Is Getting on Board: No More Default PowerPoint!

Many of you know that I’m an Apple convert.  But I have to give props to Microsoft.

 

Today in Ellen Finkelstein’s newsletter she shared a link to her website where she talks about a series of 15-minute webinars that Microsoft has started.  Thanks Ellen for sharing!!

 

I watched the first of the series called Working with photos in PowerPoint.  About 8:30 into the webinar, the presenter actually recommends making the photograph bigger and even expanding it outside of the …

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Breaking the Business Presentation Rules for Better Presentations

I never had a nick name as a kid.  But if I did, it could easily have been “goody two shoes.”

 

I was by nature a rule follower.  My mom used to joke that she could threaten to spank me and I’d be good for 3 months!

 

So I empathize with you if you’re that business professional who is thinking, “Gosh, Kelly.  I don’t know that I want to be the first to step away from the ‘normal’ way of doing business presentations.”

 

Sure, it’s easier to …

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Kelly Vandever’s Favorite Presentation Related Videos on YouTube

They Said It So Well
It’s a love-hate relationship for me really.

I love it when someone puts into context an important point about presentations.

I hate it that I didn’t think of it first!

 

Here are some of my favorite presentation related videos.  I hope you laugh and learn from these talented others!

 
Busting the Mehrabian Myth
by Creativity Works

 
Life After Death by PowerPoint
by Don McMillan

 
Presentation Skills Coaching funny
by Oratium

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Top 10 Blog Post – Speaking Practically – Improving Presentations

In keeping with the theme of the end of year lists, below are the Top 10 Speaking Practically Blog Posts based on the number of views.  I hope you enjoy the recap and will explore any interesting posts you may have missed!  Thanks for clicking!

 

 

 

#1 Most Viewed Post – 5 Golden Rules of Speaking to Promote Your Business, …

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Evaluate Your Conference Presentation Effectiveness – Part 2 – More Content Evaluation

 

One of Mom's Surprises from Years Gone By

 

 

My mother passed away in 1999.  I still miss her.

 

The day of her funeral, after the service at the funeral home and after the interment at the cemetery, the extended family gathered to spend time together.

 

One thing that surprised me about that day was not the amount of tears… there were a lot of tears as I expected.  What surprised me was how much laughter there was.  After the services, as the family gathered together, we …

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Disaster Preparedness … For Your Presentation – Part 1 – LCD Projectors

 

It looks so innocent doesn't it? When it works, a projector is a great thing. But when it doesn't, disaster awaits! UNLESS you're prepared!

Do you ever have thoughts run through your head and worry that you just jinxed yourself?

I did.

I thought, “Gee, I’m glad I’ve never had a malfunction in showing my presentation slides.”  I knew immediately, that I’d just jinxed myself.

The very next time I presented, sure enough, I had a problem with my projector.

Turns out …

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