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Top 10 Blog Articles of 2016!


As is our tradition, it’s that time of year when we share the most popular blog posts of the year.  As luck – or Google juice – would have it, all but one of the most popular posts were actually posted before 2016.

Review the list and see if there’s any important articles you may have missed!


#1 – Need to Show a Website While You Present?  Two Quick Tips Using PowerPoint!

By Kelly Vandever

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 the presentation. But the audience appeared understanding and waited while the speaker went back and forth between the tabs and his presentation.

It just got me thinking…this would be a perfect use of PowerPoint’s Web Viewer App.

Click here to find out what PowerPoint’s Web Viewer App is and one more tip about presenting a website using PowerPoint!




#2 – What If You Don’t Like the Default Size 16:9 in PowerPoint 2016?

By Kelly Vandever

Currently, when opening a new slide in PowerPoint 2013, it will open by default to a larger sized slide.  Instead of the traditional 4:3 dimensions most people are used to, it opens as 16:9 by default.

There isn’t a way to change any settings or option if you prefer to stick with the 4:3 dimensions, but here’s a work around.

Click here to see the work around!



#3 – 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 slides to a thumb drive and I loaded them on my MacBook.  From there, we quickly worked to fix the ensuing wrapping problems that came from the font’s incompatibilities when moving from PowerPoint for the PC to PowerPoint on the Mac.

For those of you who straddle the Mac and PC Worlds, the best way to save frantic, last-minute font adjusting like we did for the Shark is to use fonts that are found both on the PC and on the Mac.

Click here to see the fonts and for one more caution about embedded fonts.



#4 – 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.

Click here to read the favorite joke Kelly can’t use any more because of the name change! 



#5 – Public Speaking Training Online?  What Good Can Come from Practicing a Presentation Online?

By Kelly Vandever

I was talking recently to a college professor who is teaching public speaking in a “blended” learning environment.  I didn’t get the impression that it was his idea but portions of the class were conducted online rather than in a traditional classroom.

I must have involuntarily made a face because he said, “I know, it seems a little strange.  A public speaking class – online.  But one thing I notice is that the students who had to record their speeches online…

Want to read what he said? Click here!  



#6 – Webinar Polling – It’s Not Just for Pretending that You’re Interacting with the Audience Anymore!

By Kelly Vandever

Some of you youngsters reading this may not remember the days before online.  But for us old folks, I remember attending my first WebEx event.  The instructor had us take a cheesy poll, I forget about what.  Except back then, it was such a “gee whiz” thing – to be listening on a conference call line and seeing the same screen as people across the country – that we didn’t mind the cheesy poll.

The technology and the vendors have expanded since I was first exposed to WebEx.  Yet many of the well-meaning folks holding the webinars haven’t figured out what to do with the polling feature.  So rather than falling prey to the cheesy polls, here are some thoughts on how to meaningfully use polling the next time you do a webinar.

Click here to see what to do instead of cheesy polls!



#7 – Liven Up Your Next Webinar!

By Kelly Vandever

I shared with you ideas for improving your next webinar.  Let’s pick up with more suggestions on adding audience interaction.

Use “Hand Raise” to Poll the Audience 

As you go through your content, are there places where it would be helpful to know who cares about the topics?  Consider asking people to use the “raise hand” feature to indicate their interest.

For example…

Click here for the example and to read the rest of the tips…



#8 – 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

Click here to see how to optimize your media and present online for FREE with PowerPoint!



#9 – Making Ideas Easy to Grasp:  Using Analogies to Make Complex Ideas Easier to Understand

By Kelly Vandever

“You know what it’s like don’t you?  It’s like what you do when you enter a contest. What did you do last week, when we were at the motorcycle show and you filled out that form to win that drawing for a new Harley?”

“I crumple up the ticket.”

“Why do you crumple up the ticket?”

“To make it easier to grasp when the person pulling the ticket reaches in to grasp the ticket.” (This didn’t work by the way with the Harley drawing – but it has worked in other ticket drawings I’ve entered).

“That’s what you’re trying to do with your analogies. Making them easier to grasp.”

The Value of Analogies

Rich is the king of analogies. They’ve come in handy in his job as an attorney.

They also come in handy with anyone who is trying to explain a hard to understand concept to others who don’t share their expertise.
Analogies take an unfamiliar idea and frame it using a concept that is likely familiar to the listener. Because the comparison item is familiar, it gives the listener something they can understand to better relate to a new idea.

But What If You Aren’t Good with Analogies…

If analogies don’t come easily for, click here for tips on how to create them! 



#10 – How to Tell a Darn Good Story

By Natalie Gallagher

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, on a dark and stormy night, people used to sit around the fire at night and tell each other stories. In fact, we were storytellers long before we had even developed a written language; stories connected us, taught valuable lessons, and created a shared history.

Storytelling continues to be integral to who we are, and mastering telling a great story is a great way to connect with any audience.

But how do we craft a great story? And what delineates a great story from a not-so-great story? After all, we’ve probably all had the experience of hearing or reading a story that just didn’t work.

After spending several years teaching Narrative Design, the art of storytelling, to animators and artists, I’ve learned there are three crucial components that all great stories share. Making sure the story you are going to use in your next presentation contains these elements will make your story stronger, and create a deeper connection with the audience you are presenting the story to.

A Great Story Must Have a Purpose

Read more about telling a darn good story by clicking here!