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Tired of the same old slide templates? Why not create your
own textured slide backgrounds instead? It's easy and fun! Here's how.
This is the tenth in a series of quick video tips for business managers using PowerPoint by guest blogger Bruce Gabrielle, author of Speaking PowerPoint.
With more classes being taught online and in "smart"
classrooms (a classroom containing a computer and audiovisual equipment), instructors
are using PowerPoint to teach students. In an abstract study across two
campuses of students enrolled in psychology classes, researchers noted, "... students generally
believed that the use of PowerPoint facilitated their learning." (Apperson,
Laws, Scepansky, 2006). Employing PowerPoint helped students to relate more
favorably to the professor and the class, and they were more interested in the
material being taught.
This is the fifth in a series of occasional posts by guest expert
Mike Parkinson on using PowerPoint in different industries and for
diverse audiences. Mike is an internationally recognized visual
communication expert, multi-published author, and partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier proposal and presentation graphics firm. Take a look at his other posts: 2 steps to change the world with PowerPoint, 3 tips for making powerful presentations to the government, 3 presentation secrets for nonprofits, and How my slide presentation won me over a million dollars.
As an owner of a small graphic design firm, I occasionally take sales meetings. A few years ago, I visited a potential client who worked for a well-known company. We chatted about her challenges and goals. We then discussed what my company did and how our graphic services might help overcome her challenges and achieve her goals. She seemed unmoved.
Finally I said, "I can prove it." Words alone didn't convince her. Having a graphic medium like PowerPoint to display and present our work and showcasing discriminators won us a series of jobs that made a $1 million dollar difference to my small business.
This is the fourth in a series of occasional posts by guest expert Mike Parkinson on using PowerPoint in different industries and for diverse audiences. Mike is an internationally recognized visual communication expert, multi-published author, and partner at 24 Hour Company, a premier proposal and presentation graphics firm. Take a look at his other posts: 2 steps to change the world with PowerPoint, 3 tips for making powerful presentations to the government, and 3 presentation secrets for nonprofits.
New to PowerPoint 2010, artistic effects can make your photos look more like sketches, drawings, or paintings. Here's a video that describes how to use them:
Back in the days of the dinosaurs, I spent tons of time on the slide design phase of my PowerPoint presentations. Now, there's nothing wrong with investing in design, but it was taking me too long to design each slide.
The Layout button makes the process much faster. It's on the Home tab in the Slides group. Now I make my slide with the layout I think will work best, and use the Layout button to quickly look at different layouts.
a thought - how would PowerPoint 2010 have enhanced the Wright Brothers' story? Well, for starters, it doesn't require
a telegraph to disseminate the news!
this video, we thought it would be
fun to imagine how The Wright Brothers might have used PowerPoint to chronicle
the first flight. Watch
the video for a chance to win a trip to the
National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC (or one of many weekly
drawings for an Xbox 360 with Kinect). It's just that simple - watch and get a chance to
win.* (Sweepstakes ends 8/17)
PowerPoint Elevator Pitch: Make your presentation look professional without taking forever to design it. See how, in the span of one elevator trip.