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Tuesday, September 19, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

We bring you an amazing post by Kurt Dupont who explains in detail how PowerPoint can be used for digital signage. Ellen Finkelstein talks about the 2017 edition of her awaited Outstanding Presentations Workshop series of webinars. Dave Paradi discusses his new Annoying PowerPoint Survey. And Steve Campion of Toastmasters talks about 7 Steps to Deliver a Powerful Presentation. We also bring you Jigsaw Shapes for PowerPoint. As part of our series on the upcoming Presentation Summit, we feature Carmen Simon and Sheila McGurin.

We look at using Data Labels in PowerPoint charts, Outlines in PowerPoint, and creating outlines in Notepad. For PowerPoint Online users, we explore the Presentation Gallery, and PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users can learn about adding Headers and Footers to slides, and to Notes or Handout pages. Finally, do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates of this week.

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 19, 2017

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

Steve RindsbergSteve Rindsberg is the CEO, COO, CFO of PPTools, where he develops popular add-ins for PowerPoint. There, he presides (he’s the President, too) over a vast staff (himself) and reports to the cats and any of the many foreign students that he and his wife have serially adopted. He began his professional life with a degree in Political Science. Armed with that, and little else, he’s spent his career as a photographer and multi-image slide show producer; doing computer graphics and service bureau work; and for the last ten years writing add-ins for PowerPoint. From developing film to developing software. Some day, perhaps, he’ll find a use for the degree.

In this conversation, Steve talks about the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

Unlike PowerPoint programs that run on your computer devices, PowerPoint Online provides you with an option to rename an open presentation. When you create a new presentation, PowerPoint Online uses a default name such as Presentation 1, Presentation 2, etc. This mimics the desktop experience. But did you know that you can provide a new name to the presentation while you are editing? Additionally, you can also rename within OneDrive, and this is similar to renaming your files in Windows Explorer. We look at both approaches in this tutorial.

Rename Files in PowerPoint Online and OneDrive

Learn to rename PowerPoint presentation files in PowerPoint Online and OneDrive.

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Monday, September 18, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

Joseph GanciJoseph Ganci is from eLearningJoe. eLearningJoe works with organizations worldwide to assist in their quest to improve their productivity and increase their revenue by ensuring their employees learn and retain what they must know to perform at their highest levels. Our award-winning consultancy covers all aspects of eLearning analysis, design, development, and evaluation. We understand technology and are experts in many eLearning development tools, which we also review and evaluate. In fact, we frequently train groups at their places of business in the use of authoring tools, couched in practical approaches to instructional design.

In this conversation, Joseph discusses his upcoming webinar as part of the Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2017 series.

Geetesh:  Joseph, what is the largest takeaway for attendees of your Outstanding Presentations Workshop webinar, How to Ensure that Your eLearning Initiatives are Successful?

Joseph: Most eLearning projects are not very successful. Learners do not find the experience engaging or interesting and they simply aren’t learning much in the process. Unfortunately, those who don’t have a professional background in eLearning don’t know what they don’t know, so they often make assumptions that prove to be wrong. A lot of money and time is wasted in creating eLearning that simply doesn’t do the job of helping employees become more productive. During this session, I will point out the important questions that must be answered along with the steps that should not be skipped. Invest an hour of your time in this presentation and you may find yourself saving a lot of time and money while creating much better eLearning that your learners will love.

Geetesh: You head eLearningJoe, a consulting and training eLearning company. Can you tell us about the work you do at eLearningJoe, and how you help presenters and communicators?

Joseph: I’ve been creating eLearning for 34 years and have had my own practice since 1998. We’ve helped organizations all over the world to know how to communicate better with their employees by both listening and then providing to them the learning experiences they need to become happier, more productive employees. We work with clients at every level, sometimes helping them only with the initial stages while at other times taking on the bulk of the work. We’ve also been hired to critique eLearning projects to help ensure subsequent ones are even better. Finally, I focus especially on the tools of the trade, reviewing and writing about eLearning authoring tools each month for Learning Solutions Magazine.

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Friday, September 15, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

Sheila McGurinSheila McGurin plans and manages the many seminars and conferences hosted by Rick Altman. Since 2003, Sheila has been the one behind the scenes making sure Presentation Summit attendees have the very best conference experience. From city and venue selection to Expo partner coordination to on-site liaison, Sheila makes sure the business of the Summit exceeds expectations and continues to evolve.

Sheila is an East Coast transplant, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and then moving to California to pursue an IT career. She retired from the tech world in 2001 to raise a family and now enjoys a saner work-life balance.

In this conversation, Sheila talks about the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

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Friday, September 15, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Data labels are indications used to quickly identify data series in a chart. There are some essential guidelines that relate to data labels. Data labels are determined from the values you input on the worksheet for the chart. Once you update those values, they get updated automatically on the chart too. You can adjust the positions of the data labels to make them easier to read in the chart. You can also change the font and font size.

Data Labels in PowerPoint Charts

Learn about the Data Labels in PowerPoint charts.

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Friday, September 15, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

When launched, PowerPoint Online typically opens the Presentation Gallery. This Presentation Gallery provides several ways to start your new presentation using a template, a Theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation. These and other choices are explained in this tutorial.

PowerPoint Online Presentation Gallery

Create and edit PowerPoint presentations online with PowerPoint Online.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Haven’t you seen those signage boards everywhere, from restaurants to airports, and from conferences to corporate reception areas? Do you know what makes them run?
Digital Signage Screen with Ads
Image Courtesy: Kurt Dupont
What makes the screens change? What makes the information get updated? And by information, we mean everything from flight timings to menu prices, to video clips and weather conditions!

You could use any of the expensive solutions that will be a struggle to keep abreast of, or even pay expensive renewals all the time. And you will need support all the time! Did we tell you that support is not free, nor it is cheap? Now, there’s a program already installed on your computer, and almost every computer in your organization that can do it all! Yes, that program is PowerPoint.

You can perfectly use Microsoft PowerPoint to create high-quality digital signage presentations for your information displays. PowerPoint is great for displaying clocks, news auto-sourced from RSS feeds, weather forecasts, messages, announcements, advertising and so much more on your high definition TV and other display screens.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

By Steve Campion, Toastmasters International

Picture the scene…you’re trying to listen to the speaker, but their presentation slides are so distracting that your mind wanders. You see people looking at their watches, wondering what’s for lunch, and perhaps slipping gently into a slide-induced coma.

It doesn’t need to be like this. You can use visual aids to bring your message to life and to help you connect with your audience. All it takes is a little preparation and 7 simple steps.

1. The Audience

Think of your talk as a gift to the audience. I wouldn’t buy the same gift for my nephew as I would for my eccentric aunt, so why would I assume that each audience will be the same? Think about the reason you’re being asked to present, the size of the audience and what they may already know about the topic. Nothing induces boredom more than explaining something that someone already knows, or causes more confusion that assuming they know all the acronyms and jargon that you’re using. The most useful approach is to build a “persona” to help you think about people in the audience, or more than one if it’s a diverse group. Give your persona a name and think about what they’re like, why they’re here, their hopes and fears and how you might solve their problem.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

Unlike slides which are primarily presented through a display device such as a monitor, TV screen or projector, the Notes and Handout pages in PowerPoint are essentially intended for printing. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can add Headers and Footers to make your printed Notes and Handout pages more professional-looking and useful.

Add Headers and Footers to Notes and Handout Pages in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn to add Headers and Footers to Notes and Handout pages in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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