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PowerPoint and Presenting News: October 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 10:30 AM IST

After quite a while, we are bringing to you one of our most detailed and easy-to-use graphic effects -- the effect of Hole in the Paper! We then feature Mike Parkinson, who discuss his recently concluded webinar.

We continue our tutorial series about the Info pane of Backstage view in PowerPoint 2013 -- in this series we explore "Marking as Final", password protection and digital certificates. Finally, don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!

Read Indezine's PowerPoint and Presenting News.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

The Quick Access Toolbar, or QAT is the only toolbar available for customization in PowerPoint -- here you can place your most used commands so that they are accessible to you with just a single click. There are two ways in which you can add your favorite commands to the QAT. The easier way is to right-click any button on the Ribbon tabs and choose the Add to Quick Access Toolbar option.

Learn how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016.

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Monday, October 12, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

Matt GambinoMatt Gambino helps people make presentations that grow business. Early in his career in EdTech software sales, Matt faced a challenge that is shared by countless salespeople today: how to cut to the chase and present complex technical offerings clearly—without all the jargon—so that people get it, see the value, and want to buy. Through his unique blend of practical experience as a sales and marketing leader, college educator, and product champion—it is true, he once held the title of “champion!”—Matt has cracked the code for making presentations that inform, inspire, and best of all—sell.

In this conversation, Matt discusses his upcoming webinar tomorrow, which he will present as part of the Outstanding Presentations 2015 series.

Geetesh: Tell us more about what you do -- and also about how can audience attention be retained while presenting?

Matt: It is a common tendency to deliver presentations—especially technical presentations—in a sequential manner. Unfortunately, audiences have far exceeded their tolerance level to this tired and traditional approach. In the course of my work, I teach presenters how to share problem-solving, aspiration-building VISION right up front with the audience. That vision looks so good, participants just have to stick around to see how easy it is to achieve it. Think of it like a cooking show on television. The smart host shows us the finished dish—with all the trimmings and a glass of wine—right up front.

Outstanding Presentations 2015

Geetesh: What will you speak about in your session as part of the Outstanding Presentations series – and what would be the takeaway for attendees?

Matt: Poorly delivered technical presentations cost companies millions of dollars in time, travel expenses, and lost sales each year. The main reason? Presentations that convey technical information are notoriously long, awkward, convoluted, and boring. Throw in challenges like temperamental software, finicky web-based platforms, and unreliable network connections, and it is no wonder why tech presentations are often frustrating to audiences.

But solving this problem is easier than you might think. In my session, you will learn a predictable and repeatable process for delivering technical presentations that are relevant, crisp, and even exciting. You will see how to identify the most compelling output of what your technology produces and how to place that output in the first few minutes of the presentation. Along the way, you will discover surprisingly easy ways to stay on task, deal with difficult questions, and avoid technical snafus.

What is Outstanding Presentations Workshop?

Since 6 years, Ellen Finkelstein has been hosting her immensely popular webinar series on presentation skills called Outstanding Presentations Workshop, or OPW for short.

Days: Tuesdays, starting September 8, 2015 ending October 20, 2015. Each webinar lasts approximately 1 hour.

Time: At 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT / 11:30pm IST / 4am AEST

Each webinar will be recorded so you can view it later (for 2 weeks after the session). Sign up for the webinars now!

You must sign up, even to view the recordings.

Twitter Hashtag: OPW15

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

Since PowerPoint 2013 does not allow you to create a digital signature right within PowerPoint, what we discuss here is how you can create certificates outside PowerPoint. Follow these steps to learn more.

Learn how to create Digital Certificates outside PowerPoint 2013.

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Friday, October 09, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

A digital signature or ID is more commonly known as a digital certificate. Digital IDs help validate your identity, and they can be used to sign important documents including PowerPoint presentations. Digital certificates are typically issued by a Certificate Authority (CA), which is a trusted third-party entity that issues these certificates for use by other parties. You can purchase a digital certificate from many commercial third-party certificate authorities or obtain a free digital certificate. There are many institutions, governments, and corporations that can also issue their own digital certificates.

Learn how to get started with a digital signature in PowerPoint 2013.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST

What does "Hole in the Paper" mean? This is a name for a graphic treatment that gives an appearance of something being visible from a frame of torn paper. Typically it is difficult to create a graphic of this sort in PowerPoint. So we decided to create something so easy. In fact, this ended up being so simple that anyone can now build this “hole in the paper” visual effect in just under one minute! How did we do that? We created everything other than the picture you want to use. All you need to do is insert your own picture, send it behind everything else in your "slide" and you are done.

Download and use these graphics in PowerPoint.

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posted by Geetesh on 9:15 AM IST

You may want to encrypt your PowerPoint file with a password for various security reasons. There are two password levels you can implement within a PowerPoint file: a password to open and a password to edit. However, even if you add a password to your presentation, there may come a time when you want to remove the password altogether. Or, you may want to change the password. PowerPoint 2013 provides a very simple way to add a password. However, there is no obvious or intuitive command to remove or change the password protection.

Learn how to remove and change passwords applied to your PowerPoint file in PowerPoint 2013.

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