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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 AM IST

We first look at Bauhaus, one of the fonts included with most versions of Microsoft Office. We then feature Dr. Sue Mitchell who talks about her new book, The Authority Guide to Engaging Your People. She also speaks about techniques that create better presenters and communicators.

PowerPoint 2016 for Windows users will learn about encrypting presentations with passwords–and also how you can remove and change passwords. We also explore PowerPoint 2016’s Accessibility and Compatibility Checkers. We also explore Presentation properties. Finally, do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates of this week.

PowerPoint and Presenting News: June 27, 2017

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 AM IST

PowerPoint animation makes slide objects move. These slide objects can be anything you can select such as text, pictures, charts, SmartArt graphics, shapes, and even video clips. But did you know that you can combine multiple animations to happen at the same time for the same slide object, creating a custom animation effect? Imagine, an object fading and zooming at the same time! Although you can combine fade and zoom entrance animations, you really cannot combine a fade entrance with a zoom exit. PowerPoint has four types of animation, and you will learn what can be combined or not in this tutorial.

Apply Two or More Animations to One Object at the Same Time in PowerPoint

Apply multiple animations to one slide object, and make all animations play together.

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Monday, June 26, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 AM IST

At times, you may want to change your default version of PowerPoint. This decision can be important for you if you have multiple versions of PowerPoint installed on your system. Typically the last version installed is the default version, but there are other ways to change the defaults, and all of them do not work all the time! Let us explore some options if you want to set PowerPoint 2007 as your default version.

Set PowerPoint 2007 for Windows as the Default Version

Learn how you can set PowerPoint 2007 for Windows as the default version if you have more than one version of PowerPoint installed.

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Monday, June 26, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 AM IST

If you’re setting up a large business meeting you’ll know it can be tricky to find a date, time, location and venue that suits everyone and ensures the right people attend.

Ideally, to save yourself a lot of grief, you want to suggest the plan that works for everyone the first time.

But, that’s easier said than done.

According to PlanSnap statistics, the average plan takes nine apps, 22 app switches, 77 swipes, 13 minutes on the phone and 10 texts. And 40% of the time, it still fails completely to get the right people together.

So, what’s the solution? Fortunately, there are some websites and apps that can help you to get people to agree on four most important things: who, what, where and when.

  1. What kind of activity is going to be attractive to the people that you want to attend? Is it a coffee, dinner, or cocktails? Or do you need a shared interest to bond over, like cycling, golfing or a whiskey tasting session? Get ideas from websites like Time Out, which has inspiration for lots of activities in most major cities, or on the go using the BarChick text message service which recommends bars in London (only) based on the vibe you’re going for.
  2. Make sure the right people can make the time you choose. Something like Doodle can help you work out who is available when, though it can be tricky to get people to actually fill it out as it needs them to proactively engage. There are services like x.ai, a robot assistant that claims to organize meetings for you, but many users report their contacts being irritated by “computer says no” moments and the pomp of getting a robot to organize your lunch meeting.
  3. Hopefully, you know the people involved well enough to know where they work or live, and can mentally triangulate where’s a good venue with accessible transport links that will be easy for them to get to. The fancier the occasion or venue, or the more important the other attendees are, the less you have to make the location work for everyone. Google Maps or Citymapper might help you work out venue locations and travel times.
  4. Get everyone to confirm. If it’s a big event you could use something like ticketing website Eventbrite. Or, you could start a WhatsApp group, but the amount of notifications lighting up your phone might be a bit overwhelming.

The new tech kid on the block is PlanSnap. It’s still in beta but is getting great feedback from early users and already has over 200 people, and companies including AB InBev, invest in it through Crowdcube.

Plansnap Science Meme

PlanSnap intelligently suggests plans that work for everyone, and sends that plan to your friends or colleagues even if they’re they haven’t downloaded the app. It currently integrates with text messaging, but email and other integrations are coming soon.

Technology is assisting us with all aspects of our lives, and that’s only set to increase with the rise of artificial intelligence.  If our robot overlords really are coming let’s put them to work doing the repetitive tasks like planning, leaving us far more time to do the things they can’t do. That said, we’re sure it won’t be long until an algorithm can hit a hole in one and really seal that deal.

The Tools:

  1. Doodle
  2. Time Out
  3. Google Maps
  4. Citymapper
  5. PlanSnap
  6. Whatsapp Group
  7. x.ai
  8. BarChick
  9. Eventbrite

Louise DohertyLouise Doherty is the founder of PlanSnap, an app that gets everyone to agree on a plan in just a few taps, even if users’ friends and colleagues don’t have the app. Louise is The Grocer’s Top New Talent award winner, a a Techstars graduate. PlanSnap is currently crowdfunding and has attracted investment form AB InBev. It is backed by Department for International Trade, London and Partners, and Trampery Residents.

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Monday, June 26, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 AM IST

PowerPoint saves all Property fields as metadata. This metadata can be very useful in the cataloging and search of presentations and individual slides. In addition to editing or adding the Property content in Backstage view, you can also bring up more Properties with the Advanced Properties option.

Advanced Presentation Properties in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to view and edit advanced presentation properties in PowerPoint 2016.

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Friday, June 23, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 AM IST

Presentation properties are the details about a presentation such as title, author name, subject, and keywords that identify the document’s topic or contents etc. It’s important to specify relevant values for the presentation’s Property attributes, because they help to identify the presentation. Populating the fields for various Properties also helps you search for particular slides more efficiently later.

Properties of a Presentation in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to view and edit current presentation properties in PowerPoint 2016.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 AM IST

Sue-MitchellDr. Sue Mitchell is Director of Aeona, an Approved Development Provider with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) for Leadership and Coaching programs. Sue works with organizations, leaders, managers, business owners and private clients to inspire them to achieve results, make a difference and change their world for the better. Clients come from organizations of all types and size from start-ups, sole practitioners, and SMEs to multinational corporates, the public sector, and third sector.

In this conversation, Sue discusses her book, The Authority Guide to Engaging Your People.

Geetesh: Please tell us more about your book, The Authority Guide to Engaging Your People. What motivated you to write this book, and in your opinion, what is the one takeaway from this book that will help business people?

Sue: I wrote this book because I am passionate about helping people be better leaders in all walks of life, whether or not their role has ‘leader’ in the title. I consider that engaging your people is the most important ability of a leader because when you are engaged and personally motivated, you do whatever it is you do more creatively, more imaginatively, with more energy, focus, and purpose, and deliver better results. Engaging people is also the most important ability for a presenter and communicator because if people are not engaged they will not hear your message or take action on it.

Authority Guide to Engaging Your PeopleOne key takeaway for business people: When you get things done through other people by asking questions rather than telling them what to do and how to do it, those people give you more confidence in what they are doing and they get things done more effectively, with more responsibility for being on time and up to or exceeding standards.

Geetesh: Your book talks about motivating and engaging people in the work environment. Will these techniques also create better presenters and communicators?

Sue: Yes.

In the book, I talk about listening and communicating. The art of engaging people is about knowing how to make your language come alive in a way that connects with each person. Business language can often come across as rather boring and neutral. One way to spice it up is to use richly sensory words that help connect with people’s emotions and passions. Great presentations put your message across using as many channels as possible to ‘tap into the heart, mind, and gut’ so that people feel your message is relevant to them. For example, even if you are speaking to accountants who want to hear the facts, your message is more inspirational and effective when you include not only the facts (essential!), but also reasons why the facts are important and relevant to them, relevant stories that illustrate your point, and you invite them into the conversation by asking questions that get them to think, share experiences and get involved. In the book, I describe nine core motivators and you will be much more engaging a presenter and communicator when you craft your message to tap into each of the nine motivators.

Another point in the book is that your body language and vocal tone needs to align with your words because when there is a mismatch, the listener will not believe your message.

Finally, the best communicators listen. Communicators who don’t listen are simply broadcasters. While they may broadcast their message, they have no way of knowing whether their message has been heard and understood as they intended it to be. Broadcasting is open to misinterpretation because each person filters the incoming information through their own lens, their mindset, which shapes their perspective. When you listen and get to know your audience, you can craft your message to be understood from their perspective.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 AM IST

You might have experienced this scenario: you have created a presentation within PowerPoint 2016, but you are not sure whether your client, boss, friend, or colleague, who has an earlier version of PowerPoint will be able to view and edit this presentation using the same options that you have used? And, if you save this presentation as a file compatible with an earlier version of PowerPoint, there are chances that you could lose some attributes of the presentation that are not available in previous versions. Or worse, your editable content could just change to flat, non-editable pictures!

Check Compatibility in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn to check compatibility with other PowerPoint versions in PowerPoint 2016.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 AM IST

Bauhaus 93 is a typeface originally owned by font foundry, URW, which stood for Unternehmensberatung Rubow Weber, representing the names of the foundry’s founders. It is now owned by URW , the successor of the original company. Although there are many other versions of Bauhaus available, we are exploring Bauhaus 93 since this is the version included in many versions of Microsoft Office.

Explore Fonts: Bauhaus 93

Learn about Bauhaus 93, a decorative font included with some versions of Microsoft Office.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 AM IST

An understanding has grown over the years to make all kinds of computer-generated content available to people with disabilities. PowerPoint is no stranger to this accessibility concept and has many options up its sleeve that help your slides be more relevant to those with accessibility impairments. PowerPoint’s built-in Accessibility Checker works similar to the spell checker. It highlights potential accessibility issues in your presentation so that you can fix these potential problems and make your content accessible to everyone.

Check Accessibility in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Check accessibility options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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