101 Tips Every PowerPoint User Should Know: Conversation with Ellen Finkelstein

Created: Saturday, August 2, 2008, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

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Ellen FinkelsteinEllen Finkelstein is author of several PowerPoint, Flash, and AutoCAD books. She has just released her new ebook called 101 Tips Every PowerPoint User Should Know.

Her company, Ellen Finkelstein, Inc. helps clients create presentations that communicate clearly and achieve their goals. She maintains a web site that offers PowerPoint tips, and a selection of free backgrounds.

Geetesh: Tell us what your new book is all about — and what inspired you to do this book?

101 Tips Every PowerPoint User Should KnowEllen: 101 Tips Every PowerPoint User Should Know contains tips in 10 areas that are essential for using the program effectively and efficiently. For example, there are tips on text, AutoShapes, photos and clip art, charts, multimedia, delivery, and more. I saw that people who were using PowerPoint, often daily or weekly, had just opened it up and started using it, without ever taking a course or reading a book. As a result, they missed a lot of the efficiency techniques that make creating a presentation ever so much easier. For example, without knowing how to perfectly distribute objects, they would nudge them here and there and eyeball it. The result would be frustration and less than professional results. So I thought that I’d fill in the gaps, for a quick pick-me-up, so to speak. The ebook is about 100 pages, with lots of clear instructions and figures, and it’s an easy read.

Even professionals have told me that they learned something from it.

Geetesh: What do you believe is the most important thing that any reader will gain from the book?

Ellen: Because it’s a list of 101 tips, there isn’t one important thing, but I think that readers will realize that if they’re spending a lot of time editing and formatting, there’s probably a better way. They’ll also learn how to get more professional results by using the tools that PowerPoint provides.

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