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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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

Lisa Braithwaite discusses her new book, Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection. Alex Leopold from New York-based Interbrand asks if any of us are violating copyright laws? From UK-based Buffalo 7, James Robinson talks about a new e-book, The Ultimate Guide To PowerPoint.

We look at signing into a OneDrive account, various Office 365 subscriptions, and three ways in which you can create new slides in PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2016 users can learn more about Viewing Sections. Finally, do not miss the quotes, press releases, and templates of this week.

PowerPoint and Presenting News: September 12, 2017

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

Ellen FinkelsteinEllen Finkelstein is a PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional, a Microsoft award), one of only 14 in the United States Her well-known website at www.ellenfinkelstein.com offers many PowerPoint tips and the PowerPoint Tips Newsletter. She specializes in training speakers and presenters to convert Death by PowerPoint to Life by PowerPoint; communicate clearly and powerfully; and design high-impact, persuasive and professional-looking slides.

In this conversation, Ellen discusses her upcoming webinar series, the Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2017.

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Monday, September 11, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

Carmen SimonCarmen Simon is a cognitive neuroscientist and founder of Memzy, a company that uses brain science to help the world’s most visible brands create memorable messages. She is also a best-selling author and leading expert on using memory to influence decision-making. Her most recent book, Impossible to Ignore: Create Memorable Content to Influence Decisions, has won the acclaim of publications such as Inc.com, Forbes, and Fast Company, and has been selected as one of the top books on persuasion. Carmen speaks frequently to corporate, academic and government audiences on neuroscience research findings related to creating memorable messages based on how the brain works. She holds doctorates in both instructional technology and cognitive psychology.

In this conversation, Carmen talks about her sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2017 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

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Monday, September 11, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Dave ParadiDave Paradi helps corporate professionals use PowerPoint to visually communicate the messages in their data so they don’t overwhelm and confuse executives. He is one of sixteen people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the PowerPoint Most Valuable Professional Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint community. He has authored nine books on effective PowerPoint presentations and has written his newsletter every two weeks for over fifteen years. His website is www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com.

In this conversation, Dave discusses his new The Annoying PowerPoint Survey 2017 survey.

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Monday, September 11, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 am

The terms Header and Footer typically come from word processing programs; these denote repeated elements that show at the top and bottom of every page. Headers and Footers work similarly on PowerPoint slides: the Footer is a line of text that usually appears at the bottom of a slide. Typically, the Footer area includes three placeholders: Date, Footer, and Slide number. By default, the footer with one or more of these three placeholders appears on every slide in a presentation, but you can change that as required.

Add Headers and Footers to Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to add Headers and Footers to slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

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Friday, September 8, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

James RobinsonJames Robinson is the Marketing Manager for Buffalo 7, the UK’s leading PowerPoint presentation design agency. Buffalo 7 works with names including UEFA Champions League, Dell, Red Bull, Facebook and the BBC.

In this conversation, James talks about Buffalo 7’s new e-book, The Ultimate Guide To PowerPoint.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

“I pulled it from Google images so it’s okay.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone developing a presentation, proposal or template say this I wouldn’t need a paycheck. I equate finding and using images similar to passing one’s driving test. If you were never taught the rules of the road, you’re naturally going to use your best judgment based on your experience and knowledge at hand.

Independent professionals, smaller firms, and organizations generally don’t maintain as tight of a grip or have the legal counsel to advise employees on intellectual property (IP) and what they can or can’t do when it comes to downloading and using images and typefaces. Hopefully, this diagram, which has gone through my firm’s legal department, will help guide you with the rules of the (image) road.

IP Chart from Alex Leopold
Click on the chart to see a larger version.

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