Thoughts and impressions of happenings in the world of PowerPoint and presentations, continuously updated since 2003.
Dave Paradi has authored ten books on effective PowerPoint presentations and his ideas have appeared in publications around the world. Dave is one of fewer than ten people in North America recognized by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for his contributions to the PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams communities. His articles and videos on virtual presenting have been viewed over 1.1 million times and liked over 10,000 times on YouTube. He has delivered more than 450 customized training sessions around the world in the last 22 years.
In this conversation, Dave discusses findings of his survey about the use of PowerPoint with Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Geetesh: Dave, please tell us more about the survey you conducted about the use of PowerPoint with Microsoft Teams and Zoom? What was the motive behind this survey?
Dave: Last year when the use of Teams and Zoom dramatically increased due to many people working from home, I started to see different questions being asked about each platform. I decided to see how PowerPoint was being used on each platform. I wanted to know if there were any differences.
I have one page on my website that explains different ways to share PowerPoint slides in Teams and another page for the different ways of presenting PowerPoint slides in Zoom. Visitors come to each of those pages because they use PowerPoint on that platform. I set up a simple poll on each of those pages asking visitors what they used PowerPoint for the most on that platform. Over time I received more than 1,100 responses for each platform.
We first look at how you can easily create curved shapes and then apply the Morph transition effect to create super-smooth animated slides. Rick Altman, the host of the annual Presentation Summit talks about how you can take part in the sweepstakes to win transportation to the conference paid for. The Presentation Summit 2021 is being held both virtually and on location in Clearwater Beach, FL, United States this year from September 26 to 29, 2021. Gavin McMahon of fasswordward talks to Ronan Dunne and discusses leadership storytelling.
We also bring you quotes, press releases, and templates from the last few days.
Deborah Ashby is a TAP accredited, MOS certified IT Trainer specializing in the design, development, and facilitation of Microsoft training courses both online and in the classroom. Since the mid 1990s, she has been involved in the IT industry starting her career on an IT Helpdesk for an airline. This sparked a passion for travel and in 1997, she left the U.K. and moved to Melbourne, Australia where she furthered her career as an Operations Analyst and programmer before moving into IT Training. In her free time Deborah loves to learn about history and travel to unconventional places, most recently to Chernobyl, Jordan, and Myanmar. She loves photography and her photos have appeared in The Evening Standard newspaper. She’s also an avid swimmer, part time runner, full time vegan and animal lover.
In this conversation, Deborah discusses her new GoSkills training course on PowerPoint 365.
Geetesh: Deborah, GoSkills just released your new PowerPoint 365 course, and it looks like you have covered not only techniques, but also design skills and PowerPoint’s influences in society. The result is awesome and wanted to ask you what motivated you to use this approach, and how do you think this approach will help your students?
Deborah: Firstly, thank you so much for the compliment – I’m glad you like the course!
Rick Altman has been hired by hundreds of companies, listened to by tens of thousands of professionals, and read by millions of people, all of whom seek better results with their presentation content and delivery. He covers the whole of the industry, from message crafting, through presentation design, slide creation, software technique, and delivery. He is the host of the Presentation Summit, now in its 19th season as the most prominent learning event for the presentation community.
In this conversation, Rick talks about the sweepstakes announced for the upcoming Presentation Summit 2021, being held both virtually and on location in Clearwater Beach, FL, United States this year from September 26 to 29, 2021.
Interviewed by Gavin McMahon
When people have common context, our shared opportunities are markedly better.
— Ronan Dunne
Great leaders are great storytellers.
Ronan Dunne is a great storyteller. A proud Irishman, Ronan leads Verizon’s global consumer business based in the US. Always generous in sharing his wisdom, Ronan had a conversation with us about his experience, focusing on the connection between leadership and storytelling.
Excerpts from that conversation follow.
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