Which version of PowerPoint should you buy?
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
3w ago
Not long ago, I created a presentation for a client that included a video with text on top. My client asked why she couldn’t see the text. After rechecking that other people could see it, I asked which version of PowerPoint she was using. It was Mac version 2008! Only 14 years ago… And yes, at that time, you couldn’t put text on top of a video. So she asked which version she should get. I think others have the same question, as there are lots of choices! My answer is first I’m going to explain the ins and outs of the various versions of PowerPoint so you can make the decision for yourself but ..read more
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Add a customizable, live web feed with Cameo
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
What if you could present with a resizable webcam of you on the slide? And what if you could then export the presentation as a video? PowerPoint now offers a way for you to add a customizable, live web feed that appears on the slide, as you can see here. It has more features than the ones that come with online meeting software, like Zoom or GoToWebinar and you can even animate it! Finally, you can export your presentation as a video, including the Ccameo window. Cameo is available to Microsoft 365 subscribers in the desktop app for Windows or macOS. If you have an older, permanent (not subscr ..read more
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Get a designer look with abstract images to create backgrounds for slides and shapes
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
You can use abstract images to create interesting, textured backgrounds for slides or shapes. For example, Nancy Duarte’s signature slide uses a textured image background. You can see an example here. Here’s an example, using abstract images as a fill for the shapes of a diagram. First, you have to find an abstract image. That’s fairly easy. For example, go to pixabay.com or your favorite stock images site and enter abstract in the search box. Find some images and download them. Here are 3 that I downloaded from pixabay.com: Another easy technique is to take your own abstrac ..read more
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Creating and using a strong call-to-action slide
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
At the end of a presentation, what do you want your audience to do? You should know! I often see presenters make similar mistakes at the end of their presentation: They don’t have a call-to-action slide at the end They have a call-to-action slide but follow it up with a “Questions?” slide, so that the call-to-action slide isn’t visible for every long Their call-to-action slide has too much information on it so the audience gets confused. Should they write it down? Take a picture of it using their phone? Sometimes, the presenters are embarrassed to ask for something. Sometimes, they don’t re ..read more
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3 ways to use images
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
From my perspective, you can use images on a slide in 3 ways: As a background, behind text: The purpose is to make a slide that is essentially all text look better As a supplement to text: The purpose is to help people understand and remember the text As the main focus of the slide, with smaller text that supplements the image: The purpose is to have a strong impact How do you decide how to size, place, and format an image on a slide? It depends on your goal, your purpose. There is no right way to use an image, but understanding these 3 ways will help you design better slides. You’ll learn h ..read more
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Use icons to create a list
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
Research shows that people pay more attention to images than to text, but sometimes you want people to focus on the text, not on an elaborate or complex photo. A nice compromise is to use icons and they are VERY common on slides these days. PowerPoint 365 includes icons in its collection of images (choose Insert> Pictures> Stock Images and click the Icons tab), and you can find icons in lots of other places, as well. One simple way to use an icon is to put it in place of a bullet point, as you can see here: Make icons bigger! You can make your slides more engaging by using bigger icons ..read more
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3 techniques for putting less text on your slides
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
You probably know that creating slides with lots of text on them is a sure sign of “Death by PowerPoint.” Even if your content is valuable and interesting, the text makes it LOOK boring. Also, research has shown that images attract more attention. So the solution is almost always to replace text with images and not put everything you say on the slide. How do you present without the text? Presenting without the text on the slides can get some people nervous. Presenting without the text means you have to do one or more of the following: Use Presenter view to see your notes (put what you’ll say ..read more
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Interview with Alfred Poor: Better Online Presentations
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
Alfred Poor is an expert in helping speakers and companies create successful online events. His years of experience as a keynote speaker and event producer have led him to become a consultant for those who need to pivot to online communications yet don’t want to either waste time and money on expensive equipment or learn complex technical skills. In this interview, Alfred explains who he helps and how he helps them. Plus, he gives a simple tip for looking better online when you’re presenting from a laptop. We also had some fun with props and explaining why you can’t walk around when you’re pre ..read more
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Making text stand out with text formatting techniques
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
A presentation style that’s sometimes called the Takahashi or Lessig method, involves putting just a word or two on a slide, usually with very large text. The text is used as a prompt, but also as a graphic. I wrote about it in a short post from 2004, You can create stunning slides using large text and formatting the text in interesting ways — for example, with an outline or with no fill. Changing the slide background color is another technique that will attract attention. So let’s look at some techniques for formatting striking text. Make the text big and bold The first and most obvious tech ..read more
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Choosing a platform for your online course
Ellen Finkelstein | PowerPoint Tips Blog
by Ellen Finkelstein
2M ago
When you’re ready to get your knowledge out to the world with an online course, you have many decisions to make! An important one is which platform you’ll use. The platform houses your course content. The platform is sometimes called a Learning Management System (LMS), but in truth, you may not even need an LMS. In this article, I’ll discuss the various types of platforms you can use for your online course along with the advantages and disadvantages of each type. The cat tower in the photo on the right has lots of platforms; in this post, I’ll help you choose the right one for your online cour ..read more
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