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Question: I have a boss who is very “hands on.” As a result, I lack the skills necessary for advancement. Can someone tell me a quick and easy way to become a PowerPoint expert? Is there a Web site that I can use for tutoring?  -- Anonymous


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I don't know of a quick and easy way. A lot of it has to do with using the software on a regular basis. If you are not given that opportunity, it's hard to remember what you learn as well as learn new stuff if you are not using it regularly. Seek out other opportunities to work with this software, whether it be to assist other managers, or as a volunteer project outside of work, etc. Let your boss know you would like more opportunities to do this kind of work for him and see if he deligates.

Try a tutorial first,
Linl: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/results.aspx?qu=tutorials&av=DCT000

If you feel you still dont understand; community colleges offers classes. this way you can have an on-hands class.

I know a FANTASTIC web sight that may help you. Take a look at http://inpics.net/
Very easy, concise tutorial. I absolutely LOVE it!
Good luck.

Try to steer clear of becoming an expert on the tool and minimize the amount of PowerPoint used in presentations. Studies show that you will look more professional, better prepared and more knowledgable when PPoint is used minimally. I teach others to use flipcharts because they are in the moment and can be created on the spot for a more real presentation.

When in PPoint hit the F1 key and it will give you some of the critical tools to use the product. #1 rule - You are the Powerpoint, it is a tool to make you and your boss look more professional.

PowerPoint use is VERY widespread and here to stay, I'm afraid. Correctly used, it is a powerful visual tool, especially by those who learn by "seeing" rather than "hearing." You AND your PP, together, can make twice the impact. I would never advise anyone to avoid learning a new technology. In fact, I strongly urge you to master PP independently, if you can't find training opportunities within your company. It will only do you good in terms of grasping further new programs and whatever highpowered technology replaces PowerPoint in the future (something else is sure to come along any time now!) A good speaker and presenter never allows herself to be overpowered by her technological equipment.

When our company decided to join the majority of the rest of the world and use MicroSoft software,(10 yrs ago or so), They provided very basic training by a software training company to each staff person. I decided to become more profficient in MicroSoft Suite and educate myself. There are may resources. I went to my local lending library and WOW, they have all of MicroSoft programs tutorials on video. The beauty in that is you can view what you want, back it up if you don't quite understand it and so on. Plus, someone is actually talking to you while explaining. Another resource is if you have a Borders Books, plan a couple of evenings or week-end visits, get a cup of coffee and find a couple of books, sit and peruse the books. If you find one that fits the bill for you, buy it. I also recommend the MicroSoft Office 8 in 1 book. It covers all of the MicroSoft Office programs. I keep a copy of it by my desk for quick reference if needed (or anyone else in the office). Look into taking a couple of training classes with a local computer company or school. (Perhaps your company would reiburse you for it.)

Go to www.gcf.org. It is a free website that is at your own pace teaching.

Video Professor is also a very good, hands-on tool. It is good to have a book to look up things but I remember a lot better once I have actually done something. You can look for other CD/DVD interactive training courses for PP or other software. Try eBay for a good deal.

Try www.pendaflexlearningcenter.com. It is a free service. They offer various courses on a rotating basis from Networking to Digital Photography to Access to Creating your Own Webpage. It is kind of like a real class. They have lessons, minimal homework, quizzes. Also there are other people in the same class and a "teacher." There is also a message board that you can send questions and comments to the teacher or the class. Good luck!

Eli Journals has a monthly subscription to Inside PowerPoint that you may find helpful. It offers many other tips that you may not find in a tutorial.

To Valarie from Raleigh...
The link you posted takes you to the Genesee County Fair website.

the link should be http://www.gcflearnfree.org.

Does anyone have standard steps for preparing for international trips, utilizing CIBT, SOS, etc. We have a pool of Admins and need to standarize how they prepare mgrs for intl travel. I am currently preparing an Excel spreadsheet with links to these sites, but want to know if there is a better formalized way of instructing.

Does anyone have standard steps for preparing for international trips, utilizing CIBT, SOS, etc. We have a pool of Admins and need to standarize how they prepare mgrs for intl travel. I am currently preparing an Excel spreadsheet with links to these sites, but want to know if there is a better formalized way of instructing.

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