PowerPoint Tricks

Use our PowerPoint presentation templates to make every PowerPoint presentation compelling, effective and memorable.

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In PowerPoint 2010, you now have the ability to generate a Windows Media Video (.wmv) file. First, write your script using Microsoft Word. Outline your presentation, including topics and bullets. Import into PowerPoint and attach to a Theme. Then import graphic elements or create them with SmartArt ...
Shift between overlapping objects on slides easily. Using the mouse to move between a complex collection of overlapping objects on a slide can prove tricky. Try Tab to move between them instead.
Many people shy away from working with Slide Masters because they think they’re too complicated. With the newer versions of PowerPoint, Slide Masters are a breeze.
Think about how you present your PowerPoint slides. Do you cram every­thing on just a few slides? Some­­times, that’s a good thing, for example, when generating self-directed presentations and print collateral. But when you want to make the presenter the star of the show, not the presentation, here are a few things you can do.

Avoid “death by PowerPoint” by stealing presentation tips from the charismatic Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. Carmine Gallo, communications coach and author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, points out that Jobs uses presentation software as a tool to visually complement his stories.

Do you have the content of your slide presentation in your head, but loathe working inside slide layouts and placeholders to type text? In the Navi­ga­tion pane, go to the Outline tab ...

An executive proudly showed me the Power Point presentation he had prepared for an upcoming strategic offsite. As kindly as I could, I made a little “Blah, blah, blah” motion with my right hand and said that his first three slides were classic signs that the rest of the presentation was going to stink.
Vice President Joe Biden isn’t the only one who has dozed during an important moment. Sen. John McCain nodded off during George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2007. And in recent weeks, several air traffic controllers have been busted for sleeping on the job. To avoid leading a meeting that would put someone to sleep, drop the PowerPoint.

Using PowerPoint visuals that only Einstein could decipher doesn't make the presenter look smarter. Complicated visuals will cause an audience to focus less on what the presenter is saying and more on trying to figure out the images. Here are seven rules for keeping visuals clear and powerful:

Trying to share a presentation with a broader audience or get the word out about a new company focus? Three free online tools for putting slideshows and videos online:

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