A powerful presentation can make or break your meeting. Don’t wing it; learn these must-know Powerpoint tips in just minutes from the experts at lynda.com.
Back up your presentations with hard data. Here’s how to import it from Excel.
Your business may involve creating and sending contracts to your clients—but the problem with using Microsoft Word documents for contracts is that they can be easily altered. It’s important to know when you receive a contract back from your clients that it’s the exact same contract you sent them.
In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how easy it is to turn your Word document into an unalterable PDF file right from within Microsoft Word. While it’s not impossible to alter a PDF file, it’s far more challenging, which is why PDF is becoming the industry standard file format for sending contracts over email.
If your year is shaping up to include a lot of business presentations, PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations offers practical insider advice that will help you build painless presentations that convey your message in a way that is clear, meaningful, and engaging.
Author David Diskin starts the course with five quick tips you can use to make your PowerPoint presentations more effective, and continues throughout to offer his insights on ways to compose powerful, cohesive messages that resonate throughout your presentation. David also discusses how to apply successful slide design practices, ways to incorporate gestures, and suggestions for managing question-and-answer sessions. He closes the course with a look at presentation skills, delivery tactics, and bonus tips to make your presentations run even more smoothly.
One of David’s favorite PowerPoint presentation tips is to add white space to your slides in order to make text more easily distinguishable and memorable.
For a sneak peek at this course, check out Sharing data with charts from chapter three (Successful Slide Design).
With David’s help and the right tips and tricks to guide you, you may be surprised by how fun a business presentation can be.
Interested in more?
• The full PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations course
• All business courses on lynda.com
As a follow-up to PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training, we’re working on an intermediate course that covers business presentation design and delivery with PowerPoint. We’d like to hear what you want improved in the presentations you’ve participated in, either as a creator, presenter, or an audience member.
1. Neon colors, background images, cartoonish fonts: what’s attractive or fun to the creator might give the audience a headache. In terms of design, what kinds of things make you cringe as an audience member?
2. If you create business presentations, what aspects of design do you struggle with?
3. Some presenters make you sit up and take notes. Others make you watch the clock. When it comes to the delivery of a presentation, what are your pet peeves—and your best memories?
4. If you give business presentations, in what ways would you like to improve your delivery skills?
Please share your thoughts on any or all of these questions in the comments, and your suggestions and questions will help shape this upcoming course. Thank you!
This week, lynda.com published five new Microsoft Office Beta 2010 online training courses.
Gini Courter, author of countless Microsoft Office books and partner of TRIAD Consulting, has been busy authoring many of these new releases, including Powerpoint 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Word 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Access 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and Outlook 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects.
With more Office 2007 and 2010 online courses in the works, this is a rapidly expanding and exciting area of training for lynda.com. Let us know what you think.
I was in Mountain View, California on Wednesday 5/6/09 at a lynda.com video shoot for an upcoming Creative Inspiration documentary profiling Duarte Design. Their space is so inspiring!
Good design in an office space really makes my heart sing. It was also inspiring to meet another female entrepreneur who started her business with her husband, has a family, created a book, does training, and has a company. It’s almost freaky! Nancy Duarte is the author of the beautiful book Slide:ology, and has built a business around creating compelling PowerPoint presentations.
I know a lot of people don’t put the words ‘PowerPoint’ and ‘compelling’ in the same sentence, but Duarte Design has a 65(!) person staff of artists and storytellers who transform the art of presentation. The lynda.com documentary will be completed by end of year; meanwhile head over to Nancy’s site and blog and check it out!!!