Team presentations are becoming more and more popular. One good example of this is Apple Inc., which now focuses exclusively on team presentations. No single presenter speaks for more than ten minutes, regardless of the overall length of the presentation. Although this form of presentation is admittedly more time-consuming and complicated to prepare than a […]

Mistakes happen to everyone. In presentations, they can occur in the form of incorrect figures or misleading facts. Sometimes the information presented calls into question, or even criticizes, the company policy of one of your audience members, while other times funny anecdotes fall flat. In short, lots of things can go wrong during a presentation. […]

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your entire presentation just to get to a specific slide? You don’t have to. Here are two handy shortcuts you can use in presentation mode: Shortcut #1 To go to a specific slide, type its number and then press Enter. For example, if you want to view slide […]

Hyperlinks are great for sourcing online material and videos during a presentation. The downside is, they can be a bit of an eyesore. The blue underlined font tends to stand out and can ruin the overall aesthetic of your slides. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to create subtle hyperlinks that don’t interfere with […]

Did you know that employees and freelancers spend an average of 100 hours a year creating presentations and working with PowerPoint? This is the finding of a cross-industry study by the market research firm, INNOFACT. The study makes it abundantly clear: presentations – whether for trade fairs, lectures or pitches – are an integral part […]

Social media is everywhere these days and its influence continues to grow. Companies are beginning to understand the importance of being represented on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. To maximize their online presence, organizations should look to integrate social media into their presentations. We’ll show you a few clever ways to do […]

Progress bars are ideal for visualizing the current status of tasks and processes. They can be used to show the current phase of a project, or how much budget has already been allocated and used. They can even be used to show the progress of a presentation in a clear and unobtrusive way, for example […]

Office 2019 has been on the market since September 2018 and although it includes many of the features found in the August 2018 version of Office 365, there are a few differences. Office 2019 is sold as a one-time purchase and unlike Office 365, it doesn’t include any upgrade options. This means that if you […]

PowerPoint 2016 can be purchased in two versions – it’s offered in both Office 365 and Office 2016. In this two-part series, we’ve summarized the differences between these two versions. Read on to learn more about PowerPoint in Office 365 (Part 1 can be found here). Part 2: PowerPoint in Office 365 Microsoft has introduced […]

For the first time ever, you can purchase a PowerPoint product in two different versions. PowerPoint 2016 is part of both Office 365 and Office 2016. The program, however, offers different features depending on the package you purchase. In the next two articles we’ll discuss these differences (Part can be found here). Part 1: PowerPoint […]

Modern life is full of distractions, it’s no wonder our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Presenters experience this first hand; most audiences struggle to stay focused during longer presentations. But there are a few tricks and techniques you can use to help them stay on track and avoid boredom. Participation and interaction prevent […]

Email lists are a great way for companies to promote their brand and engage with potential customers. These lists contain contacts who are interested in a company’s products or services, making them a valuable asset when launching new products. Marketing and sales need to keep updating existing email and, ideally, grow them. We’ll discuss several […]

A flowchart, often spelled flow chart, can be used to map out complex processes. Their greatest strength lies in the fact that they make processes more transparent than wordy descriptions. Composed of shapes, text and arrows, a flowchart can illustrate anything from a step-by-step process to the development of an idea. Our tip: Use flowcharts […]

Most organisations nowadays are looking for ways of improving their business reporting processes. Besides faster reporting, more organisations are interested in reliable and transparent information. These reports offer essential specific information regarding the status of business. A well-presented report has the ability to not only attract new investors but also help to keep employees aware […]

Bad news is an everyday part of the business. Over the course of your career, you will have to share not-so-good news with your teammates or employees. Having the right skills to sensitively communicate declining revenues, pay cuts, pending layoffs and the like, is essential. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to present bad […]

After a good 20 years in the presentation business, we have seen and heard a ton of presentations. When it comes to giving an inspiring and convincing presentation, here’s one piece of absolutely essential advice: Never read directly from a PowerPoint slide during a presentation.” Your audience can see and read the slides for themselves. […]

Bullets are designed to highlight important points and help an audience scan large amounts of information quickly and easily. Or at least that’s the idea. Unfortunately, bullet points often have the opposite effect. Bullet points are the easiest way to create a PowerPoint slide layout and at the same time, are the least effective. To […]

Many experienced presenters are strong advocates of a clean and simple approach to presentation slides. They believe overloaded slides distract from the topic and confuse the audience. What’s most important to managers like Steve Jobs, one of the best known proponents of minimalist presentations, is clarity. Single images combined with one or two words – […]