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 – […]

Opening the floor to audience questions is a great way to close out a presentation and offers so many advantages. It gives you the opportunity to make one-on-one contact with your audience, clear up any ambiguities and provide even more in-depth knowledge. In addition, it shows your commitment and your interest in the audience’s concerns. […]

PowerPoint has a bad reputation with many users and is often dismissed as amateurish. They say PowerPoint presentations look bad, are boring, confusing and distract from the essentials. One prominent exponent of this view is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who last April issued a general ban on PowerPoint in his companies. Instead, his employees must […]

PowerPoint gives you the option of recording your own screen, adding sound and saving this recording separately or embedding it in a slide. This feature is great for demonstrating content or individual steps, such as software processes. This allows your audience to experience in real-time what needs to be done instead of trying to visualize […]

Studies have shown that images have greater impact than text alone. A grid design, also known as a tile design, is a great way to grab your audience’s attention without sacrificing important information in your presentation. This design consisting of several tiles allows you to seamlessly combine different text and image elements to create attractive […]

PowerPoint presentations are usually 16:9, landscape format, which is a good choice for presentations on standard monitors and most projectors. Even if you’re handing out your presentations and planning to print them later, portrait is often a better choice than landscape. However, it’s not uncommon to find 4:3 monitors and projectors as well as (pivot) […]

Although PowerPoint is best known as a program for presentations, it also offers some other really cool features. One of them is the ability to create animations and export them as video files. Saving these videos separately means you can use them in a variety of ways outside of PowerPoint. Now you won’t have to […]

As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This holds true for presentations. The very first line of the first slide is so important – it can make or break your presentation. Despite knowing this, most presenters turn to the same old openings such as “Good evening, my […]

Eye contact plays a huge role in a presenter’s ability to connect with their audience, and in turn, their overall effectiveness as a public speaker.  Presenters who don’t know how to maintain eye contact with their audience appear unfocused and uninterested. Presenters who do, exude confidence and enthusiasm for their topic. Eye contact is a […]

You’ve finalized your PowerPoint presentation and you’re ready to send it to clients and key stakeholders. But are you really sure it’s ready to be shared?  Removing notes from a presentation is a crucial step that is often overlooked. In this post, we’ll introduce an easy method that allows you to remove all notes from […]