A Different Way of Creating Menu in Your Slides

For your first two slides, it is useful to create menus. This time though, we can do it differently and pattern it to Windows 8 for instance. You can do this using PowerPoint.

Here are the basic steps:

1. Create the shapes

2. Format the shapes

3. Hyperlink the tiles

Following these basic steps, you can come up with something like this:


To know the complete instructions on how to create a different kind of menu for your PowerPoint slides, please check this post: Create a tile menu with hyperlinks to slides

Three Things to Remember When Telling a Story

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever been told by anyone that you don’t know how to tell a story? Or that you suck at it? That it felt like your story would never end? Well, fret not. There’s a simple formula you can follow to make sure that you at least tell a story in a coherent manner.

All you have to do is to be aware of these three parts:

1. Beginning – This is where you introduce the main character.

2. Middle – This is where the main character encounters an obstacle, a conflict or tension.

3. End – This is where the tension gets resolved.

That’s the basic framework. Just follow that and you can build up any story you’d like to share with your audience. For more information, check out this post: How to Tell a Story

Wanna Make Interactive Online Lessons? Try PowerPoint Mix!

yes-i-interactive-badge-name-tag-group-participation-words-to-illustrate-someone-who-works-together-participates-39347022Microsoft PowerPoint has a new add-on that is still in beta called PowerPoint Mix. It is a tool used to create interactive online lessons and below are the basic processes which are simple to follow:

  1. Use PowerPoint Mix for creating slides and recording video and audio.
  2. Use PowerPoint Mix for adding quizzes.
  3. Use PowerPoint Mix for uploading the final result to the Mix website and for sharing it with anyone (e.g. your students).
  4. Use PowerPoint Mix for getting statistics about the quiz scores and who viewed the Mix.

To find out how to do all this, please head to: Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

Three Things You Must Give Your Audience When You Speak

college-student-speech-pretty-indian-female-giving-lecture-hall-41038863When making a speech or presentation, you must always put your audience in mind. Remember, it’s always about them, not you.

Below are three things you have to give your audience all the time no matter what kind of speech or presentation you make.


To be effective in conveying your message to your audience, always say it clearly.


Be brief, concise and straight to the point. Don’t drag your speech. You will lose your audience.


Make your audience think differently and act decisively.

For more insight about this, please head to this link: What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

How to Create Handouts from PowerPoint to Word

microsoft-office-name-logo-computer-screen-windows-44549021 (1)For heavy-duty meetings and presentations that require a lot of data to help the participants come up with a decision (e.g. market research meeting), they usually require handouts to be given out so participants of the meeting can further refer to the important additional data pertaining to the object of their meeting. Since most presentations are done using PowerPoint, and most handouts are printed from Word, here’s what you can do…

Below are the steps you can follow to create these much needed handouts from PowerPoint to Word: export your slides to Word.

  1. Create the slides. You can have text in the Notes pane, but that isn’t necessary.

    In PowerPoint 2013, choose File, Export, Create Handouts and then click Create Handouts. In 2010, choose File, Save & Send, Create Handouts. In 2007, choose Office button, Publish, Create Handouts in Microsoft Office Word.(Maybe you’re noticing that Microsoft changes its interface a lot!)

  2. In the Send to Microsoft Word dialog box, choose the Notes Below Slides option.

  3. Note that you have a choice to choose Paste or Paste Link. If you choose Paste, Microsoft embeds the entire presentation and the file can become quite large. If you have a lot of slides, choose Paste Link and be sure to keep the PowerPoint and Microsoft files in the same folder — you’ll also need both files if you need to move it to another computer.

  4. Click OK. Word opens. Wait until it brings in all of the slides — and notes, if any

To get more information about this, please head to this link: Create handouts for data-heavy decision meetings

When to Pause During a Presentation

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Knowing when to pause during a presentation or speech is important if you want to effectively deliver your message to your audience. So below are three important points to remember when it comes to pausing:

  1. Build them in to your speaking in order to appear genuinely interested in the audience – Make  your speech or presentation conversational no matter how well-rehearsed you are. Make it sound natural as if you are having a conversation to your audience. This way, pausing will come naturally too, as if you’re waiting for the other party to reply or comment to what you’re saying during appropriate moments.
  2. The second most important way to use pauses comes at the very beginning of the speech – Pausing before the start of your speech will allow for a bit of a dramatic effect and will help your audience focus more on you and what you’re going to say.
  3. The third most important way to use pauses is whenever you make a key point – To make sure that your audience has heard and understood your key point, pause and look at them in the eyes. This way you’ll see their reaction and if they have indeed understood what you were trying to convey.

For more insights on when to make pauses, please head to this link: The Three Most Important Times to Pause in a Presentation

Office Clip Art Going Away Soon?

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????An announcement has recently been made at the the Microsoft Office blog that the Office Clip Art is going away soon. However, the post says that ““Customers can still add images to their documents, presentations, and other files that they have saved to their devices.”

You can check this out yourself through PowerPoint 2013. Ellen Finkelstein of the PowerPoint blog describes the steps as:

  • Choose Insert, Online Pictures.

  • In the Bing Image Search box, enter a keyword.

  • Click an image.  Note the size of the image, because some of them too small to put on a slide.

  • At the bottom, click the link to the source of the image.

  • Click Insert.

  • Go to your browser where the link opened and check it out.

For more information about this, please head to: Office Clip Art gallery is going away


3 Things to Keep In Mind When Presenting

goals-female-hand-writing-numbered-list-chalk-blackboard-44989416Happy New year, everyone!

As we move forward on our presentation goals this 2015, here are 3 things to always keep in mind to make your speech or presentation much much better than the previous year:

1. The Story

People love to hear stories. We shouldn’t just dump information to our audience, we should tell them great tales that are of value to them.

2. The Delivery

No matter how good the story you want to tell is, if you don’t know how to deliver it properly, it will just be put to waste. In this case, the cliche applies “practice makes perfect”.

3. The Community

You won’t be a public speaker or presenter if there is no group of people willing to be your audience. So take care of your community and always make your presentations about them.

By keeping these three things in mind, you will be sure to have better public speaking gigs this year.  Fior more insight, please head to this link: The Public Speaker’s To-Do List for 2015