Use PowerPoint for Music Video Presentation with Lyrics

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Have you ever done a music video for a presentation but you wanted to sync lyrics with the music? Have you done something like this?  Did you know that you can do this in PowerPoint?

You can actually sync lyrics in a music video using PowerPoint by following four simple steps below:

1. Insert the video.

2. Choose where you want to display the lyrics.

3. Set the video play options to continue throughout your slides.

4. Set slide timing.

For a detailed discussion on how this can be done, please head to this link: Easily sync lyrics with a music video in PowerPoint

How to Fix Axis Labels in PowerPoint

powerpoint-tips-chart-axis-label-placement-1Do you know how to moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values? Well, by default PowerPoint will the horizontal axis labels near the axis. Typically, this is how it works. However, when there is a combination of positive and negative numbers, the bars get to interfere with the labels.

But don’t fret because you can do something to make this right. Here is what you do:

  1. Select the chart.

  2. Right-click the horizontal axis text and choose Format Axis.

  3. In PowerPoint 2013: In the taskpane on the right, click the arrow next to Labels to expand that section.

  4. In PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013: Click the Label Position or Axis Labels drop-down list and choose High. (Another option that works in some situations is Low.)

To get more insight about this, please head to this post:  Moving the axis labels when a PowerPoint chart/graph has both positive and negative values

How to Rotate Objects in PowerPoint

rotation-arrows-vector-drawing-represents-design-39279669Do you know how to make simple object rotations in PowerPoint? It’s actually very easy.

Just use the object’s rotation handle around its middle to drag an object where you want it to go. Once you’re satisfied with how the object looks, then just release the mouse button and that’s it!

You might ask:

  • How about if I need a common angle?
  • What if I need a specific uncommon angle?
  • What if I need to get the exact angles?

You can find out more about how to do these things in PowerPoint by going to this link: Rotate objects precisely

Use Props in Presentations

party-props-set-mustaches-lips-eyeglasses-silhouettes-design-elements-isolated-white-background-36448374Why is it helpful to use props in presentations? How do we use these things? Below are things you should take note of when it comes to the use of props in presentations:

1. Take the audience on an emotional journey. 

This is because props can paint a picture that brings out the emotions of the audience.

2. Bring the world to your audience.

Through the use of props (e.g. costumes), you can bring your audience to a particular time period.

3. Don’t let your props throw you off.

Sometimes, your props take long to get prepped or something could go wrong. Don’t let it distract you from your main presentation.

4. Make sure your prop is relevant. 

Make sure your props are tied to the message you want to convey to your audience.

These are just some of the things you should remember when using props on your presentation. To know more, please head to this link: 9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

Expert Tips on Presentation Design

aster-flowers-art-design-26968847We all need help when it comes to presentation design. It’s a good thing then that there are experts out there who can show us the way how. Below are just few of the links to expert tips that presenters can use to make their presentations better.

  1. A good read, “Speaking PowerPoint: The New Language of Business” – by Bruce. R. Gabrielle
  2. And you can’t miss getting hands on this one, read & keep “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” – by Carmine Gallo
  3. Indulge yourself in this video to learn more and more, watch “Instructional Design Essentials: Storyboarding” by – Daniel Brigham at Lynda.com
  4. For effective slide design, read “Slidology” – by Nancy Duarte

For more tips on how you can better design your presentations, please head to: 20 Best Things on Internet to Help You Become a Presentation Design Hero

How to Make a Post-It Checklist Graphic for Your Slides

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you use checklists on your slides? If you’re the type who creates slides that talk about lists with X number of items, then you might want to come up with a checklist graphic just to make it more pleasing to the eyes.

One example done by Ellen Finkelstein is a post-it checklist. Of course you can come up with other images. In her blog post, Create a checklist graphic in PowerPoint, she mentioned getting sample photos for free at freeimages.com. But if you already prefer the post-it checklist graphic, she will teach you how to:

1. Get the Post-it® note
2. Add the checkboxes
3. Add the checkmarks and numbers

Head to her post now and find out more!

How do you make your slides the size of your paper?

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????This is a new idea by Ellen Finkelstein for people who only print slides, meaning, those who use presentations that never get projected on a screen.

It is still best to use PowerPoint because its layout is easier to use than Word. You can easily place charts and images here as compared to Word. This is because PowerPoint, is a graphics program, making placement easy.

Here is one idea for switching from the usual landscape slide size to a vertical and bigger slide size:

Create a custom layout that includes a title, a text placeholder and another placeholder that can contain an image or a graph. Start with the Two Content placeholder, duplicate it, and then make adjustments.

For more information on how to do this, please head to: Do you present with printed slides? What if your slides were the size of your paper?

Use a Blank Slide for a Powerful Presentation

blank-projector-canvas-office-shot-40629971Do you use PowerPoint slides when presenting? Have you come up with a powerful technique to distinguish your talk from the ocean of PowerPoint presentations you show your audience?

Well, this post is all about that powerful technique. There is that one unique slide you can use that presenters oftentimes overlook —the blank (blacked-out) slide used at critical moments.

Below are three ways you can use this blank slide:

  1. Start your presentation with a blank screen – this way YOU become the first impression of your presentation and not your slides. 
  2. Blank the screen during your presentation – this will make it feel like you’re having an intimate moment with your audience.
  3. End with a blank screen – the closing of your presentation is the last thing your audience will hear. By ending with a blank screen while you give your closing remarks, your audience’s focus will once again be directed towards you. 

For more insight about this, please head to:

Superior Presentations 75: The Most Striking PowerPoint Slide to Include in Every PowerPoint Presentation

How to Improve Presentation Skills of Your Sales Team: 5 Tips

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Do you have a sales team that needs to improve their presentation skills? If you want your Sales Team to keep improving in terms of their presentation skills, below are five tips they can apply:

  1. Plan for continuous learning: This will keep them focused which will make them achieve their goals more.
  2. Pair up for progress: Let your team do the buddy system. Working in pairs can make them become more creative in helping each other become better presenters. They can challenge each other and encourage each other to be better presenters.
  3. Use audio and video: Let them record themselves via audio or video so they can see and hear for themselves how they did it and from there criticize their own work so they can do better next time.
  4. Develop a resource file: Have a collection of stories, facts, metaphors, facts, examples, humorous comments, statistics, etc.) as well as final thoughts that members of your team can use. Share the wealth so to speak to ensure consistency.
  5. Use regular staff meetings: This is where feedback sessions can be done. This way, people can learn from each other’s feedback.

To know more about this, please head to: 5 Ways to Keep Your Sales Team Focused on Improving their Presentation Skills

How to Enhance Your Presentation Writing

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Below are 5 ways you can do to bolster the way you create content for your presentation. Read on…

1. Be Active

Make sure that the sentences you use are in active rather than passive form. It’s more straightforward and will be appreciated more by your audience.

2. Be an editor

It is important to convey your message in the most concise way possible so as not to bore your audience.

3. Try Three

This means breaking the main ideas of your presentation into three categories.

4. Kill cliches

The purpose of this is to maintain integrity in your presentation and not appear dated.

5. Break a Rule (Just Not These Ones)

Take a risk with your writing through a little creativity. People always enjoy seeing something new.

For more insight about this, please head to: Five Ways to Strengthen Your Presentation Writing