Free PowerPoint Webinar by Ellen Finkelstein

ELLEN PHOTOOn August 14, Wednesday at 11am PT / 2pm ET, PowerPoint expert Ellen Finkelstein will be conducting a FREE webinar: High-Persuasion PowerPoint Presentation Secrets.

On this webinar she’ll show you easy-to-use techniques to turn your live or web presentations into high-persuasion powerhouses. This will help you gain opportunities and sales for your work or business!

During this webinar, presented by PowerPoint expert Ellen Finkelstein, you’ll see WITH YOUR OWN EYES:

  • Why you shouldn’t put what you say on your slides – contrary to what you see all the time!
  • Why images are much more persuasive than text
  • How to use powerful images to persuade your audiences
  • The 3 PowerPoint problems that most presenters make and how to easily solve them
  • How to tap into your audience’s emotions so they will make the decision to buy, approve, or accept your message

Marketers have used these techniques in the past and have increased their conversion rate from 50% to 70% after applying these secrets!

So register now by going to this link:

The webinar is for FREE! Mark your calendar:

Date: Wednesday, August 14th

Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET


Two Things You Need to Know About PowerPoint 2013

powerpoint-tips-2-powerpoint-2013-secrets-1Ellen recently gave a webinar about upgrading to PowerPoint 2013. During the event, she explained all the new features PowerPoint 2013 has to offer as well as how to use them. In the webinar, she discussed 2 features that are very difficult which is why she decided to share them on her blog.

These 2 features are:

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To know the details on how to use these features in PowerPoint 2013, please head to: 2 PowerPoint 2013 secrets

Join the Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2012

My favorite presentation guru and PowerPoint MVP, Ellen Finkelstein, has just announced the schedule for the 3rd Annual Outstanding Presentations Workshop and I’m excited! It will run weekly on Tuesdays, from September 18 through November 13 (with no session on Tuesday, October 9). All sessions start at 11am Pacific Time, 2pm Eastern Time.

Those who would like to join (and you should!), when you sign up, you will get a link to the full schedule, which has a link for the time anywhere in the world.

The cost is very minimal, only $7, which is a super great value considering how expensive other similar workshops can be. And what’s great about it is that some of the world’s top presentation experts will be the ones to conduct the sessions. Here are their schedules:

9/18 – Rick Altman, Presentation Summit host, “Real-World Makeovers”
9/25 – Sandy Johnson, PowerPoint MVP, “Creating Your Own Graphics”
10/2 – Glenna Shaw, PowerPoint MVP,  “Designing Games for Learning”
10/16 – Ric  Bretschneider, PowerPoint MVP, “10 Evil Little Secrets about PowerPoint”
10/23 – Geetesh Bajaj, PowerPoint MVP, “Handmade Slides”
10/30 – Echo Swinford, PowerPoint MVP, “Create Charts That Don’t Make Their Eyes Bleed”
11/6 – Julie Terberg, PowerPoint MVP, “A Theme Runs Through It”
11/13 – Ellen Finkelstein, PowerPoint MVP, “Make a Lasting Impression by Visualizing Business Concepts”

I also interviewed Ellen about this by asking her a few questions that came to mind. Let me share with you what she said:

  1. What is the main purpose of this workshop? The main purpose of this workshop is to give you the knowledge you need to create outstanding presentations. The expert presenters will cover many of the topics that presenters deal with each time they present, such as working with themes, creating charts, visualizing concepts, designing graphics, and more.
  2. What do you hope to accomplish at the end of the 8 sessions? I hope to give presenters the tools they need to present effectively and avoid Death by PowerPoint. I also want them to hear the advice and tips of some of the top presentation experts in the world.
  3. Why is the workshop very affordable? We’ve been able to attract a large number of attendees in the last 2 years. Last year over 3,000 people registered from 98 countries. A small amount from each person will be enough to sustain this effort.
  4. Can people join from any part of the world? Yes! As I mentioned, we had people from 98 countries last year. All of the sessions are recorded and will be available for 2 months after the live session. Each week, after the webinar, everyone will get an email with a link to the recording. This allows people in all time zones to get the great value of these sessions.
  5. How can we pay? What if I have no PayPal? You don’t need a PayPal account. You can pay with a credit card. After going to, click the Join Us button and then look for the link that says, “Don’t have a PayPal account?” We look forward to having you join us!

So join now! Go to this link to register:

To read Ellen’s post about it, please head to:  Announcing Outstanding Presentations Workshop 2012

Top Ten Presentation Lessons

I have shared with you a lot of presentation tips in the past. But these top ten presentation lessons below seem to be the simplest, yet most crucial if you want to improve your craft in presentations and public speaking. The lessons came from this video which I found awesome and quite funny.

1. Arrive early to prepare. – I’ve always mentioned this before. Arriving early gives you a chance to not just prepare your materials and tools, but it will also help you relax thereby making you more ready and positively  energized for your presentation.

2. Your opening is always crucial. – The first few words that come out of your mouth can actually make or break you. They will either impress your audience and catch their attention instantly, or they can cause you to be judged very harshly by your audience.

3. Don’t make fun of your audience or any member of your audience. – This is common sense.

4. “Juvenile slide transitions to spice things up” only make you look unprofessional. – The simpler your PowerPoint presentation is, the better. Just stick to fade or wipe for transitions.

5. Don’t read your slides. – Doing so is like disrespecting the effort, time and money your audience spent to be able to attend your presentation. They can read the slides on their own. What they need from you is more insight and wisdom which shows that you are an expert or person of authority in your chosen topic.

6. Practice makes perfect. – Same essence as number five. If you respect your audience and the time and resources they spent to come see you, then you will prepare your speech or presentation very well.

7. Avoid using clip art. –  It will only show your lack or creativity and resourcefulness.

8. Prepare for technical difficulties.  – First and foremost, make sure that you have a decent enough desktop background just in case the same thing happens to you.  Then be able to handle the technical problem as quickly as possible. Don’t let it derail your presentation.

9. Be careful with lists. – Don’t cram everything on one page and find yourself forgetting a bullet point. It will only make you seem like you were unprepared and didn’t know what was coming next. Divide your bullet points into different pages and insert a photo in there to help catch the attention and interest of your audience.

10. Conclusions are not mere restatements of your title and subtitles. Your presentation doesn’t have to end in Q&A either. You should have a particular closing remark prepared that will en-capsulize everything you have presented. It should also include a call to action. This way, your audience will remember your talk even after the curtain call.

For more insights on his matter, head to:

10 Lessons Learned from “Every Presentation Ever”



11 Great Books for Communicators

I’d like to post here these ten amazing books that can help us think, create, & communicate better in 2012. These books are read and reread by Garr Reynolds and perhaps we could learn a lot from these books as well.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long.


Design For How People Learn.


100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People.


Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers.


Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity.


Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers.


Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design.


Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work.


White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design.


The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life 

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition).

Find out more about these books as recommended by Garr Reynolds here:

10 great books to help you think, create, & communicate better in 2012

Death by PowerPoint by Alexei Kapterev

Death by PowerPoint

I came across this one while looking for interesting posts on PowerPoint presentation. This particular slideshare got more than a million hits! Check it out.

Perfect Gifts for Speakers

Ho ho ho! It’s only 4 more days before Christmas. Have you already completed your gift list this year? If you’re thinking of getting something special for your favorite speaker, or perhaps, as a speaker, you want to treat yourself to a gift, here are 5 things worth considering:

  1. Leather portfolio – to basically look cool
  2. iPad 2 loaded with speaking apps – because you want to travel light
  3. Flip Cams – get as many as you can to record yourself (you can even ask your audience to record you) and come up with an awesome video of your talk
  4. The King’s Speech DVD – to inspire you
  5. Stylish speaking outfit – because you want to feel dignified and respected

I got this list from Nick Morgan’s blog post, 5 last-minute gifts for speakers, and I think they’re perfect!

7 Awesome Ways to Market Your PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint has always been the king of presentations. One reason is because it has been around for very long yet it still continues to come up with tricks and treats that are perfect and useful for presenters and public speakers alike. And it doesn’t stop there. I read from Mark Schaefer’s post that we can turn our PowerPoint slides into social media marketing gold. Here are his 7 ideas on how we can do this:

1. Populate Slideshare – This is a great place to share your documents, videos and other presentations.

2. Spice up a blog post – If you have the embed code for your presentation, then put it on your blog and spice it up a bit!

3. Embed in LinkedIn – Yep, you can also embed your presentations in LinkedIn

4. Create your art – You don’t need to buy and use photoshop just to include art or interesting images in your blog posts. You can actually do this in ten minutes or less by using PowerPoint!

5. Make an eBook – Did you know that a lot of eBooks these days originated from PowerPoint presentations? Go do it as well!

6. Integrate social aspects with traditional marketing projects – Let your PowerPoint presentations move virally within an organization so you can reach and help out more people.

7. Create premium content – Make your content exclusive to a group pf VIP.

For more detailed information, head to Mark’s post:  7 ideas to turn PowerPoint slides into social media marketing gold

To learn more about PowerPoint and how to make awesome presentations, read the various and interesting tips at Ellen Finkelstein’s blog:

Shakespeak – creating mobile interaction during presentations!

The other day, I shared with you here about the new breed of audience that is rising called the “Social Cyborg“. On that post, I received a comment suggesting a tool presenters can use to enhance their interaction with their audience, which is perfect for interacting with these social cyborgs too.

This tool is called Shakespeak. It is a device that enables all kinds of audience, whether social cyborg or not, whether outspoken or not, whether difficult or not, to ask questions, vote, and comment during presentations. This way, you, as the speaker or presenter can enhance your interaction with the audience and you end up with a better prsentation that your audience will remember.

Watch this introductory video to give you a better idea:

What do you think?

Presentation Summit Takeaways

I am continuously learning and re-learning stuff about PowerPoint to help me with my presentations. When the presentation gurus went to the Presentation Summit last week in Texas, one of my favorite gurus, Ellen Finkelstein, had a session with Wayne Michael, a CPA who creates graphics for presentation and she shared on her blog some techniques she learned from the session, like:

  • Keeping a menu along the side of the slide that highlights the current section
  • Shrinking to a corner
  • Faded layering
  • Creating a tab
  • Using transitions that create continuity
Another guru I like, Olivia Mitchell, blogged about the things most audience remember from a presentation like:
  • technical hitches of Nigel Holmes
  • the spark of Carmen Taran
  • the “bamboo” metaphor of Garr Reynolds
  • and the fact that you really don’t have a second chance in terms of making your first impression so you better come pepared, your presentations should be balanced and you always have to keep your audience in mind. On the other hand, you have plenty of chances to make up for it.
So anyway, that’s a lot to digest, for me at least. I’m still waiting for other blog updates about the Presentation Summit. In the meantime, you can head to Ellen’s post (Quick Takeaways from Presentation Summit) and Olivia’s post (What an Audience Remembers) to know more about what they learned during the summit.