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By Mary Hester
For anyone that has ever presented to a group, you know it is essential to be well prepared and have the right props. For many, PowerPoint is the prop of choice.
Creating your presentation in PowerPoint allows you to gather all your thoughts and ideas in one tool. You have many slide choices and can move, cut, paste and organize to create a coherent flow of information without leaving the program. Adding graphics, diagrams, video and sound is easier than ever. With just a little time investment, PowerPoint will make you look like a presentation guru!
When creating the perfect presentation, be sure not make your slides too busy or add too much glitz. If you want to use sound and video, make sure to add at a place in your presentation where it will complement your message. Video can be a great introduction or it can be used to clarify your points. Don’t use sound or video in parts of your presentation where you need the attention of the audience. Don’t let text dominate your presentation. Use pictures and graphics liberally as people remember points made through visuals much better than they remember words.
Create interesting presentations
Use built in video power tools – Create extraordinary presentations by embedding video that was created using tools that give a professional multimedia experience. You can fade, add formatting effects, bookmark scenes, and trim your videos with ease. Sharing is easy because the embedded video is part of the PowerPoint presentation. You only have to share one file.
Picture editing made easy – Use new and improved picture editing tools-including versatile artistic effects and advanced correction, color, and cropping tools-to fine-tune every picture in your presentation to look its absolute best.
Built in graphic effects – You don’t have to be a design expert to create professional-looking graphics. Use dozens of additional SmartArt layouts to create organization charts, lists, and picture diagrams. Transform words into impressive visuals that better illustrate your ideas. Create diagrams as easily as typing a bulleted list or convert text and images to a diagram in just a few clicks. All the tools you need to create stunning graphics are built into PowerPoint.
3-D transitions and improved animations -PowerPoint 2010 offers new, dynamic slide transitions and animation effects that look similar to graphics you’d see on TV. Easily access, preview, apply, customize, and replace animations. You can also use the new Animation Painter to easily copy animations from one object to another.
Quick and easy presentation management
Microsoft Office Backstage view – This is the tool palette you see when you select File. This is where you manage your files and the data about them – creating, saving, inspecting for hidden metadata or personal information, and setting options. In short, it is everything that you do to a file that you don’t do in the file.
Compress video and audio – Select File and then Info to compress video and audio in your presentation. This reduces the file size and can increase playback performance. Select the quality option from the drop-down choices.
Customize the Ribbon – Use customizations to personalize the ribbon the way that you want it. For example, you can create custom tabs and custom groups to contain your frequently used commands. Note:Ribbon customization is specific to the Microsoft Office program you are working in at the time. Ribbon customization does not apply across the Office programs.
Work together from anywhere
Live broadcast – Broadcast your slide show to people in other locations, whether or not they have PowerPoint installed. Create a video of your presentation-including your transitions, animations, narration, and timings-to share with virtually anyone, any time after your live broadcast.
Microsoft PowerPoint Web App is an online companion to Microsoft PowerPoint which enables you to extend your PowerPoint experience to the browser. View a high fidelity version of your presentations, make light edits, or view your presentation slide show. Use the familiar PowerPoint interface and some of the same formatting and editing tools, from almost any computer with a Web browser.
Microsoft PowerPoint Mobile 2010 enables you to do light editing for your presentations and is especially designed for easy use on your Windows phone. You can even run your slide show right on your phone.
Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. LAN Systems is dedicated to providing business technology that works for people. http://www.lansystems.com