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  • The PowerPoint Era of Presentation

    One response to the problem of inconsistent speakers is to use presentation graphics software to provide a presentation to illustrate the talk, and maybe give out handouts of the slides as an aide memoire.Unfortunately, this superficially attractive theory...
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • Use PowerPoint Presentation Slides as Milestones or Signposts

    Very often people tell me that they use presentation graphics to structure a talk. This is a laudable aim: people like to know where they are, and where they are up to! However, some of the common methods used are not the best. Here are some ideas...
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • Getting Creative With PowerPoint: Using All the Elements of a Talk

    A talk (or lecture) is made up of a collection of elements. Many talks do not use all the elements to full advantage, which can reduce the effectiveness of the communication process. This article will discuss the use of all the elements of a talk...
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 


  • Getting Creative With PowerPoint: Using Images for Reinforcement

    Images provide a great opportunity to emphasise or reinforce a key message. They only work if used sparingly. One per key message is a good guide – if you have too many images and they are losing their impact, then the answer is to cram less key...
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • Getting Creative With PowerPoint: The Build Transition

    A series of bulleted lists with each point waiting to be clicked is essentially at odds with a talk which should flow. However, there are situations where this fragmentation can be used to advantage. Here's an example. But remember less is more, use...
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • Getting Creative With Microsoft Word: Using Macros to Generate a Whole Web Site

    In the previous article in this series (part 4) I showed how Microsoft Word can be used to produce a website made up of multiple web pages, and emphasized that Word can do a lot or work for you. However, we can go further by using macros.
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 


  • Get Creative With PowerPoint: Fluffy Clouds

    When people talk about death by PowerPoint, they usually mean slide after slide of bulleted lists. Bulleted lists can get dull and repetitive if they are repeated slide after slide, so here's my alternative, the fluffy cloud approach.
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • Get Creative With PowerPoint: Less is More

    The impact of presentation graphics is usually diminished by continuous repetition. So why not try something different? Use a graphic to set up a question at the beginning of a talk, and one at the end to reinforce the take home message.
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • Evaluating the True Costs of Acquiring New Software: A Practical Example

    In order to illustrate the issues around trying to assess the cost of updating or buying new software described in this series we shall use the checklist given in Part 2 to guide our decision making in considering how to update our word processor from...
    By Profacgillies July 6, 2011 

  • CFi ShellToys Is Serious Business

    I've played with a lot of "power toys" and add-ons for Windows over the years. Some improved productivity, many didn't. Most were more like toys in the traditional sense than true office productivity apps. CFi ShellToys is in a different...
    By Paul Pardi July 6, 2011 
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