Want to make a video? Why not use PowerPoint?

PowerPoint has a variety of applications. In addition to designing slides for presentations I have used it to make promotional posters and to design logos and buttons for the animal welfare groups that I am involved with (see Life by PowerPoint). I have also started creating videos.  You can insert music to link to your slides (for the  examples below I used music from iStockPhoto.com).  For me, the biggest challanges in making videos with Powerpoint are telling my story in just a couple of minutes (I recommend you keep you videos to 2-3 minutes), and having the music timed just right. Re timing: using the Transitions tab you can select the transition… Read More

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Why people don’t change – solving the “Death by PowerPoint” mystery

It was always a bit of a mystery to me as to why people continue to produce and deliver “Death by PowerPoint” type presentations.  There are so many resources available on how and why to change your presentation style from bulleted list PowerPoint slides to something more innovative.  Yet “Death by PowerPoint” persists in most organizations, one day I had the proverbial ah-hah moment. I was at our cottage on the south shore of Nova Scotia; I do a lot of my presentation and other design work there.  Looking for inspiration on a project I was working on, I scrolled through Twitter and followed a link to a link to… Read More

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White background, black background. Which is better?

The Effective Sales Presentation is an excellent blog by Jean-François Messier. It is one of the only sales presentation blogs I can find.  Since I am in sales, do a lot of presentations, and have a passion for presentation design, I am always keenly interested to see what he has to say. A couple of weeks ago Jean- François re-posted an article by Phil Waknell which discussed what type of background is better for your slides, 5 Reasons Why Black Is The New White. He believes that a dark/black background is better for a variety of reasons: 1.  A black background won’t fatigue your audience, whereas a white background can be hard… Read More

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