Friday, September 29, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
The Power of a Great Visual
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
PowerPoint Tip - Equipment Connections
The two most important pieces of equipment you will likely be using are a projector and your computer. The most obvious connection is to connect the display port of the computer to the display input of the projector. This is usually done using a cable that connects to the VGA port of the computer and a computer input port on the projector (sometimes a VGA port and sometimes a special port for that projector).
Two other connections seem so obvious that they are usually taken for granted - the power cords for the projector and the laptop. While it may seem obvious, I have seen people struggle to figure out why the projector isn't working when it was simply the cord not being plugged in. And I have seen laptops display a low battery warning in front of 1,200 people because the cord wasn't plugged in. So while they may be too obvious for many, top presenters always make sure the power cords are plugged in and working properly. If you are plugging in to a power bar, which I always suggest you do to protect your equipment, make sure it is turned on - I have personal experience on forgetting this detail.
When you have the computer and projector connected, make sure you set the laptop into the display mode so you see the slides on the laptop screen and the slides are displayed on the projector. There is usually a key combination on your laptop that toggles between three display modes: 1) laptop screen only, 2) external display only (the projector) or 3) both laptop screen and external display. It seems that every laptop is different, so while it is Fn+F8 on my Dell laptop, it will likely be different on your laptop.
That covers the basic connections between laptop computer and projector. On the webinar I will also cover connecting other equipment, as well as choices in room setup, how to effectively test your slides, the difference between practice and rehearsal and the best way to create a backup of your presentation. To sign up for the webinar, go to http://www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com/webtutorials.htm .
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
PowerPoint Tip - Photo Entrance Loop
With digital pictures being so easy to take and select the best to show others, why not think of using a loop of digital pictures as an entrance show for an upcoming conference presentation you are involved in. Fall is a prime time for conferences and if you are speaking at one or helping prepare someone's presentation, this is a way to make the presentation stand out from the start.
What I mean by a loop is a set of say 10-15 photos that automatically change from one to the next and repeat until you are ready to start your presentation. It is a nice way to set the mood and give people some visuals to look at while they are waiting for the presentation to start. You see it at many high end professional presentations and they spend lots to make it happen - but you don't need to.
Here's how you do it:
1. Create a presentation of your best photos that relate to thetopic you are speaking on or set the mood. If you are a conferenceorganizer it could be of the highlights of the conference so far.
2. Set the slide transitions to nicely fade or dissolve between theslides and set them to automatically advance every 6-8 seconds.
3. Set the presentation to loop continuously
.4. From the first slide in your main presentation, hyperlink to thelooping presentation file.
5. In your session, activate the hyperlink on the first slide andthe looping photos presentation will start and continue until youpress Esc. Then you will be back in your presentation and ready todeliver a great message to your audience which is now better in themood to listen to you.
I adapted this tip from a more detailed explanation of this idea on pages 41-43 of my "Guide to Advanced PowerPoint Techniques" e-book. You can find out more about the book and the other 25 advanced techniques at http://www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com/guidetoadvppt.htm
If you want to learn more about using digital photos in your presentations, you will want to check out my video on this topic at http://www.ThinkOutsideTheSlide.com/wtphotos.htm