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How to Open the .ODP Format Using PowerPoint 2013

The OpenOffice program’s OpenDocument Presentation (.odp) format is mostly used by professionals as a “lighter” alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. The free software suite is an open-source program used for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and other business endeavors, much like its paid counterpart. OpenOffice can also store lecture materials, documents, and...

3 Tips to Avoid Being Late to Your Own Presentation

Time is an essential factor in most professional presentations. It’s important to keep yourself on a schedule not only before your speech, but after it as well. However, even with the precautions against poor time management, people still end up showing late to meetings and presentations. As a listener, tardiness is...

How to Align Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2013

Each slide has its own elements, such as text, charts, images, and shapes—all easy to arrange in PowerPoint. A clean, even layout leaves space that lets the eyes focus on more important slide objects. Simply aligning them with each other provides a great deal of order and sophistication into any...

Microsoft Innovations: A Bigger Office in a Small Briefcase

Presentation software has advanced at an incredible rate. Only last year, Microsoft has released Sway, a new application that lets people tell stories with embedded content. The company has also been updating its Office every year to improve its customers’ experience by developing even more innovative features. Among Microsoft’s most useful...

How to Optimize and Embed Audio in PowerPoint 2013

Emailing a PowerPoint presentation isn’t as simple as it seems. You need to consider if your file is compressed enough for easy e-mail attachment. There are other important factors to consider. You can’t be there to supervise how your deck is to be viewed, and your deck will be shown on...

The Most Important Slides Your Deck Needs in a Sales Pitch

The number of slides in your presentation depends on two things: your audience and the type of presentation you’re delivering. For sales pitches, there are some things you need to keep standard, like your company background, what you’re selling, etc. Want to know the information you need for your slide deck? We’ve...

Why ‘Planning Analog’ is Better than ‘Going Digital?’

There are two basic steps to planning: conceptualizing, and organizing your ideas. These steps determine your presentation’s core message. After all, you won’t be able to discover what points would work and what wouldn’t without careful planning. This involves in-depth research and freewriting before you can come up with the...

Back to Basics: Making the Most of PowerPoint Gradients

If you’re still starting out with PowerPoint, it’s important to explore the program’s different features. Before you can go to the presentation tool’s more advanced options, however, you’ll need to figure out its basic components first. One of these primary elements is the gradient tool. You don’t need to stick to...

Converting Presentations into Videos in PowerPoint 2013

Converting PowerPoint presentations into videos is a great way to give your speech extra engaging power. Since most people are wired to watching videos, turning your deck into another multimedia format can make your audience completely consume your content. One of the greatest perks of exporting a presentation as a...

Psychological Biases: Overconfidence in Sales Presentations

We used to believe that too much of anything can be a bad thing; these include excessive sleeping, drinking, and eating. Beside these daily activities, there’s one human trait that can best explain the above mentioned adage: overconfidence. Overconfidence is a self-delusion that may lead to disastrous situations and wrong decisions. For example,...