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Create Successful Presentations

Effective presentations start at the "drawing board". These ten tips will get you on the way to success.

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Convert PowerPoint Presentations to Word Documents

Monday April 29, 2013
You have been making presentations for months now and your boss has confidence in your skills at using PowerPoint. He just wants to have a heads up about the content of your presentation. Rather than email him the whole PowerPoint presentation, why not just convert it to a Word document? He will get a handout of the content -- you can even choose to include thumbnails of the slides and your speaker notes.

This method of converting your PowerPoint presentation to a Word document is, in my opinion, a quicker way to create printed handouts for the audience, when your presentation is complete. For those who like a quick video on this, see video on how to Convert PowerPoint Presentations to Word Documents.

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Why Won't Music Start to Play on First PowerPoint Slide?

Sunday April 28, 2013
The first slide loads and then the music is supposed to play. But ... no sound is heard until the fourth or fifth slide? Why? The audio file was inserted on the first slide and all the settings seemed to be set correctly.

On closer investigation, there are some other factors that might be at play here. Read more about Why the Music Won't Start to Play on First PowerPoint Slide.

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Using YouTube Videos with PowerPoint

Tuesday April 23, 2013
YouTube videos are easy to add to your PowerPoint presentations. Using YouTube in PowerPointYou may link to live YouTube videos on the web or download and embed YouTube videos right in your PowerPoint presentations.

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The 10 Most Common Presentation Mistakes

Thursday April 18, 2013
Many professionals have made some of the most dreadful presentations -- for a variety of reasons -- which can range from the person who mumbles, to the one who talks too fast, to the one who just wasn't prepared. But perhaps nothing is as irritating as the person who misuses and abuses presentation software.

So, don't be the presenter that everyone wants to avoid. See if you are guilty of any of the 10 Most Common Presentation Mistakes.

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