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30
SEPTEMBER
2016


Author:
Matt Roper
OFFICE UPDATES MEAN IT’S HIGH TIME TO SPEED UP YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS

It was recently announced at Microsoft's Ignite Conference over in the US that there will soon be a whole raft of new Office 365 updates that presenters will find interesting...

WHAT! HOW LONG DID YOU SPEND ON THAT PRESENTATION?
If it’s taking you a lot longer to create slides than you would like, then Office 365’s latest feature might not exactly want to make you smile, as there may well be a way for your boss to find out….



So if you struggle with PowerPoint or Prezi and waste lots of time, then now might be the right time to brush up on your presentation skills.

Spookily, our brand new course The Presentation Technology Lab is just about to launch!

This presentation training day is way better than your bog standard Advanced PowerPoint training day… it’s a great opportunity for our presentation designers and consultants to reveal, demystify and train you on all of the latest presentation technology in just a day.

BUILD IT ONCE, USE IT AGAIN AND AGAIN
The rather creatively named feature TAP will soon be available in Word and Outlook. This handy new feature allows you to simply import elements that you've painstakingly created in PowerPoint and in one TAP import them into your Word or Outlook files in a fully editable format. So say goodbye to cut and paste jobs.




All you need to do now is make sure your PowerPoint slides look the business, if only there was an award winning presentation design company around here...

WILL PRESENTATION DESIGNER REPLACE PRESENTATION DESIGNERS?
Probably not. If you know your way around PowerPoint 2016 you might have noticed how when you insert an image, a tab called PRESENTATION DESIGNER opens up and provides around 5 different, rather cool layout options? At least it would be cool if it ever actually worked in an existing template.

Well this feature is getting upgraded too and it appears Microsoft might just have taken inspiration from our April Fool’s Day joke PIMP MY SLIDE a fictitious plugin that could magically turn bullet points into nicely designed icons...

The update to PRESENTATION DESIGNER now turns bullet points into, erm... Boxes. Which is nice.



This is so frustrating… a bullet point in a box, is still a bullet point. When are Microsoft going to do something about helping people plan and structure their presentations properly?

Thankfully our Fast Track Presentation Training days will do just that. Check them out here

POWERPOINT’S BRAND NEW BUTTON
We’ve mused before how we would dearly love for PowerPoint to be smarter in helping presenters with their structure and messaging, and it looks like Microsoft might just be finally getting the message, with the new QUICKSTARTER button in PowerPoint.

But don’t get too excited…

This new feature will only ‘sort of’ help you with the structuring of your presentation…

The theory is… you simply open up PowerPoint, click on the QUICKSTARTER button and search for a topic. Worryingly though, it suggests to “Search for a famous person or historical event” (more on this in a mo)



You then pick one of the topics it finds and PowerPoint then suggests some starter slides with relevant content. You then pick the ones you want to create your presentation’s structure…



…And then PowerPoint builds you some basic slides…



Sounds great I know, but in reality and in my opinion this tool is woefully under developed and there seems to be more questions than answers…

Will it work on your template in your look and feel? As the example slides in the video don’t look great…

Is it going to help you create content for your business presentations? Presentations that are about specific topics, suitable to your business and your audience’s requirements?

As at the moment, the Paris example in the video, suggests that this feature will be little use to anyone other than history students and celebrity journalists.

If you want your presentation’s story, structure and messaging to be absolutely spot on, you can forget about automated software templates. You need to talk to one of Eyeful’s consultants - the real presentation experts


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