Resources, Sites, Tools

Here are some other resources, with Mr. Levy’s brief thoughts about them. (This page is a work in progress, to which we’ll add items as they come up on our radar.)

QR Codes in PowerPoint Slides That Work!

Here’s a link to a page listing all the QR codes from the book, in case this format is easier.

Presentation Add-Ins

Instant Polling can add interaction to a presentation. Do you need a tool for it? I think there are better ways to engage the audience, but those better ways require considerable experience and the ability to think on your feet. Thus polls provide a reasonable alternative. Polls Everywhere seems to do it well. The free version is adequate for simple polls. The paid versions allow PollsEverywhereyou to do more – and though long-term sign-up is pricey, you can (as I’m writing this) in effect buy one-time usage by downgrading back to the free version. Biggest caveat: don’t spend time in front of the audience dinking around with this stuff. Set it up in advance, and practice. And remember – leave time for responses to start coming in. Don’t be afraid of a few seconds of “dead air” (silence, in an old radio-DJ formulation).

Training in the Mechanics of PowerPoint

Nuts and Bolts has some useful videos on PowerPoint “hacks.” While the biggest issue with slides is content, it also pays to get better at using the power of the tool itself. Nuts and Bolts knows how to get around PowerPoint efficiently, and you may find some highly useful efficiency boosters here.

Idea Generators

Elegant Simplicity is an ideal in art as much as in presentation. (And it’s not the only way to go, aNo._5,_1948s Guernica and Pollack’s No. 5 prove.) Haiku Deck‘s ostensible offering is tool to create online presentations. Meh. But its real power is the “idea engine” to suggest graphical images. Type a few words into one of their slide templates, click the picture icon (obscure, but currently second-from-top on the left-hand menu), and let it suggest some images. Of course, you can do this via Google or Bing image search (Bing’s better here because it allows you to more easily check the licensing restrictions of what you find), but Haiku Deck definitely simplifies the process. You need a paid account to export what you come up with, or you can recreate it on your own (how much is your time worth?). Best bet: get some new ideas on old tropes.

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Other Slide Help

KapterevClipI’m Not the Only One saying this stuff. Alexei Kapterev has a cool SlideShare deck called Death by PowerPoint (And How to Fight It). I don’t know him, but I like what he says. He’s a consultant, too, so if you don’t want to hire me, give him a call.