Archives for October 2016

Discovering Presentation Gems on Vimeo and YouTube

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Did you know that video is what is most appealing to today’s professionals as a source for information? And since the digital world never seems to stop, so videos are such an important tool in our visual industry to teach us what’s new and feed our creativity.

YouTube and Vimeo are fascinating places to discover how to do presentations more creatively and productively. Besides SlideShare, they are my other go-to places for inspiration and knowledge. I wanted to share a few of my go-to channels and why I like them. Many contributors have channels on both platforms.

Need to learn how to do PowerPoint animations? You can find quick tip videos or longer videos that are more detailed. Just-in-time learning is driving content to these platforms. YouTube appears to be populated with videos that would appeal to a presentation professional. There are more variety and depth in the content offerings on YouTube. However, Vimeo was created to be more business-oriented and mostly providing content to professionals.

Let’s look at some channels on both and then make your own decision.


PowerPoint & After Effects /w Andrzej Pach

Andrzej offers quick and knowledgeable PowerPoint tutorials. They contain actionable learning which you can use almost immediately. One of my favorites is “Crop and add photographs in PowerPoint slide in any shape you want | PowerPoint template tutorial”

PowerPoint Spice

Lia, aka P-Spice, is so wonderful at what she does. She was tired of living through dull presentations and decided to shake things up. Not only does she entice you with wonderful tips and tricks that cannot wait to try, she actually tells you step-by-step how to do it. A good example is her latest video: Cool PowerPoint Tricks to Look like a Tech Genius (Live Polls, Animations and More!). She gives your great ideas and insights into how PowerPoint add-ins can add depth to your presentations. She uses Poll Anywhere in this tutorial. It is one of those “aha moments” where you can instantly see the impact that an engagement tool like this could really improve the interactivity of your presentations. On her blog, she gives written steps that match the video. Check it out.


This is a b3b creative design idea. I have really enjoyed getting to know Managing Director, Damjan Haylor. Their mission is to bring information to life which many of their projects and videos do. They are informative and well done. Their Vimeo channel includes good content for creating presentations.  Don’t miss this video: Did you know that PowerPoint could do THIS?

Did you know that PowerPoint could do THIS? from POPcomms on Vimeo.

Did you know that PowerPoint could do THIS? from POPcomms on Vimeo.


PowerPoint Pro YouTube Channel

Engagement is one of the reasons why I like the PowerPoint Pro YouTube channel. Managed by motion graphic designer, Sadman Sadik, it is full of great tips and tutorials that will take your presentations to the next level.

Check out this video:


PowerPoint for Business Professionals – Nuts and Bolts Speed Training

Many of you remember Taylor Croonquist as a frequent contributor and webinar presenter for PresentationXpert. His company, Nuts and Bolts offers in-depth intense videos on anything PowerPoint. Their “What’s the Point” learning series delivers how-to tips and tricks on animation, charts, PowerPoint cheats, and more. I wanted to share one of my favorites with you: Episode 3 of the series – Chunky Monkey.

Interesting Videos:
Joe Lewis: Where is Storytelling Going Next?

Joe Lewis is known for pushing the edge of technology and hopes to change how we watch television. He seems to have jumped on the “storytelling” bandwagon and shares his views. Worth watching this:  Joe Lewis – Where is Storytelling Going Next? (Future Of Storytelling 2016) from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

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So go exploring on your own and discover your own gems. And let us know what you find.



Adding Live, Real-Time Web Pages to Your Presentations

Have you ever wanted to demonstrate a live website during a PowerPoint presentation? But you don’t want to show your desktop or gopicture2 out of show mode in PowerPoint. Sometimes the content or message is more useful if you can show your audience information from a website. You could always use a screen shot with a hyperlink but that is like crossing your fingers and hope it works.

I work with high-tech clients, many of whom like to demo their technology during a webinar, showing proof of concept, or during a presentation. Often that means getting out of show mode and going to another application like Chrome or Bing to log onto their website or platform. It looks awkward and unprofessional each time they had to switch back and forth. They are often tearing their hair out in frustration.

In PowerPoint 2016, you can add a web page by inserting a screen shot then adding a hyperlink. It is easy. Just follow these steps:

#1: Choose Insert Screenshot.


#2: Choose an existing screenshot or do a screen clipping – one of the most useful applications in Windows.


#3: Resize the screenshot to the size you want


#4: Then, right-click on the picture and choose hyperlink. Add the hyperlink.



#5: Go to Slide Show – you will see the cursor change to the icon for hyperlinked item.


#6: Click the picture and you will open the website. But it will take you out of PowerPoint.

Hint: You can use ALT-TAB to get back to PowerPoint but it takes finesse

Although you can add a web page to PowerPoint, the process of doing it is not for the faint of heart! And it often doesn’t work! There had to be a simpler way.

Meet LiveWeb, a free add-in for PowerPoint that makes this painless and offers you easy-to-manage options. You can add web pages into a PowerPoint and then refresh them real time during your presentation so it is always current and up-to-date. And you stay in the PowerPoint slide show. What if you are online or your internet connection is slower than you like? Well, this program works with your local drive as well. Just specify what document, or path you will be storing the information. And it pulls it from there. And you don’t have to write any code.


No matter what you’re giving a presentation about, sometimes it can be useful to show your audience information from the internet. You could always create a screenshot of the web page you’re demonstrating, but chances are the screenshot may be out of date by the time you give your presentation.

Here’s how you can insert a live web page into a PowerPoint presentation so you can show the exact content you’re talking about.

LiveWeb adds two actions to your PowerPoint “Insert” Menu. One lets you create the URL link and then define the size and placement of the LiveWeb window on your slide. And the second one guides you through how to edit the page property, if you need to. And it is quick and easy to use – a great reason to download it.

So what does it really do? Well, once you set up the web page, it works its magic behind the scene. it captures the web browser control manually and it writes the code to update the web pages within its control during the slide show. We tested it during several webinars and it worked great!




slide3Your slideshow now resembles a full-screen browser without toolbar controls. In fact, to use the commands for browsing, you have to right click on the browser object. You can change the properties of the web page slide anytime from the Edit Page Property button on the Live Web menu. The size of the inserted web page can be changed by dragging the corner handles of the browser object. You can use the remaining area of the slide for inserting any other PowerPoint element.

There is a downside to using LiveWeb. You cannot package this up to share unless the receiving computer also has Live Web. Otherwise, there is a black box where the web page is. I have used Camtasia or GoToWebinar to package it as a recording and that works but obviously, the web page is not live or searchable. It is still worth downloading.

How to Build a Website Framework Using PowerPoint

Moving a website from one provider to another crashed the website. So we took the opportunity to create a new, improved framework. Our goal was to find a way to build a visual website framework that our web designer could use to visually see and emulate as he built the website.

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I looked at a lot of framework applications and most were cumbersome and not easy to use. I would have to learn a new software and the learning curve looked like it would take time I was looking for a way to create a website that was easy to build and still rich in information. I need a sandbox where I could move elements around, playing with different looks and navigation. I am a visual person and I needed that option. Creating an outline in Word just wasn’t enough to get things moving in the right direction.

One of our subscribers suggested I look at PowerMockup, a wireframe and mockup add-in for PowerPoint. It includes a collection of over 400 line icons, 27 annotations, 17 mouse cursor options, placeholder picture icons, touch gestures which are common hand gestures you might use on a smartphone or tablet, over 75 Windows desktop shapes such as navigation, content, input, and system shape and over 100 shapes to build low-fidelity wireframes and more.

You have the perfect sandbox to sketch user interfaces for the web and for mobile. My website developer loved that they had a Bootstrap Wireframe. It is commonly used for creating HTML, CSS pages and more. It took me less than an hour to create the framework I needed for the website I needed to build. And the best part, it was an add-in to PowerPoint.

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What I really love about this add-in id that they provide an extensive collection of user-interface elements and icons, built our PowerPoint shapes. No new software to use. And with these elements simplify the process you need to use to easily create prototypes of mobile and web applications. And the best part, you can do it all for inside PowerPoint.

This add-in is $59 but I tried the free trial first to make sure I liked and I did. It is now on my QAT in PowerPoint. If you want to see it in action, watch the video below.

[Recording] Webinar Bootcamp: Proven Steps to Success

Ready to build stronger relationships with your customers and prospects? Looking for opportunities to connect with your audience at a deeper level? It’s easy and cost-effective with live webinars. And your key to success is in the planning, setup, and execution.

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You learn:

– How to structure your webinar content for maximum time efficiency
– Best practices to set up your equipment, camera, and monitors
– How to use modern webinar tools to engage your audience


James Hilliard
Executive Webcast Producer & Moderator
Hilly Productions



James Hilliard is a professional moderator and broadcaster who brings lively and engaging content to high-tech and business professionals at companies worldwide. He has been speaking with business and technology leaders since 1999 about business trends, what’s on the horizon, and what it means to them professionally and personally.

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