PowerPoint Links


I’ve been thinking about doing a PowerPoint links post for a long
time. Communications is one of those skills that can really open new
doors for you in business, and being able to communicate your ideas in a
fresh way can make a big difference in your overall
effectiveness. Here are some of my favorite PowerPoint for Mac and general presentation resources and posts from around the net. There are many
more of course, but I picked these because the ideas behind most of
them are a little different than your standard, X bullets per slide,
X words per bullet, posts.

PowerPoint Articles and Tips at Mactopia

Here you’ll find dozens of tips and techniques specific to PowerPoint
2004 for Mac. There’s a lot of stuff here, so take some time to read
through it.

Sociable Media

Cliff Atkinson is the author of Beyond Bullet Points. I love this
book and Cliff has some unique ideas about how to create and present
a compelling presentation. Be sure to check out
the excellent articles
that Cliff has posted at the site. (They’re not as easy to find as
they probably should be.)

ProfCast

From the product site: ProfCast is a versatile, powerful, yet very simple to use tool for
recording lectures including PowerPoint and/or Keynote slides for
creating enhanced podcasts.
ProfCast is an excellent solution for
capturing audio with your presentation for later use as video podcasts.

Presentation Zen


From the site: Garr Reynolds’ blog on issues related to professional presentation
design.
Excellent presentation resource.

My Best Presentation Tricks

Solid presentation post
by Chris Brogan at
Lifehack.org.

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever

Once you have all the skills, check out the kinds of presentations
that people talk about for years afterword.

Finally, a little history. PowerPoint for Mac has been around for a
long, long time. Check out
this episode
of The Computer Chronicles from 1989. One of the more interesting things
to note is how far along projection technology has come. Imagine how
far ahead you had to plan to send your slides out to a service bureau before your presentation.

Comments (5)

  1. Rich says:

    I actually have a copy of PowerPoint Version 1.0 from the days before Microsoft bought it from Forethought! It’s another example of an excellent Mac-first program that Windows users claim as “their” own.

    I actually preferred Aldus Persuasion back in the day, but PowerPoint is ubiquitous these days, and for good reason, I suppose. And your point about projection technology is absolutely correct; I still have nightmares about producing slides through a service bureau, or even (*shudder*) attempting to use a certain company’s “Instant” slides.

    Ah, those were the days.

  2. RTX says:

    You forgot the best link of all.  🙂   Seth Godin’s “Really Bad Powerpoint and how to avoid it”:

    http://www.sethgodin.com/freeprize/reallybad-1.pdf

    It should be required reading before using powerpoint.  If you want to communicate effectively.  And it’s short, too!

  3. nadyne says:

    My all-time favourite PowerPoint presentation is "Yours is a Very Bad Hotel":

    http://www.hyperorg.com/misc/DoubleTreeShow_files/frame.html

  4. Asam Bashir says:

    Have you got any data on % Powerpoint users vs Keynote? I’d be interested in knowing numbers of people using Powerpoint for Mac OS X…

    Could Apple market and sell iLife 07 and iWork 07 for Windows? Just how many ITunes for Windows users are there?