You Inc – Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan (Part 1)

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Slideshop

By Sonia M. Farace, MSEL – Master of Science in Executive Leadership

Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” – Jay Danzie

Today’s marketplace is different by far from what it was few years ago. The rapid pace of evolving technologies certainly makes these exciting times. Unfortunately, many schools are failing to prepare their grads for a marketplace where many of the old rules of doing business no longer apply. Those who’ve been in the in the marketplace for years, but are now looking toward a new stage in their careers are finding out that it’s become harder to stand out from the crowd. All this brings these questions to mind: How can you efficiently develop a career in an ever-changing economy? How can you get yourself noticed and get ahead? Read more

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The Easy Secret to Engaging Your Audience

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Dan Rose Johansen

Do you know the easy secret to engage your audience? If you don’t, then watch this quick video.

How to make your audience listen from Slideshop on Vimeo.

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Why Stock Photos Make a Presenter’s Life Easier

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Slideshop

stock photos

Keeping a stock of good quality photos on file comes in very handy when it’s time to prepare for a presentation. Many speakers use visuals to avoid using too much text, and to prevent monotony. There are even times when an image alone is enough to put a message across. As you know, images can convey powerful meanings, and their emotional appeal can enhance audience learning and retention rates. Read more

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The 30 Most Important Minutes in Your Life as an Educator

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Slideshop

As an educator, you are a source of information and a learning facilitator. You design your curriculum, plan your lessons, and continuously work to perfect your delivery style and improve your performance in the classroom. You may also be expected to conduct research, contribute to policy formulation, and perform other services for your institution.

If you’ve been in the academic world for very long, you most likely understand that a teacher can never stop learning. You have to embrace each new challenge as an opportunity for growth, for the sake of your students, fellow teachers, and school. The moment you say, “I’m too good (or too old, etc.) to learn more” is the moment your effectiveness begins to decline.

To help you in expanding and sharpening your skills as an educator, we’d like to share three inspiring TED talks. We encourage you to set aside about 30 minutes to watch them – the speakers offer practical advice and healthy doses of inspiration. And these just might prove to be the 30 most important minutes of your life as an educator.

3 Rules to Spark Learning

Ramsey Musallam, a chemistry teacher, learned three lesson-planning rules out of some practical wisdom shared by his vascular surgeon. For example, he concluded that the educator’s primary role is to stir students’ curiosity.

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And Slideshop’s Halloween Treat Goes to…

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Slideshop

The long wait is over. We are finally announcing our Halloween Contest winner today!

Halloween Facebook Contest

Using a third-party app, our randomly-picked winner is Joe Pertl, and here is the winning suggestion:

Building a presentation pack that includes navigation elements from initial primary screens that can take you to multiple topics and then slides within each topic. In essence a one-stop-shop for your business that means you don’t have to stick to the normal linear PPT progression. So, you could use the same pack for different audiences/customers and change which slides are presented each time. This is because you can navigate wherever you like within the pack from buttons that are interlinked to other slides and content. Think of it like a phone switchboard network where calls can be transferred up, down, across, backwards and forwards anywhere someone needs to go in an organisation without having to hang up.

Congratulations, Joe! Please send an email to and we’ll reply with instructions for claiming your 3-month FREE membership with Slideshop, worth $299! Read more

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Speech Ideas – Where to Find Them?

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Slideshop

Speech ideas

Have you ever been invited to give a speech, but felt you had nothing important to talk about? Have you found yourself clueless about how to structure a speech because you’re uncertain about its content? Are you having difficulty coming up with facts, stories or jokes that will interest your audience?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you’re in a big trouble. As emphasized in many blogs about presenting, including ours, content is the most important element of your speech. If your content isn’t good, you will certainly lose your credibility as a speaker. Read more

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Do You Know You Can Get Free Excel Templates?

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Slideshop

Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft Excel has remained one of the most widely used software programs because of the simple utility of its core features. In spite of today’s broad and continual advances in technology, reliable old Excel is still frequently used in making spreadsheets, tables and graphs, as well as for calculations even database programming. Three of the more probable reasons for Excel’s enduring popularity are:

  • User-friendliness – Anyone can use Excel. Unless you need complicated macro solutions, you don’t have to consult an IT expert to do get things done.
  • Versatility – Excel’s uses are almost limitless. Whether you’re a budget-conscious traveler keeping track of expenses, a finance manager creating reports for the board, or student deep in a research project, Excel will almost surely do exactly what you need.
  • Availability  – Once you have an MS Office license and install the program (easy to obtain online or in any office supply store), it’s there for you whenever you need it. Read more

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Situational Leadership – When How Depends on Who

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Slideshop

How do you manage your subordinates at work? Do you give detailed instructions or do you let them use their own initiative? How do you make decisions in times of crisis? Do you consult colleagues or do you prefer to think things through on your own?

Leadership PowerPoint slide

Since everyone is unique, we expect different readers to have different answers to these questions. But while personal leadership styles may vary, Dr. Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard encourage leaders to adapt their approaches based on task complexity and people’s maturity. These two reputable authors call this theory Situational Leadership. Read more

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Differences between PowerPoint and Impress

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Slideshop

Impress vs PowerPoint

OpenOffice Impress is an affordable alternative to the popular Microsoft PowerPoint. While both programs have many similar features, it is good to know the differences between the two. If you need to choose which one best suits your needs, or to open a .ppt file with Impress, the table below can help you make decisions, and guide you in crafting your presentation. Read more

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8 Signs That Your Presentation Will Blow Your Audience Away

Posted on October 8, 2014 by Slideshop

Business Meeting

All serious presenters have one goal—to create an impact on the audience.  If you’re invited to present and you want to leave a positive impression, keep these 8 key points in mind as you build your presentation. Here they are—the 8 signs that your presentation will blow your audience away: Read more

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