WordPress Stats PowerPoint Template

Have you ever found yourself needing to show your WordPress statistics in a presentation?  Well the easiest option is of course simply to print screen the statistics page.  however, if you are looking for something along those lines, well here’s today’s Friday’s Freebie!

Wordpress stats

Feel free to use this dashboard for anything you wish.  The word cloud unfortunately isn’t editable, but you can easily make your own using your most popular tags and wordle.com.

Hope it’s useful!

+Alesandra Blakeston

Blurs and image effects

For those blessed few who have access to Adobe Photoshop – you are probably already aware of gaussian blurs and motion blurs.  In fact, you probably use them regularly!  For those of us who don’t, instagram and other mobile apps have now granted us access and a few of us have been having fun.

My post today though, isn’t how to generate these kinds of blurs, but instead, how these blurs can help you to make effective presentations.  I give the 2 examples below:

quote quote 2

What I was trying to do was to illustrate the following quote: “We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.”  I searched for appropriate pictures that would match the essence of the quote, I changed fonts, and I repositioned the text, all to no avail!  No matter what I did, I couldn’t make it work.  So I blurred the image.

Slide8 Slide3

I leave it to you to decide which you prefer.  The first image has a motion blur applied.  It gives a sense of adventure.  The second image has a gaussian blur.  You can still vaguely see the image behind it, though I will probably tweak that blur a little and reposition the text some more before finalizing the presentation.  The idea though is that you get the idea of travelling to a tropical island.

There are probably hundreds of different blurs out there now and you can alter the settings of most to get the most out of the blur effect.  If you don’t have access to photo editing apps with blurs, then I suggest you visit this site: cellsea.com.  There are five basic blurs in there along with a lot of other tools.  It may not be the best site, but it’s free and I like it!  You can see the blur, gaussian, and motion blurs effects on each picture in this presentation.

Enjoy!

+Alesandra Blakeston

Made to stick

Once again I saw an amazing SlideShare in my feed this morning!  I have to say that since LinkedIn took over SlideShare, the content has improved dramatically!

This SlideShare, by Happy Marketer Private Ltd, is based on Chip & Dan Heath’s bestseller ‘Made to Stick’.  The deck illustrates how to make our own messages “stick” by applying 6 simple rules or SUCCES.  It contains YouTube videos and case-studies from McDonalds Gol! World Cup Brasil commercial, P&G’s #LikeAGirl campaign, Dumb Ways to Die and more. Overall a really effective presentation.  You could even call it sticky!

Enjoy

+Alesandra Blakeston

What is innovation?

I’ve been in my current role for 10 months now and have learned a lot about innovation as a result. One thing that I have noticed, is that there are many different definitions out there for innovation.  DBD International has one definition in the slideshare below, which really caught my eye.  Not only is it a great example of animation, it tells a great story and defines innovation easily and quickly!

Do you see the dots that other’s don’t see?

How would you define innovation?

+Alesandra Blakeston

Free PowerPoint template – Photo Jigsaw

Thank goodness it’s Friday!  To celebrate, I thought I would put together a Friday Freebie.  This week, it’s a PowerPoint template.  You can download it here.

Three slides in total and 3 different jigsaws for you to use:

  • 2 x 2
  • 3 x 3
  • 4 x 3

You can also reuse the pieces to make other sized jigsaws as well.

To change the jigsaw to show one of your own pictures, simply click on a jigsaw piece.  From the Home tab of the ribbon, click on the small down arrow of the drawing group.

down arrow

Then click on the “Fill” tab of the pop up menu box that appears.  Click on the “File” button and navigate to the picture you want to use. Double click the picture and the fill will change.

format pictureThen without pressing the close button, click on the next piece of the jigsaw and repeat the action.  Keep going until all the pieces have been changed and then press the close button.

And that is it!  You can download the freebie here.

+Alesandra Blakeston

 

 

 

What are your presentation fears

Do you create great PowerPoint or Keynote slides?  If not, why not?  This SlideShare by Esprezo looks at 5 of the main fears people have when making presentations that lead them to creating just awful slides.  What’s your greatest presentation fear?

  1. Fear of short content
  2. Fear of simplistic design and whitespace
  3. Fear of experimenting
  4. Fear of stealing from others
  5. Fear of feedback

Hope it helps!

+Alesandra Blakeston

Hover over events in PowerPoint

I’m not a big fan of animations and transitions in PowerPoint.  That being said, I do like interactivity!  So I thought I would post a quick tip on adding Mouse Hover Over Events / Actions in PowerPoint.  You can download a finished version here

Step 1: Create your content

Note: I’m using an older template Green Theme, which I uploaded a while back.  You can use any template you wish!

Let’s imagine that you want to create 4 interactions.  This means 4 objects on one slide that you want the user to interact with.  I’ve created four hexagons, but you can use text fields as well. Don’t forget to add some text explaining how the user should interact with the slides

4 interactions

Then create one slide each for each of your user interactions.  Add a back button onto slide 2: Insert > Shapes > Action Buttons > Back

Slide2Once you’ve got your presentation ready, it’s time to add the interaction

Step 2: Remove the navigation

Go back to your first slide.  Click on Transitions on the ribbon and deselect both options to advance the slide.  Repeat for slides 2 – 5

advance slide

Then in normal view, select slides 2 – 4 and hide them.  This will ensure that the user cannot accidentally use the navigation

 Step 3: Add the interaction on slide 1

Click on the first shape you wish to add the interaction to.  As mentioned earlier, I have used the four hexagons on slide 1

With the shape selected (note, you cannot do this to groups!), click on Insert >Action

insert action

In the menu box that appears, click on the “Mouse Over” tab.  Select “Hyperlink to:”

mouse overClick on the drop down menu box, and choose “Slide” and then in the menu pop-up menu that appears choose the slide you wish to navigate to. Then press the OK button on both menu boxes

slideRepeat this for each interaction

Step 4: Add the return interaction

Go to slide 2 and click on the Action button you added.  Insert an action as before, only this time make sure that “Mouse Click” is chosen rather than “Mouse Over”.  Again, choose slide and this time pick the first slide.  To save time, you can then copy and paste this button onto slides 3 – 5

Put your presentation into slideshow mode and test!

And that’s it!  Hope you find it useful!

+Alesandra Blakeston

 

 

7 Sites For Free and Beautiful Public Domain Photos

Great SlideShare by Kapost detailing several sites that I didn’t know with public domain photos!

Enjoy

+Alesandra Blakeston

 

The Future of Work

Just loving the bold bright design of this SlideShare by SprintBiz:

http://www.slideshare.net/SprintBiz/future-of-work-35928727

In addition to the great design, it has some really powerful messages:

  • When we go to work, we look for meaning; for autonomy; for recognition and affirmation.
  • And yes, for fun.
  • Only when you’ve hired the right people… Then – and only then – can you think about how to deploy new technology and to reinvent work
    • New collaboration tools can turbo-charge your teams.
    • New data, analytics and tracking tools can make you smarter.
    • Better tech can improve every process.
  • Change.  How well can you pivot?
  • Competition.  If they zig, can you zag?
  • Complexity.  Who will be the first to lighten up and simplify?
  • [It] always comes down to how well you engage your people.

What do you think?  Do you agree? +Alesandra Blakeston