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Below are the most recent articles or resources I’ve published. If you are looking for help on a specific topics, it would best to look at the topics in my Articles archive as I have grouped my recent and best articles by topic there.

  • Add design flair to sequence diagrams in PowerPoint using shape techniques

    In my customized training courses I suggest that business professionals should create diagrams in PowerPoint using shapes instead of using SmartArt. One reason SmartArt is so popular is that it is quick and easy to add. The problem is that SmartArt is not very flexible and it takes control of what the visual will look… Continue reading Add design flair to sequence diagrams in PowerPoint using shape techniques

  • Showing skill level ratings; Slide Makeover #96

    Using visuals can sometimes be frustrating because of the time it takes to create them and the challenge of getting them to look good. This makeover demonstrates how you can use symbols and text in a single text box to quickly create a visual instead of the time it takes to create shapes and multiple… Continue reading Showing skill level ratings; Slide Makeover #96

  • Display Presenter View on correct screen; Issue #495 July 27, 2021

    In this newsletter I shared a solution to a common problem presenters have when using PowerPoint’s Presenter View with their laptop and an external screen: the slides show on their laptop instead of on the external screen. Click here for the article and video.

  • Fix PowerPoint Presenter View displaying the slides on the wrong screen

    The problem You are using PowerPoint Presenter View with your laptop and an external screen. You want the slides to show on the external screen and Presenter View on your laptop screen so you can see your notes and look at the webcam. But PowerPoint insists on putting the slides on the laptop and Presenter… Continue reading Fix PowerPoint Presenter View displaying the slides on the wrong screen

  • Create a portable meeting room video & audio solution for hybrid meetings using a Logitech webcam and the Poly Sync 60

    Business professionals are returning to the office but are now facing new challenges with hybrid meetings. When everyone was virtual, you used your own audio and webcam and everything worked well. Hybrid meetings will have some people in the room and some people attending virtually. This provides more challenges for transmitting and receiving the audio… Continue reading Create a portable meeting room video & audio solution for hybrid meetings using a Logitech webcam and the Poly Sync 60

  • Keeping your COVID vaccine proof receipt easy to find on your iPhone

    As the economy opens up and we are going to be going to places that require us to show proof of vaccination against COVID, here’s a way to keep that proof on your iPhone as a photo that is easy to find quickly when needed. Step 1: Save your receipt as a photo There are… Continue reading Keeping your COVID vaccine proof receipt easy to find on your iPhone

  • 3 ways leaders can make sure remote attendees in hybrid meetings feel included

    Recently LinkedIn asked myself and other experts to write a short article on how to make meetings better as we hold more hybrid meetings, where some people are in the room and some are attending remotely. Today I want to expand on the 3 ways leaders can make remote attendees feel included in the meeting… Continue reading 3 ways leaders can make sure remote attendees in hybrid meetings feel included

  • How to see the participants in a Teams meeting when you are sharing your screen or content

    One of the top requests of Teams meeting presenters is the ability to see the participant’s videos when they are sharing their screen. Seeing the videos allows you to get visual feedback on your presentation, which is helpful to a presenter. If you have two screens If you have two screens, the typical setup is… Continue reading How to see the participants in a Teams meeting when you are sharing your screen or content

  • Allow Teams meeting participants to draw on/annotate screen content using PowerPoint collaboration

    Zoom allows all meeting participants to annotate the screen that is being shared, regardless of what is being shared. The annotations identify who added the drawing or text. Teams does not allow any annotation by participants. This is one of the top requests from users but doesn’t appear to be on Microsoft’s roadmap to be… Continue reading Allow Teams meeting participants to draw on/annotate screen content using PowerPoint collaboration

  • Use the Presenter modes in a Teams meeting to put the presenter’s video on top of or beside shared content

    Microsoft Teams has recently introduced Presenter modes that allows you to put your video on top of or beside a screen or window that you share in a Teams meeting. This seems to work regardless of whether you share a window or a screen and the content can be slides, a browser, or any other… Continue reading Use the Presenter modes in a Teams meeting to put the presenter’s video on top of or beside shared content