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Hello, everyone!

I have a question in regards to using Power Point. Don't laugh (well, you can if you'd like! ) I have not had the need to use this program in the past, but have gone in and played around from time to time just out of curiousity. I now have a client who is going to forward me presentations here and there for editing. I have already done 2 for her (edits), but I got stuck and had to look up a few things. I want to know this program well and want to know of a good resource for a tutorial or somewhere I can go to learn and practice more.

Any ideas from those of you who are PP experts would be very much appreciated!

Thank you so much!
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Hello Michelle,
Have you looked for video tutorials on YouTube? I always find great information there. Just type in Powerpoint tutorials in the search box. I learn better when someone shows me how to do something as opposed to reading it in a book or manual. YouTube has helped me many times. You should check it out.
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Hi Michelle,

You're not the only one who isn't proficient with Powerpoint. I've only had to use it once, so I don't know much about it either. Anyway, here is a tuturial from Microsoft:
http://www.bcschools.net/staff/PowerPointHelp.htm

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Thank you, ladies! I feel better.

I have looked up the tutorials online just by doing a search. Never thought of YouTube! GREAT idea!!

Thank you for the link, Carol. That will help me a lot, too.

Have a wonderful evening, ladies!
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Hi Michelle, I've always found the Microsoft site is quite good with tutorials and how to's. You can find instructions for the version you have (for example I have 2003, so I don't want to know how to do things in 2007). Even just Google 'free tutorials PowerPoint' will probably bring up a heap. I was lucky enough in my old corporate life I convinced them to send me to advanced training but now I don't use it very often, except to play and send birthday presentations to friends! Good luck - it's fun to play in PowerPoint.

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Hi Michelle,

I have often used Microsoft discussion groups. The website is broken into each of the applications and questions logged and answered by the MVP's (Microsoft Valued Professionals). Often, just reading through the questions and answers will give me ideas or you can always post a specific question and await an answer from the MVP or other members.

I really enjoy using powerpoint and have found that being "thrown curve balls" by my employers/clients has often challenged my skill level. It's the best way to learn!

Good luck.
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Hi Michelle,
HP has some free basic classes for Powerpoint.

I use the discussion groups as well when stuck or need more information.

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Thank you for all of your help! I appreciate it!
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I found this to be helpful. I have used 2003 in the past and now have 2007. It has been a good resource for me. I hope it will help.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/tr...565001033.aspx
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If you get stuck, please feel free to PM me -- I've done quite a bit in PP and would be happy to help if I can.
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Thank you for the link CherichR!

I thank you for your kindness, Karen! I very much appreciate it!!

And, Marie...what a great way to learn and play with PP - by doing birthday presentations for fun!

You've ALL been very helpful!
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I too needs some basic course in Powerpoint and those links surely help especially those video tutorials.
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I was never impressed with PPT. Oh, it was ok, but I didn't think it did much. All I ever used it for was to make hard copy presentations. Then a friend of mine showed me what she does with it & I gained a whole new respect for the application! Her company paid for her to take some classes, but you can find plenty of online help. Also, there are some books with good reviews on Amazon that are under $20. And your library might have some too.

Good luck with your endeavor!
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Hi Michelle -

You can also PM me. I am very proficient with PowerPoint. One thing to keep in mind is that while you can learn the mechanics from tutorials, etc. - you also need to learn style, aesthetics, proper use of space, how to make a presentation effective to the viewers, etc.

You probably already know this...but just as an example in what I mean by effectiveness is - for instance, you never want to put a long paragraph on a PowerPoint. However, many speakers and presenters sometimes want to put something up that they just read from. So as their VA you could add benefit to them by not only doing the PowerPoint for them, but teaching them the proper use.

Hope this helps.

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Thank you for your replies! Truly A LOT to take into consideration while learning. Now I just have to figure out when I'm going to have the time to do that! LOL


Have a great weekend!!

P.S. ...and don't be surprised if you hear from me, Pam (and anyone else who is a true guru. I just might take you up on it!)
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Absolutely girl - ANYTIME. Enjoy your weekend too.
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Hi Michelle,
Microsoft has excellent tools for training. Just like anything else once you do it a couple of time you'll be an old pro. Hang in there.

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I agree! YouTube.com is an excellent resource for almost anything. Good Luck!
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Hi MichelleJ,

I am extremely experienced with PowerPoint and as A-ZKaren has offered, you can also feel free to ask me for help if you need it. You can skype me at Jody_Higgins and I will be more than happy to help at a moments notice (I am almost always working at my desk during business hours of 9 to 5'ish).

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Hi, Jody!

This was an old post of mine, but I really appreciate your offer to help!! I would love to go ahead and add you over at Skype, if you don't mind, anyway. Always great to stay connected!
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