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Microsoft’s Presentation Translator Uses AI to Enhance PowerPoint Design

The pursuit of artificial intelligence, or AI, has evolved since researchers built machines to mimic humans in the post-WWII era. After Alan Turing dismantled the machine-building approach in favor of computer programming, developments on the AI frontier increased. Most recently, Microsoft announced their use of AI to improve PowerPoint design capabilities. Inspired by Star Trek’s Universal Translator, a team of Microsoft employees...

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Presentation Tips: How to Harness Hope and Build a Platform

Hope. It’s the message former President Barack Obama constructed his first presidential campaign around. And when he clinched the 2008 Presidential Election from John McCain, he echoed the same hopeful theme. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight...

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The Advantages of Being a Part of a Public Speaking Community

Population 19,163. The number of people who currently call Shelbyville, Indiana home. Although I live in Nashville now, I count myself among the 19,000. As small as the midwestern town is, the sense of belonging a person who lives there feels is palpable. Shelbyville, in and of itself is a community for me. Whenever I visit, I know I’ll run into individuals I trust and who trust me. Rarely do I have to censor my words or tiptoe...

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Presentation Storytelling Techniques for Foreshadowing Your Message

“Salvation lies within.” That’s what Warden Nortan says to newly-minted inmate Andy Dufresne while handing him a Bible when he arrives at the prison. The scene near the beginning of Shawshank Redemption foreshadows the plot outcome – introducing future events, but withholding the details until the end of the movie. Authors, writers, marketers, and presenters use foreshadowing to give their audiences a taste of the main dish...

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3 Presentation Skills For Holding Power as a Presenter

Like 16-50% of the population, I am an introvert. When I am able to enjoy time alone, my energy stores stock up in preparation for the next social interaction. As I continue to navigate the business world, I notice the areas where my introversion affects my ability to project strength on an issue or communicate an idea. During Monday morning staff meetings, I catch myself forming a valuable thought, but choosing, instead, to remain...