Tuesday, February 27, 2007
(US News) Mitt Romney, the former Bay State guv now running third in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, doesn't use a BlackBerry or even carry a cellphone. But that's not to say he's not a techie geek. In fact, he's proving to be just the kind of wonk that would make Microsoft's Bill Gates giddy at an issues lunch.
Here's the deal: Romney is the first-ever presidential candidate to haul out a PowerPoint presentation at campaign events. He did it recently while addressing the Detroit Economic Club, and the audience went nuts for it. "It was amazing," an auto exec tells us. "I mean he didn't just make claims. He had the graphs to back him up!"
The idea was the candidate's and was a textbook presentation outlined in classic fashion: It opened with the "Intro," wrapped up under the title "Close," and finished with an "End" on Page 21. In between were graphs that Romney tried to soften with descriptions of lines like "squiggle."
PowerPoints, says spokesman Kevin Madden, "speak to the competency that [Romney] exudes and the authoritative nature of his understanding of the issues." Plus, he says, the boss just digs them-and is a great presenter. "He's the PowerPoint president. Very few people could pull this off and not look wonkish." And the Mitt-tech doesn't end there: He's started Mitt TV and raises cash on ComMitt, a computer fundraising program.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Ok, go look at that link. These are the TOP Tips from Microsoft to improve productivity....
P.S. Remember: If you aren't having FUN everyday and joyous in what you are doing - hey email me. firstname.lastname@example.org - there's something more to experience. you just need to know how!
Saturday, February 24, 2007
From personal experience, I can tell you that the #1 way I get business is from referrals. One of my secrets for doing that, is by building customer relationships.
Did you know that a greeting card is opened 11 times more than any other piece of mail? The top lady in Mary Kay sends out 3 handwritten cards a day! And in the Corporate world, 90% of the top earners in any company send out thank you cards and other cards daily.
That’s why I am such a huge fan of thank you notes. Makes sense folks. Give gratitude for the people who helped you learn something or showcase something or for simply helping you.
Jack Canfield in his new book : The Principles of Success points out a fairly logical question you should ask to everyone you come into contact with - here it is: On a scale of 1 - 10, how would you rate me (as a teacher, as a presenter, as a manager, as an employee etc.) and then ask WHY? That way, you learn what your shortcomings are and can begin to improve.
Learning to become something better ALWAYS feels wonderful.
I know this wasn't about PowserPoint, so forgive me - just an important lesson I wanted to share with you!
Have a great week!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
(Good reading for your Monday morning!) :)
1. ComputerWorld's Review
2. A Review from a Beta-Tester
3. CNET Editors' Review
4. ZDNet's Review
5. PC World's Review
6. PC Advisor (UK) Review
7. PC Magazine's Review
8. VNU Net (UK) Review
Lots of opinions but the general consensus is this - it's an awesome new game, y'all. You gotta experience it to see. Microsoft Office 2007 - upgrade your copy now!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Office Accounting Express 2007 helps small business owners and bookkeepers save time on everyday tasks and build their business through online sales, invoicing, and payment processes.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Faith Wempen has done it again with the new PowerPoint 2007 Bible But you'll get an additional bonus when you purchase the book - 500 free professional templates - including many from Brainy Betty!.
From the Back Cover
Make an impact on your audience with PowerPoint 2007 To deliver a compelling presentation to your audience, you need to get the most out of PowerPoint's powerful features. In this comprehensive guide to PowerPoint 2007, experienced author and trainer Faithe Wempen shows you how to do both. You'll get up to speed on PowerPoint's new interface and the Ribbon—while you also find out what contributes to a good presentation, such as choosing the right amount and style of information for your audience.
- Format with Layouts, Themes, and Master slides
- Integrate drawings, charts, or data from a variety of sources
- Get beyond bullet points and reading slides full of text and learn to engage your audience during your presentation
- Add sound effects, music, animation, and video
- Present from multiple monitors and separate computers
- Design interactive or self-running kiosk shows
- Use SmartArt to quickly turn plain text into graphics
- Create professional-looking charts with a few mouse clicks
- Use any shape as a photo frame, and use WordArt for text effects
What's on the CD-ROM?
You'll find more than 500 professionally designed PowerPoint templates and backgrounds that you can use in your own PowerPoint presentations.
Please see Appendix C for details.
Also in the Book
Four special project labs highlight complete presentations that show a variety of ways to create content.
- Presenting Content Without Bulleted Lists
- Creating the Illusion of Movement with Static Graphics
- Designing a Menu-Based Navigational System
- Creating a Classroom Game
Thursday, February 01, 2007
this new version is the shizznick.
so many cool new features and the graphical interface is simply awesome. some of the things I found MOST intriguing about Office 2007ad VISTA - the new operating system:
the search interface rocks. I really do believe i will shave off hours and hours this year trying to find stuff on my system -very smart.
the ribbon RULES. if you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that i was wary about this. however, when i saw it in action, i must say - it is indeed better than the old menu system.
the EXCEL graphs, tables and charts - this was too cool for words - the stuff you could do point and click. no longer is the need to be a number hound to understand your data!
the PowerPoint features: well, all I can say, is step OFF apple keynote - you have serious competition on your hands. you'll find GORGEOUS new presentations this year and the years to come thanks to the 2007 version.
OUTLOOK 2007 - simply rocks the darn ship altogether especially with business contact manager and microsoft accounting 2007. can ya tell i am excited? no punctuation in this entire blogpost! and.... integration with paypal and ebay and equifax? are ya kiddin me? can you say "lotsa stay-at-home entrepreneurs are going to flip over this??"
and VISTA - well, let's just say i am lookinf for once FORWARD to upgrading my system this year to accomodate this o/s. it's not only beautiful, but extremely functional as well.
kudos to microsoft. a lot of planning went into this. i can't wait to implement this new version.