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7 Steps to improve your presentation skills

Consider the purpose of the presentation. Are you trying to entertain, educate, shock, support, or sell a product or service? Know your audience, the presentation is for the benefit of your audience. Think about what will resonate with them most. Think of the demographics of who you are presenting too. Content and delivery will be based on the audience. Will you use pictures, videos, etc. Will the tone be serious, funny, sad, or a combination of all three? Preparing for your delivery is to practice as much as your can. Ask a person to assist you in critiquing your presentation. Record yourself, take notes, and make corrections. Don’t look down too much, practice breathing techniques. Opening of your presentation is important. Warming up your voice is important, use specific words to repeat, think of your stance, and remember to smile. Give an ice breaker, by asking a question to engage the audience. Speak slowly and remember to pause. Make eye contact, and project your voice to the back of your audience. Watch and adjust as you are engaged with your audience, pay attention to nonverbal actions, adjust accordingly. Try to get the audience reengaged if they seem not interested or distracted. Closing of your presentation is just as important as the opening. Conclude with a summary of key points, give them points on how to get involved, and remember to thank...

Microsoft Windows 10 Fall 2017 Creator Update: Ransomware Protection

There have been many new features that have been introduced with the new 2017 Windows Creator Update. Some features pertain to social aspects, others are for creativity, but Microsoft has also mentioned that it had hardened security, and add protection against ransomware in the new 2017 Fall Creator Update.  This new feature is called the “controlled folder access” feature. This feature prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders. The main goal is to safeguard data from any ransomware infections that manage to get by third-party antivirus software. In order to activate the feature, you have to enable it through the Windows Defender Security Center App. You can access it by opening the virus and threat protection screen within Defender. From here, the user can switch on the controlled folder access option to make the feature active. Enterprise users, and administrators, can also be activate the feature through PowerShell, Group Policy, and MDM configurations. When the feature is active, essential directories such as the documents folder, are locked off from any malicious application that wants to encrypt files to hold them ransom, or even destroy them. By default, the usual folders such as Documents, Pictures, and Videos, folders will be protected by the controlled folder access feature, but it is not just limited to these folders. Other folders besides the document's folder can also be protected using this feature. Microsoft explained, ” This feature protects your files from tampering, in real-time, by locking folders so that ransomware and other unauthorized apps can't access them. It's like putting your crown jewels in  a safe whose key only you...

How to Create a Slide with a Chart/Graph in Microsoft PowerPoint

First you need to open a blank slide in PowerPoint.   2. Next click the insert tab in the ribbon. In the Illustrations section, click the Chart tab.   3. A new Window will open, here you can choose the type of chart or graph you wish to insert, such as column, line, pie bar, etc.   4. When you choose one, it will be inserted into the slide, it will also open up a worksheet where you can enter your data, such as category and titles , and any other data. In this example I edited the data to represent Month’s for the Category. Rain, and Snow as the data being measured in inches. This of course is not accurate and only an example of how the data can be changed to your needs. Once you have finished your data, you can than continue with changing the look of the chart.   5. When you insert a chart, small buttons appear next to its upper-right corner. Use the Elements button, which looks like a + sign, to show or hide things such as the axis titles, or data labels. You can also use the Chart Style button that looks like a paint brush, to quickly change the color or style of the chart. The last button at the bottom of the other 2 buttons is the Chart Filter button, and is a more advanced option that shows or hides data in your chart.   6. In the ribbon, when the chart is selected, there are more options than just the quick buttons on the chart. Here you can...