5 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations

­We've all been there: the never-ending meeting. What started out as a potentially interesting presentation about a new start-up company has turned into "death by PowerPoint." When the presenter finally stops talking and the lights turn back on, all you can remember is that you almost fell asleep.

The following are some helpful tips for making the most out of a PowerPoint presentation:
1: Presentation First, PowerPoint Second
The biggest mistake people make when creating a PowerPoint presentation is that they make PowerPoint the presentation's focus. The focus should be on the presenter and on the compelling story that he has to tell. PowerPoint is most effective at providing supplementary information, like simple, colorful graphs, but should never be the main source of information. The worst thing a presenter can do is to turn around and read from the PowerPoint screen.
2: Tell a Story
The goal of any presentation is to sell the audience on an idea. It could be a pitch for investing in a new company, a plan for reorganizing a business or a proposal for a scientific research project. For the audience to understand the presentation on an intellectual as well as an emotional level, it needs to be told as a cohesive narrative -- a story. The audience needs to know three things:

•Where we are now
•Where we want to end up
•·How we're going to get there
PowerPoint slides should be used to communicate those three simple ideas. This is best accomplished by simple text statements, strong images and graphs.
3: Show It, Don't Write It
Human beings are highly visual learners. It's much easier for our brains to remember a strong, unique image than a series of facts and figures. PowerPoint is a great, easy-to-use program for creating dozens of different types of graphs and charts. Remember that the simpler and bigger the graph, the better. For example, if you want to drive home the point that Windows PCs control a large majority of the home computer market, show a pie chart with a huge chunk of the pie filled in with red and the word "PC." No matter how many stats you quote, this image will get the message home faster and will stick with the audience longer.
4: The Rule of 10
Guy Kawasaki -- former Apple "chief evangelist," venture capitalist and professional speaking guru -- has established his famous "Kawasaki Rule of Ten" in which he only uses 10 slides during a PowerPoint presentation, often in a "top 10" fashion. Those 10 slides generally consist of nothing more than a single sentence or phrase and a supporting image. The 10 slides give the audience powerful visual cues that reinforce the message that Kawasaki is communicating. And since the audience knows that there are only going to be 10 slides -- and 10 main points to cover during the presentation -- they know when the presentation is about to end. Which brings us to our final tip.
5: Keep it Short
No one ever complained about a PowerPoint presentation being too short. The second an audience gets bored and stops paying attention, the presentation loses its effectiveness. The audience not only stops processing new information, but begins to resent the presenter for wasting their time. Kawasaki, for example, thinks that an ideal PowerPoint presentation should last no longer than 20 minutes.

The True Value of Learning

Yogi Berra, that paragon of word manipulation, exposition and baseball, is often quoted as saying, "The future ain't what it used to be." And, surprisingly, so it is in the world of learning measurement. Training departments cannot be sustained based on how well they do against their training budgets. This only leads to the budget being cut on a year by year basis. If training is measured as an expense, so it shall be treated like an expense. That means it is the first to go when funds are needed elsewhere.

Read this article for more insights on how to measure training and learning in your organization.

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally owned and globally recognized direct English language test of the highest quality.

IELTS tests the complete range of English language skills, which will commonly be encountered by students when studying or training in the medium of English and for immigration purposes. All candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Everyone takes the same listening and speaking test but the reading and writing tests vary according to the module.

Where and when can i take an IELTS test?

British councils offices in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan and Quetta offer full testing facilities. It is not necessary to attend a preparation course though it is a good idea to prepare thoroughly beforehand at any suitable institution.
British Council Contact No.: 0800-22000

In addition to British Council Pakistan, Australian Education Office (AEO) is also conducting IELTS testing at Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad.
AEO Contact No.: 042 627 8936

How much will IELTS cost?

The standard IELTS fee is Rs. 8800. Candidates residing in cities where there is no IELTS center can submit their IELTS test fee through a bank draft of Rs 8800 drawn in favor of the appropriate British Council or AEO office.

Universities in Lahore ( Addresses, Contacts )

Virtual University
Address: Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 111 880 880
Email: registrar@vu.edu.pk
Website: http://www.vu.edu.pk

Preston University
Address: 179-A, Abubakar Block, New Garden Town, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5858745-8
E-Mail: lhr@prestonpak.edu.pk
Website: http://www.prestonpak.edu.pk

Iqra University Lahore
Address: 2-E-3 Main Boulevard,Gulberg III Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 111-264-264
Email: info@iqra-edu.com
Website: http://www.iqralhr.edu.pk/Iqra/Index.asp

University of Central Punjab
Address: 31-Main Gulberg, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5755314-7
Email: info@ucp.edu.pk
Website: http://www.ucp.edu.pk/

European University
Address: 33-Industrial Area, Gulberg III, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5871761-66
Email: info@euro.edu.pk
Website: www.euro.edu.pk

Forman Christian College
Address: Ferozepur Road, Lahore 54600
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-9231581-88
Email: info@fccollege.edu.pk
Website: http://www.fccollege.edu.pk/

The Minhaj University
Address: 365-M,Model Town Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5169120, 5166991
Email: info@tmu.edu.pk
Website: www.tmu.edu.pk

Beaconhouse National University
Address: 3-C Zafar Ali Road, Gulberg V, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 5718260-3
Email: info@bnu.edu.pk
Website: www.bnu.edu.pk

Hajvery University
Address: 43/52 Industrial Area ,Gulberg 3, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 111-777-007
Email: info@hajvery.edu.pk
Website: http://www.hajveryuniversity.com/

University of South Asia
Address: 47- Tufail Road, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-6672942-5
Email: info@usa.edu.pk
Website: www.usa.edu.pk

The University Of Lahore
Address: 1-KM Raiwind Road
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5411901
Email: info@uol.edu.pk
Website: http://www.uol.edu.pk

Newports University
Address: 4-A New Mulim Town, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5884237
Email: newports_lahore@hotmail.com
Website N/A

National College of Buisness Administration& Economics (NCBA&E)
Address: 40-E /1, Gulberg III
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5752716, 5752719, 5753430
Email: N/A
Website http://www.ncbae.edu.pk/

University of Education
Address: 92-D Model Town
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5881289
Email: se@ue.edu.pk
Website: http://www.ue.edu.pk/

National University (FAST)
Address: Block-B, Faisal Town, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 111 128 128
Email: N/A
Website: www.nu.edu.pk

Address: M.A.Jinnah Building Defense Road,Off Raiwind Road Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-9203102-10
Email: info@ciitlahore.edu.pk
Website: www.ciitlahore.edu.pk

University of Management And Technology (UMT)
Address: C-II, Johar Town
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5212801-10
Email: admissions@umt.edu.pk
Website: www.umt.edu.pk

Preston University Of Pakistan
Address: New Garden Town. Canal Road , Near Muslim Town Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5858745-9
Email: lhr@prestonpak.edu.pk
Website: www.prestonpak.edu.pk

Lahore University Of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Address: Opposite Sector U DHA 54792 Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: 042-5722670-9
Email: info@lums.edu.pk
Website: www.lums.edu.pk

Punjab University
Address: The University of the Punjab,
P.O.Box#: 54590, Lahore
City: Lahore
Phone: N/A
Email: vc@pu.edu.pk
Website: www.pu.edu.pk

How Much Power Does The Human Brain Require To Operate?

Simulating the brain with traditional chips would require impractical megawatts of power.According to Kwabena Boahen, a computer scientist at Stanford University, a robot with a processor as smart as the human brain would require at least 10 megawatts to operate. That's the amount of energy produced by a small hydroelectric plant. But a small group of computer scientists may have hit on a new neural supercomputer that could someday emulate the human brain's low energy requirements of just 20 watts--barely enough to run a dim light bulb. How the Neurogrid computer could completely overhaul the traditional approach to computers? It trades the extreme precision of digital transistors for the brain's chaos of many neurons firing, with misfires 30 percent to 90 percent of the time. Yet the brain works with this messy system by relying on crowds of neurons to shout over the noise of misfires and competing signals.