Are you a PowerPoint User?
While at my day job a few weeks ago, I received a request asking about taking a PowerPoint presentation and adding a narrative to be recorded. After asking a plethora of questions, I realized recording the video seemed a great idea.
A PowerPoint Feature I’d Never Used
Okay, I knew that with the newer versions of PowerPoint have that feature, but the request struck me as a challenge. And I couldn’t admit I’d never looked into this before. After checking with a couple of our IT types, I realized they knew less about the “how-to” of PowerPoint than I do after using it for many years. Oh well. What to do now?
When in doubt about any Office product, just search it. If you’re interested, click here to go to Microsoft’s help page on this subject. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/turn-your-presentation-into-a-video-c140551f-cb37-4818-b5d4-3e30815c3e83
PowerPoint in My Business?
It looks now like PowerPoint presentations may become an important segment of my business. Here’s how it happened. In that request I mentioned above, they wanted to pull the recording and save it to their intranet home page. That way the recording could be presented at a later date. I’m not going to bore you with the details. Suffice it to say recording the PowerPoint itself became the answer. The issue became downloading a saved recording through our learning environment. It just took too long having to be downloaded in real-time. So when I heard PowerPoint had recording capabilities, I found several ways to use it.
Okay – How do I do this?
What does this have to do with my home business? I didn’t realize at the time how this would help my business. In retrospect, when the light bulb flashed over my head, I also felt I should have thought of this before. So when I received an email from a friend who had a PowerPoint presentation to give to 26 people last week, I thought this might be the way to test my theory. My friend had been tasked with taking a presentation to the next level. Her boss wanted the presentation to be a “class” with a quiz at the end. At her request, he’d just purchased a license to Adobe Connect and spent the better part of a week watching videos about the things you could do with it. Now, my friend was great at creating the slides and doing outlines of what she wanted to be said with the slides. Also, her virtual events always received 95% or higher survey evaluations at conclusion.
My self-imposed word count just won’t let me go into everything I actually did for this group by the end of the project. Let’s just say, there’s a whole new area to explore. So, this company agreed to pay me a handsome fee for using skills I developed while working a day job, along with new skills I’ve learned recently.
Now, with these newly acquired skills, and the serendipitous request from my friend, I now offer something new in my business that uses my writing skills combined with my favorite virtual learning environments and PowerPoint.
Use You Software Skills to Enhance Your Business!
Don’t put aside your abilities with software you might take for granted. Other folks out there in companies big and small will actually pay you to use those skills on a contract basis. Why? Who knows.