About Author: Heather Ackmann

Description
Heather Ackmann is a PowerPoint MVP and globally-recognized instructional designer with 15+ years experience developing educational materials in virtual and face-to-face contexts, ranging from step-by-step processes for end-users to world-class professional support for fellow Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). She has produced, designed, and narrated 300+ hours of video-based training, and is the author of Conversational Office 2016, designed to introduce new Office features. The book is free to download compliments of www.conversationalgeek.com.

Posts by Heather Ackmann

  • I am thrilled to announce the release of a long-awaited course—PowerPoint: Designing Better Slides, published by Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. The course clocks in at 1h and 33m, so no…it […]

    PowerPoint: Designing Better Slides

    I am thrilled to announce the release of a long-awaited course—PowerPoint: Designing Better Slides, published by Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. The course clocks in at 1h and 33m, so no…it […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Over the years, I’ve read A LOT of books on the subject of PowerPoint, presentation design (or just design and usability in general), and the art of communication. Below are […]

    PowerPoint Books I Recommend

    Over the years, I’ve read A LOT of books on the subject of PowerPoint, presentation design (or just design and usability in general), and the art of communication. Below are […]

    Continue Reading...

  • Please note: this list is a work in progress. I will be adding to this list as time goes on, trying to add names from both the business and academic […]

    The Great Big List of People Who Write and Talk about PowerPoint

    Please note: this list is a work in progress. I will be adding to this list as time goes on, trying to add names from both the business and academic […]

    Continue Reading...

  • PowerPoint 3D Models are like shapes, only with the complete ability to rotate the shape a full 360 degrees, tilt up and down, and even make the 3D model appear […]

    Insert, Animate, and Export PowerPoint 3D Models

    PowerPoint 3D Models are like shapes, only with the complete ability to rotate the shape a full 360 degrees, tilt up and down, and even make the 3D model appear […]

    Continue Reading...

  • If you think that Office 365 is a constantly moving, ever-changing multi-headed hydra that just won't die, no matter how many times you slay it, never fear, you are not alone. There is comfort in community.

With that said, there are several articles out there that I often find helpful but I always have a hard time finding. Here they are...

    Office 365 Links That I Always Need But Can Never Find

    If you think that Office 365 is a constantly moving, ever-changing multi-headed hydra that just won't die, no matter how many times you slay it, never fear, you are not alone. There is comfort in community. With that said, there are several articles out there that I often find helpful but I always have a hard time finding. Here they are...

    Continue Reading...

  • This video course is a tab bit different from the video courses I usually create. Instead of showing you how to use software, or how to make your documents or slides more beautiful, I show you how to better deliver a unified message to a very specific audience, an audience that I've worked with for a number of years as a IT and end-user trainer. Basically, this course helps IT workers better communicate with their end-users, two audiences that I've been working as the go-between for a number of years.

    End-user Communications for Better IT

    This video course is a tab bit different from the video courses I usually create. Instead of showing you how to use software, or how to make your documents or slides more beautiful, I show you how to better deliver a unified message to a very specific audience, an audience that I've worked with for a number of years as a IT and end-user trainer. Basically, this course helps IT workers better communicate with their end-users, two audiences that I've been working as the go-between for a number of years.

    Continue Reading...

  • In December of 2016, Microsoft announced a new feature coming soon to Office 365 subscribers: Automatic Alt-text, part of a host of new features aimed at improving accessibility across the Microsoft Office applications.

    Automatic Alt-Text

    In December of 2016, Microsoft announced a new feature coming soon to Office 365 subscribers: Automatic Alt-text, part of a host of new features aimed at improving accessibility across the Microsoft Office applications.

    Continue Reading...

  • Late last night I learned that my course for Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning finally went live! The course is called PowerPoint 2016: Animation in Depth, and I have been dying to create this course for many, many years!

    PowerPoint 2016: Animation in Depth

    Late last night I learned that my course for Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning finally went live! The course is called PowerPoint 2016: Animation in Depth, and I have been dying to create this course for many, many years!

    Continue Reading...

  • Last summer, when Pokémon Go debuted, the world around me appeared to go crazy, at least according to local media. Reports of people wandering into traffic, car crashes, armed robbery, even people falling off cliffs in attempts to capture tiny cartoon “pocket monsters” appearing in the physical space around us, abounded (though I never witnessed these events personally).

What I did see was my suburban town of Schaumburg, IL transform from a place I liked living to a place I simply loved. I couldn’t wait to go outside, to the PokéStop-rich town square, not just to catch Pokémon, but to see, walk, and interact with neighbors I’d never met—who seemed to have been in hiding since I was a little girl.

    Why I Still Play Pokémon Go

    Last summer, when Pokémon Go debuted, the world around me appeared to go crazy, at least according to local media. Reports of people wandering into traffic, car crashes, armed robbery, even people falling off cliffs in attempts to capture tiny cartoon “pocket monsters” appearing in the physical space around us, abounded (though I never witnessed these events personally). What I did see was my suburban town of Schaumburg, IL transform from a place I liked living to a place I simply loved. I couldn’t wait to go outside, to the PokéStop-rich town square, not just to catch Pokémon, but to see, walk, and interact with neighbors I’d never met—who seemed to have been in hiding since I was a little girl.

    Continue Reading...

  • If you are a developer who teaches or who has a presentation coming up, then this app is one you need.

    Must-Have App for Developers

    If you are a developer who teaches or who has a presentation coming up, then this app is one you need.

    Continue Reading...

Page 2 of 812345...Last »