About Author: Heather Ackmann

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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

  • So this year, my department did a “punny costume” theme. I decided to keep the costume itself simple. Here’s my pun-themed costume: Get it? I am an “Error in Judgement”!

    My Office Halloween Costume

    So this year, my department did a “punny costume” theme. I decided to keep the costume itself simple. Here’s my pun-themed costume: Get it? I am an “Error in Judgement”!

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  • If you can't tell, I love making videos. So when I learned that Microsoft was developing a new tool that allowed anyone with PowerPoint to easily create and share their own interactive online videos, I was more than excited--I was goose-bumped ecstatic!

    Create Interactive Online Videos with Office Mix

    If you can't tell, I love making videos. So when I learned that Microsoft was developing a new tool that allowed anyone with PowerPoint to easily create and share their own interactive online videos, I was more than excited--I was goose-bumped ecstatic!

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  • I have many talents, but working with Illustrator (at the time of this post anyway) is not one of them. I am, however, awesome with PowerPoint, and drawing/editing shapes with PowerPoint. But sometimes, there is a shape or vector graphic from a popular stock photo site that I'd like to edit and use in PowerPoint. And editing the graphic in PowerPoint, (for me anyway), would be faster than editing the graphic in Illustrator--especially considering the file is going to end up in PowerPoint eventually anyway.

Well, lucky for us, there is an easy way to convert most illustrator graphics into editable PowerPoint shapes, or rather what is known as a "Microsoft Office Drawing Object."

    Convert an Illustrator Vector Graphic to a PowerPoint Shape

    I have many talents, but working with Illustrator (at the time of this post anyway) is not one of them. I am, however, awesome with PowerPoint, and drawing/editing shapes with PowerPoint. But sometimes, there is a shape or vector graphic from a popular stock photo site that I'd like to edit and use in PowerPoint. And editing the graphic in PowerPoint, (for me anyway), would be faster than editing the graphic in Illustrator--especially considering the file is going to end up in PowerPoint eventually anyway. Well, lucky for us, there is an easy way to convert most illustrator graphics into editable PowerPoint shapes, or rather what is known as a "Microsoft Office Drawing Object."

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  • Since this is a course on Sway, I thought I would start this blog inside a Sway and embed the Sway into this blog. Doesn't that just blow your mind away?

    Sway First Look Course from Pluralsight

    Since this is a course on Sway, I thought I would start this blog inside a Sway and embed the Sway into this blog. Doesn't that just blow your mind away?

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  • For those of you who do not know my husband, Alan Ackmann, he teaches business and technical writing in the Writing and Rhetoric, and Discourse Department at DePaul University. Over […]

    Resumes, Research, and Writing on the Job Hunt

    For those of you who do not know my husband, Alan Ackmann, he teaches business and technical writing in the Writing and Rhetoric, and Discourse Department at DePaul University. Over […]

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  • Back in 2012, DePaul University’s Alan Ackmann and I gave a webinar for TrainSignal on writing resumes in Microsoft Word. Here is the webinar:

    Webinar: Top 10 Resume Tips for IT Pros

    Back in 2012, DePaul University’s Alan Ackmann and I gave a webinar for TrainSignal on writing resumes in Microsoft Word. Here is the webinar:

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  • A little while back a colleague of mine asked me, "How do I calculate the total seconds in Excel?" What he had was a column of timestamps in the h:mm:ss format and he wanted to convert that timestamps to simply display the total seconds, which is actually quite easy to do in Excel depending on (1) how the data was entered, and (2) how the data is formatted. Watch this video to learn how...

    Calculate Total Elapsed Seconds in Microsoft Excel 2010

    A little while back a colleague of mine asked me, "How do I calculate the total seconds in Excel?" What he had was a column of timestamps in the h:mm:ss format and he wanted to convert that timestamps to simply display the total seconds, which is actually quite easy to do in Excel depending on (1) how the data was entered, and (2) how the data is formatted. Watch this video to learn how...

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  • Microsoft launched the SkyDrive for Windows App, a Windows application that places a SkyDrive folder in the Windows Explorer allowing users to simply click and drag files and folders to this location to sync with SkyDrive automatically.

    SkyDrive for Windows App

    Microsoft launched the SkyDrive for Windows App, a Windows application that places a SkyDrive folder in the Windows Explorer allowing users to simply click and drag files and folders to this location to sync with SkyDrive automatically.

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  • Back in January, Alan Ackmann (yes, my husband) and I gave a webinar for the TrainSignal blog on The Top 10 Resume Tips for IT Pros. Following that same theme, we were asked to deliver a similar webinar, this time focused on cover letters for IT Professionals.

    Conquering the IT Cover Letter

    Back in January, Alan Ackmann (yes, my husband) and I gave a webinar for the TrainSignal blog on The Top 10 Resume Tips for IT Pros. Following that same theme, we were asked to deliver a similar webinar, this time focused on cover letters for IT Professionals.

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  • It is official. There will be another MCT Summit this year, an event by MCTs for MCTs, designed to build our skills on the latest changes in technology, certification, and course ware, and to, of course, development our teaching skills.

    MCT Summit NA, 2012

    It is official. There will be another MCT Summit this year, an event by MCTs for MCTs, designed to build our skills on the latest changes in technology, certification, and course ware, and to, of course, development our teaching skills.

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