3 Google Slides tricks to engage your audience


Despite its austere appearance, Google Slides has some powerful features that can liven up your presentations and help you keep your audiences riveted. Here are three to start using on your next slide deck.

Use speaker notes

As a rule of thumb, you want to keep text on your slides to a minimum. It can easily take over and clutter up a slide deck, dulling both your presentation itself and your message. Using a graphics on slides is more visually pleasing and keeps people’s focus on the words you’re saying.

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Speaker notes allow you to add talking points—viewable only by you—to any slide.

That doesn’t mean you have to wing the spoken part of your presentation. You can add talking points or complete text to the speaker notes section of any Google Slide for reference. Just click in the text box beneath the main slide area to type your notes, or go to Tools > Voice type speaker notes, click the mic button and start dictating. Your notes will be viewable by only when you select “presenter view” from the Present drop-down menu.

One of the best ways to keep an audience engaged in you presentation it to have them participate in it by asking questions. Adding a question and answer session with Slides Q&A feature is an easy way to do this.

In Slides, click the drop-down arrow next to to the Present button in the top right and select Presenter view. On the Audience Tools tab in the window that opens, click Start new button. A slide will open with a URL displayed across the top. Audience members can visit this URL on their mobile device and type their questions into a simple interface. The question will appear to you in real time in Presenter’s view. Audience members can also vote on questions using familiar thumbs up/thumbs down icons to let you know which questions they’d most like you to answer.

Autoplay video

Using video in a slide is an excellent way to illustrate a point, add comic relief, or just keep you audience interested. But until recently, it meant stopping your presentation to click on the video to play it and again to stop it. With Slides autoplay option, your video will play as soon as you advance to that slide.

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Using the autoplay video feature lets you customize how much of a video you display during your presentation.

To activate this feature, add your video to a slide, then click Video options from the ribbon above the slide. This will open a sidebar on the right. Check the box next to “Autoplay when presenting.” If you don’t want to play the whole video, you can enter start and end times in the fields beneath the thumbnail of the video.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design Leaked in Render, Matching Previous Leaks


The freshly leaked render comes from a smartphone skin maker
The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to feature horizontal camera setup
The smartphone is expected to be launched in September
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been a big part of the rumour mill in the last few weeks, and now a new render of the smartphone has been leaked. Notably, the latest leak suggests some of the design elements that have already been tipped for the upcoming flagship from Samsung.

The latest render, leaked by Slickwraps CEO Jonathan Endicott, shows a CAD designed image of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, as pointed out in a report by PhoneArena. For those unaware, Slickwraps is a smartphone skin maker and considering that the company usually needs a heads up before the official launch to start production of accessories, this might be the final design of the smartphone.

If you remember some of the leaks that came out ahead of the official launch of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, one of the first leaks that most accurately predicted the phones’ design came from a company that manufactures plastic cases for smartphones. If history has any indication, this leaked render might be our clue to the final design language on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Design Leaked in Render, Matching Previous Leaks

Further, this new Galaxy Note 8 render resembles the render that was recently leaked and showed the horizontal dual camera setup on the back of the device.
To recall, the Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a 6.3-inch display, slightly larger than 6.2-inch display on Galaxy S8+, with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

The dual camera setup on the Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with two 12-megapixel sensors and come with independent OIS (optical image stabilisation) for each lens. The dual cameras on the smartphone have been said to be in horizontal orientation.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to pack 6GB of RAM and be powered by Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 SoC (depending on the market).

The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to house a 3300mAh battery, which is notably less than the 3500mAh battery on Galaxy S8+. However, after the explosion cases that were caused due to battery last year, reducing battery capacity might not be the worst of ideas. A recent report suggested that the smartphone will be launched in September this year.