Video Bootcamp Announcement–Promote What You Know, Do, and Sell with Video

Video is the ideal medium to showcase your talent, build excitement for your event, promote your cause, or preserve precious memories. It’ll do the work of a thousand photos, and YouTube is the perfect outlet for the job. Get found online by learning how to get started with video and building a presence on the number two search engine for free.

Small and intimate setting with lots of individual attention.

  • Uncover show ideas from the work you do every day.
  • Explore recording equipment and software for creating and editing video.
  • Discover simple techniques for planning and organizing each project upfront.
  • Learn where to promote videos that will help build traffic to your sites.
  • Use PowerPoint to create all the graphics you’ll need (the flyer below was created in PowerPoint!).
  • Explore features in YouTube that build interactivity and your brand including annotations, playlists, and social media connections.

We’ll take breaks as needed.

9.00AM-9:30AM, Arrive and set up

9.30AM-10.00AM, Review, Getting Started with Videos (A Webinar on this topic will occur before the training. You’ll be able to attend live at a date TBD).

Or watch the recording at your convenience.)

10.00AM-12.30PM, Using PowerPoint to Create Graphics and Animation for Videos

12.30PM-1.15PM, Lunch and Discussion

1.15PM-2.15PM, Editing Videos – Demo only

2.15PM-6.00PM, Build Your YouTube Channel


Join our Affiliate Program and use your coded link to send to your connections. When they click your link and register, you’ll receive $25.00 within 5 days after the training. Thank you!

Click this link to join or p://

What You Will Need

  • An Internet-ready laptop with PowerPoint loaded. If you want to create a video using PowerPoint, you’ll need version 2010. Otherwise, any version will work.
    Don’t forget your cord, external mouse, and mouse pad.
  • Two or three videos that are 2-10 minutes long saved on your computer or accessible online (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.). You’ll learn ways to do this during the Webinar prior to the training. You should hold the full copyright to the videos.
    If you’re not able to record videos prior to coming to this bootcamp, we’ll do so during the breaks. 
  • Ability to be away from your cell phone. We’ll take breaks so you can check messages and email.


  • Refunds are given if you cancel your registration at least ten (10) working days before start date (minus a 25% administration fee). After that, you may send someone in your place, but you must let us know in advance. You will not be able to use payment for a future class because no-shows cost us a seat. We must do this to keep this training affordable.
  • This is an adult event (or mature teens). No exceptions. Please do not cause any embarrassment for either party and adhere to this policy.
  • Recording of any kind is prohibited. Sessions in this training will be recorded for your future viewing.
  • Dress is business or business casual, whichever is more comfortable for you. You’ll want to look your best for recording.
  • The event will be videotaped. Your registering for this event gives us permission to use your image.
  • The event is fragrance-free, please.


TCountry Inn and Suites Hotelhe Country Inn & Suites is about 7 minutes from the Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Offering free airport shuttle, WiFi, free parking, free breakfast, and a whole lot more. No pets allowed.

Free airport shuttle runs 24 hours/day every 30 minutes. You’ll go to Ground Transportation on the Domestic/North Terminal side.

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel accommodations.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson

5100 West Fayetteville Road
(former address lists Phoenix Blvd)
College Park (Atlanta) GA 30349
(770) 991-1099
Room Rates in $70 per night range
Newly renovated and under new management 

Driving from airport or from downtown Atlanta. 85 South to 285, then 285 East. Exit Riverdale Road, right turn (do not take Riverdale Road on 85). Immediate right at the light onto Phoenix Blvd. Approximately 1 mile to stop light (past Phoenix Pointe), right turn onto West Fayetteville Road and pass Shorter University. You’ll be on it before you see the sign so as soon as you see what looks like a driveway, turn right into the hotel. Free parking.

MARTA RAIL/BUS. You can ride MARTA to the airport and catch the free Country Inn & Suites shuttle. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes, 24 hours/day. You’ll go to Ground Transportation on the Domestic/North Terminal side.

Your Trainer
Peggy Duncan is a personal productivity expert and the founder of The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, a productivity and technology training center in Atlanta, Georgia. She travels internationally helping busy people spend less time working but get more done.

She is the author of Conquer Email Overload with Outlook 2007; The Time Management Memory Jogger™; Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint 2007. Booklets include: Shameless Self-Promotion: Do-It-Yourself SEO; Get Organized At Work and Make It Easy; Computer Magic in Word 2007; and Up to Speed on Your BlackBerry.

Peggy has appeared on NPR, CNN, TODAY, Black Enterprise Business Report, the US Virgin Islands PBS affiliate, and Good Day Atlanta. Her expertise has been cited in Fortune Small Business, O-The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Essence, Fitness, Self, Men’s Health, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and a whole lot more. She was formally trained at IBM where she was recognized by the chairman for streamlining processes that saved the company close to a million dollars a year.

Peggy’s YouTube Channel Check out our how-to computer videos.

Turn Your PowerPoint 2010 Slides Into Videos, Upload to YouTube, and Make Interactive with Annotations (with video example)

You can create videos from your PowerPoint slides. Below is a very basic example of a slide I’m going to start adding to the end of my how-to YouTube videos. I’m hoping it’ll remind more viewers to subscribe to my channel and click to share my tips with their social media network (that’s a hint).

I formatted the PowerPoint slide for widescreen. Then I added graphic elements and animated some of them. From there, I rendered the slide as a video (Windows Media Video). All this was done in PowerPoint.
Once I uploaded the video to YouTube, I created an annotation to link directly to the subscription page of my YouTube channel.

Sample PowerPoint slide rendered as a Windows Media Video.


If you’d like to learn how to do all this and more, stay tuned for my upcoming video training event (August 10, 2012, Atlanta GA USA) where I’ll combine getting started with video (equipment, software, recording, and editing), creating PowerPoint graphics, building a YouTube channel, and learning DIY SEO (search engine optimization).

To be notified of conference details, Join my private email list.

Have you created a video using PowerPoint? Give us some ideas and leave a comment.


Promote Your Own Products and Services on Your Blog

I was in a meeting recently with a group of solopreneurs. We pulled up each other’s blog and talked about each one. The most important thing I walked away with was this: since the purpose of my blog is to share helpful information and not about making money from ads, I should create Web banners and promote my own stuff. And stop advertising my competition’s training (from Google ads).

I always had pictures of my books, but I hadn’t considered promoting my training (other than mentioning it in an article).

So I removed the few Google ads from my blog and used PowerPoint to create my Web banners. As you look around this blog, I’m advertising my hands-on workshops, Webinars, and consulting services. The banners link to my Website that has more details.

So if you’re just making pennies from Google Ads, try advertising your own products and/or services and see how it goes. Let me know.

P.S. Check out my PowerPoint class on how to use it to create marketing collateral.

It’s also available as a Webinar. And here is a blog entry “Create interesting art projects with PowerPoint.”

Peggy Duncan, Time Management Expert

Save PowerPoint Slide as a High Resolution Picture

By default, PowerPoint will output a jpeg at 96dpi (click the File menu, Save As, and choose jpeg as the type). This is fine for the Web, but not for printing. In most cases, you’ll need at least 300dpi.

To create high resolution jpgs, you have two choices…fiddle with the registry and change it, or invest in some very inexpensive software that will do this for you. To complete a recent project, I chose the latter (I highly suggest you do the same).

The ImageExport on the PPTools Website is a fast, easy way to export graphics from PowerPoint as a GIF, JPG, PNG, or WMF at various resolutions. It’s $29.95, and you can try it for free.

For more tips in PowerPoint, buy my book, Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint 2007 and another one on PowerPoint 2003 or enroll in one of my PowerPoint workshops.

UPDATE: I’ve recorded three videos to show you how to use ImageExport.



Create Interesting Art Projects with PowerPoint

I just finished an interesting project using PowerPoint. In an earlier post, I talked about how to save PowerPoint slides as pictures. I do this a lot when I create the photo gallery for my Website. And I’m finding other uses for this tip.

I’m creating a DVD using some great video footage from a PBS special I did for the US Virgin Islands affiliate. I edited the video using Camtasia and put a 6-minute video sample together (see SUITETV tab above).

The only thing left to do was to create the DVD jacket covers and disc label.

I could have gotten a designer here in Atlanta to do this and pay hundreds of dollars. Or I could have bid this out on and gotten someone in China or somewhere to do it cheaper. But I wanted to give it a try…mainly because I’m a computer nut and love creating in PowerPoint (I teach PowerPoint and have written a book about it…see links below). And also because I knew I could do it as long as I kept everything simple and clean. So I turned off the TV and went to work.

Here’s what I did.

I created a disc cover and DVD jacket (front, back) in PowerPoint. I measured a DVD jacket from one I’d purchased and resized a PowerPoint slide to the same dimensions. In a separate file, I resized another slide to fit the back cover dimensions (that also included the spine). Then I went to work on the design.

Once I designed the jacket cover, I saved it as a high resolution jpeg right from PowerPoint.

By default, PowerPoint will output a jpeg at 96dpi. This is fine for the Web, but not for printing…you need at least 300dpi. I had two choices…fiddle with the registry and change it, or invest in some very inexpensive software that would do this for me. I chose the latter (I highly suggest you do the same). The ImageExport is a fast, easy way to export graphics from PowerPoint as a GIF, JPG, PNG, or WMF at various resolutions. It’s $29.95, and you can try it for free. Saving the file in the PNG format is giving me the best quality.

Then I went to work on the DVD label, using the same design (the picture above). I used a free Word template designed specifically to fit DVD/CD labels at NEATO. I had to tweak the PowerPoint design until I had a perfect fit, but this was quick. Next, I saved this slide as a high resolution jpg. Then in Word, I inserted my PowerPoint jpg as a fill effect/picture inside the drawing object on the NEATO template.

I saved both of these documents on a Flash Drive (I saved the DVD label as a PDF) so I can use a friend’s high resolution color laser printer for the best quality (or you could use Kinko’s, Office Depot, Staples, etc.). The disc cover will print directly on NEATO CD/DVD labels, 2up (two per page). I’ll print the jackets using high quality photo paper.

I’m very pleased with the results (click here to see the rest of it), and I learned some new things along the way. If you want to learn how to do projects like this, sign up for my class “Create Marketing Collateral with PowerPoint.” Or buy my book, Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint 2003 (Update: 2007 version now available).

Let me know what you think.

P.S. I need to add that the only stumbling block in all of this was removing the white box behind my photo when I inserted it into PowerPoint. I used the transparency tool on the PowerPoint Picture toolbar, and it was almost perfect. Almost isn’t good enough for me.

I had to go to PhotoShop Elements and learn how to get rid of the background. I’ve paid people in the past when I’ve needed this done, but I was determined to learn how to do it myself. I went to Help, and could have kicked myself once I saw how easy it was to do this…took me 2 minutes!, if that long. Now I know.

I use two monitors so after I finished in PhotoShop, I dragged the picture over to the slide in PowerPoint. This time when I used the transparency tool, I was more pleased with the finish.


Peggy Duncan, Personal Productivity Expert