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When you step up to the microphone, make sure you have a appealing Keynote presentation backing you up.
WHAT YOU NEED
> Apple Keynote ($79 with iWork '06, www.apple.com)
> Presentation text and images
Keynote, the flagship application in iWork - Apple's two-title productivity suite - doesn't have the corporate cachet of Microsoft PowerPoint. But if you've ever used PowerPoint (and if you have bald spots to prove it), we recommend giving Keynote a try. It's an elegant, powerful, easy-to-use tool that will allow you to create slide presentations as attention-grabbing as the ones Steve Jobs uses to unveil new Apple breakthroughs. Before you even launch Keynote, it's a good idea to create an outline in Microsoft Word, TextEdit, or even Pages (the other app in iWork).
Also, don't miss our Web Exclusive tour of Keynote's Inspector.
Step 1: Create a Basic Presentation
Start with your title page, and be sure to save the presentation now - and every few minutes hereafter. Add slides by clicking the New button in the toolbar. You can change the layout of your slides either by selecting page templates from the Masters drop-down list or by using the Inspector. For example, you can turn a page that has a title and a two-column bulleted list into one with a title and a single-column bulleted list by clicking the Inspector and then choosing the Slide tab. Under the Appearance tab, click the thumbnail of the kind of slide you want. Don't worry about filling in all the slides now—just create a skeleton to work from.
Change the look of a slide instantly with the Inspector.