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PowerPoint Presentation Tip: Put Your Contact Info in a QR Code

How do you typically put your contact information in a PowerPoint presentation? Do you place your name, email, and phone number on the first or last slide and expect people will write it down if they need to follow up with you? Do you send it in an email message afterwards? Those approaches are fine, I suppose, but you can do better. Why not delight your audience by making it easy for everyone to capture your contact information easily and effortlessly?

These days, it's a snap to embed your contact information -- and in fact anything else you want to communicate -- in a QR code that you can insert in your PowerPoint slides.

QR codes, of course, are those square barcodes you see all over the place -- on the Web, in store windows, in magazines and newspapers, and at the checkout register. Almost any smartphone can read these QR codes. Both the Bing and Google apps for the iPhone, for instance, can translate a QR code by pointing the phone's camera at the graphic. You can then copy the text and save it for future reference.

Inserting your contact information in a QR code is the ultimate in convenience. Anyone in your audience who wants to capture your email address for future reference need only point their phone at the screen for a couple of seconds, no writing or typing required.

Sold? Here's how to do it: Just visit any website that generates QR codes. There are a number of them to choose from, and they're all free and simple to use. Check out Generate QR Codes, for example -- just type your information, set the size of the QR code box in pixels, and click the button to generate a code. Then right-click your graphic and paste it into PowerPoint. Done. And your audience will thank you for it.

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