Tired of slogging along with the same old PowerPoint presentation, boring your audience to tears, emailing gigantic attachments, managing a version control nightmare, and agonizing over presentations that are outdated the minute you send them? Time to look at PowerPoint alternatives?
This is post #1 in a series of 3 intended to give you both a checklist of features to evaluate a new presentation builder against, and to perhaps stretch your mind a bit about what is possible. In post #2 we’ll discuss 7 really smart features of PowerPoint alternatives that you should look out for, and #3 will be truly surprising features you never even thought to ask about.
Here are 7 essential features to help get you on track in your evaluation:
Sharing presentations with links instead of file attachments is a fundamental game-changer. Links enable you to email huge presentations with tons of images and video, easily share them on social media sites, and update them no matter if you’ve already sent them out or posted them to your website. (more…)
Over the weekend I read and heard a lot about Steve Jobs and his legacy. What is most remarkable to me is how he has touched, influenced, and changed so many lives by doing what he loved to do, and by being himself. He was so many things to people: a great visionary, a great leader, a great presenter, a great [you can fill in the blank]. (more…)
Looking for an outstanding social media presentation to help debunk myths, uncover effective tactics and just make social media work better for you? This presentation from the recent Hubspot User Group Summit will get you started.
Have you ever been in the middle of a presentation, looked out over the audience and realize that you’ve completely lost your audience? It starts with the shifting in their seats and disintegrates to texting, doodling or even nodding off. You hurry up, skip points, talk faster and faster. Watch this presentation from @EFinkelstein for great tips and examples on how to make a presentation, even if you are artistically challenged.
Perhaps your presentation materials are interesting or maybe they’re not – but any way you look at it, unless you know how to make a presentation interesting, it will be boring. (more…)
Dan Marcolina is synonymous with creative presentation ideas and stunning design. And not only are they amazing to view but they can help inspire your own creative presentation ideas no matter what your design skill level. Whether you’re showing off your product, service, or latest deep thought, presentations like this can serve to push your presentation boundaries. Turn up your volume for this presentation…
Postcards With An Edge
I wanted to bring Dan’s “Interactive Postcards” presentation to your attention because it exemplifies “thinking outside the slide” (more…)
Great presentations rely on great writing. Words hold limitless power– they’re your key tools to connect emotionally with your audience, convey your message clearly, and convince your target customer that your product or service can help them. Finding sensible yet compelling presentation language to use is well worth the extra effort required at the outset. And it’s not a bad idea to sidestep a few verbal pitfalls along the way. (more…)
Tonight, President Obama presented his jobs creation plan to a captive audience that certainly included many of the nations 14 million unemployed eagerly watching and listening for the silver lining in an increasingly stormy job market. In August, the unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent and there were no new jobs created. The news only confirmed that the job market is competitive, and to get hired you have to find a way to rise above the crowd. (more…)
Presentations are a business staple. In fact, they are second only to email as the most commonly used business tool, and an effective business presentation separates the extraordinary from the average. So what’s the difference between a standard presentation and a great one? (more…)