Tired Presentations? Alternatives to PowerPoint

We recently discussed some top tips for creating great presentations. However, in this post we’d like to discuss some great alternatives to just defaulting to Microsoft PowerPoint. There are a growing number of people now relying on cloud based Internet hosted applications for presentations, without the need for desktop software. Not only does this make presentations easily accessible, it also provides some fresh alternatives to the look and feel of your presentations. We’re not here to bag PowerPoint at all, it’s a great piece of software that many of us rely on daily. However, since it was launched in 1990 there have been a range of other presentation tools that have come onto the scene. We’d like to share some of the other alternatives out there that might be better suited to you, make your job easier and help your next presentation stand out from the norm. Prezi Prezi was launched in 2009 and is a web based presentation application that brings a new perspective to the traditional whiteboard and slide formats for sharing of ideas. We all know just how important visuals are in your presentation. That’s one of the reasons why the zoom functionality of Prezi is so popular, it allows you to zoom and rotate around your page or ‘virtual canvas’ to help the audience visualise your ideas. These may be in text, images or even video. Many presentations are also not linear, often there are many concepts that are inter-related. Instead of jumping back and forth in your presentation deck, with Prezi you just zoom up, down, left or right as you please. If your...

Creating Great Presentations

We’ve all fallen into that ‘ground hog day’ trap of preparing a 100 slide presentation full of facts, data and charts that we’ve spent days preparing. Because we’ve sat there and mulled over it for so long, we’ve had time to absorb it. If we’re really honest though, do we really expect our audience to remember it all? You’ve been there, admit it, when the first data filled slide pops up on screen and the presenters mono tone voice begins to read out the facts, you find yourself slip into an almost catatonic stare. How many wasted presentation hours do you think there are in Australia every day? It’s quite ironic that PowerPoint can sometimes be ‘PowerLess’ if not used effectively. Some say to abandon it all together. However, for most of us it is a necessary evil and it would be nearly impossible to do our job without it. That doesn’t mean we should just settle for doing our presentations the way we always have just because it’s easy, safe and comfortable. Don’t you want to make an impact? Make a change? Win a client? Motivate your team for that next big project? Not waste yours and others time? In an effort to change how the team at Marketing.com.au go about presenting, we’ve reviewed some very cool articles, including blog posts from Clay Johnson and Seth Godin. We also came across one particularly interesting book you may have heard of by Nancy Duarte called ‘Resonate‘. There is a hard copy version but we’re loving the interactive version for the iPad with touch animation, videos etc. a very entertaining...