If you really want to give an inspiring and memorable presentation you have to think beyond the boring standard of PowerPoint, using such dull software alone just isn’t enough anymore to impress people in our technologically advanced age. The content of your presentation may be revolutionary but it could be held back by the way in which it is delivered, as the old adage says “it’s not just what you say, but how you say it”.
Don’t think that you have to ditch presentation software altogether, you will still need visual aids or a way to prompt and deliver key information, you just need to upgrade to more engaging and sophisticated software.
In recent years many have migrated to software like Prezi that offers an alternative to traditional slides. Prezi allows you to create a visually strong, non-linear presentation allowing you to zoom into and out of different points of your presentation and seamlessly move from one area to another. This software is also very accessible as you can use it in your internet browser, but it is also widely compatible with a range of different devices and operating systems from iPads to desktop apps on Mac and Windows for when you don’t have access to the internet.
If you are planning to deliver a large presentation to possibly hundreds of people and want to create something really engaging something like SlideDog might be for you. SlideDog allows you to bring together a whole host of different media and incorporate it into one presentation, you can take slides from PowerPoint and Prezi whilst adding other documents into the mix such as PDFs. Initiating audience engagement is easy with this software, you can create real-time polls and integrate a live chat feature.
Gadgets are another component that you should be thinking about for your next presentation, there has been a lot of advances and improvements on already well-established presentation technology and the invention of new and exciting wearable technology.
Late 2015 saw the introduction of a new piece of wearable tech produced by an Israeli start-up called MUV interactive, they designed what is known as ‘Bird’, a small device that can completely transform a presentation and make everything engaging and interactive. With the Bird you can turn any surface (with a projector) or LCD display into an interactive screen, with its wide compatibility (iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac) you can show and interact with content from almost any device. It isn’t just limited to one person at a time, there could be 3 to 4 people making notes on the screen at the same time, one of them could even be standing 50 feet away and remotely interacting.
If you are tired of the old-fashioned clicker to advance your slides every time there is a new gadget to replace it, the Myo Gesture Control Armband allows you to move through your presentation seamlessly. The armband monitors changes in your muscles in your arm, so when you flick your finger the armband will detect that you want to transition to the next slide.