If, like me, you’re fed up with those traditional boring Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows that, rather than motivating, have your audience drifting off to the land of nod, you’ll be pleased to learn about these three great alternatives that will put a creative spin on your presentations and give them that all important wow factor!
I’m totally hooked on Prezi!
In their own words it’s “a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations; enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas.” Working on the premise that a ‘picture can tell a thousand words’ and, with the help of the easy to grasp online tutorials, you can quickly master the use of Prezi’s open canvas to construct a story-arc that leads the viewer on a path of discover. The multi-platform options mean that you can choose between the freedom of the cloud, the security of the desktop or the mobility of the iPad. Watch the video above to find out more.
I recently discovered PowToons after my friend the author and TV Presenter Kate Russell used it to promote her latest book ‘Working the Cloud’ (in fact I posted a Phought about it). What I love about this great PowerPoint alternative is its total simplicity and, above all, its ‘fun factor’ In a nutshell, PowToons are like animated infographics. You create your presentation using an extensive library of cartoon characters that can walk, talk, scream, wave and point. Believe me they really do get the message across! You can combine your chosen characters with props and text effects for a totally unique, unpretentious and memorable presentation.
My least favourite of the three tools mentioned here, SlideRocket is still infinitely better than PowerPoint. It allows you to import your PowerPoint presentations into a highly versatile format, from where you can combine themes and layouts, tables, charts, images, audio, HD video and Flash to tell your story. I like the easy integration of content from web resources like Flickr and YouTube, and the ability to utilize optional plug-ins from Twitter to extend functionality and add even more social interaction to your presentations. It carries a steeper learning curve than Prezi or PowToons, but it does provide you with a full set of professional presentation design tools.