21 February 2012

Presentations with a Twist


Butterflies in your stomach, a knot in your chest and a dry throat?

Then, there must be a presentation coming up soon and I dare say that many people share the same concerns when speaking in public. In brief, we all know that preparation is key to calming down the pre-presentation stress; also important is being able to connect with the audience, to relate to their mood and needs, to kick off with a good opening. Throughout your presentation it's essential that belief in what you're saying, caring about why you are giving that talk and how it matters to others, shines through. 

And of course, there are visuals to share. I've already mentioned some suggestions for presentations (here and here) while these are some further possibilities to weave visuals in your presentations. 

BrinkPad is an application which creates slide shows and drawings online. You can then save and show your work from your own screen, as long as you accept the signature dialogue when you begin using the application. 

Begin by clicking on the button you see in the image on the left, allow the application to run.

The next image will pop up and you will have 3 icons to choose from. Click on on the red button to begin creating your sides on a white board.

Here below you can see a very quick example - drag and drop, add images and text; on the right hand side of the whiteboard you can see the slides as you save them; on the upper left hand corner you can select how you wish to save your slideshow.



SlideSix is for multimedia sharing and as you can see from the image, it's quite self-explanatory and simple to use. Features include audio recording, among others.










PresentMe is yet another option, however, only the basic account is free. With a basic account you can record your presentation for 15 minutes and make 10 presentations per month.

Begin by uploading your content (slides, images, graphs or photos) either with PowerPoint or in PDF format. Then, record, by presenting each visual as to an audience. There's also an editing feature, so if you later want to change something, that's possible to do. After you're finished, simply click publish. You can then later embed your presentation. A point to bear in mind though, is that with the free option, presentations don't have a private option and so are all public.


PresenterPro is a free app for presentation and has had great reviews. Features include support for graphics, audio and video clips.

SlideShark is another app for presentations, especially for using presentations with PowerPoint.










For anyone interested in apps and education, among the different sources available, iPodsibilities is a great place to start exploring and learning more about the potentials of applications available.


App Advice and AppTic-1,300 EDUapps are two other rich sources on apps.










What's your favourite tool for presentations?














Further Reference:


Scooch - Slide show software free to download

SlideServe - upload, share,  embed, email your presentations

Presentation Tube - record, upload and share presentations

Presentation Zen - Garr Reynold's blog on professional presentation design

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