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Presentation without Frustration? It’s possible – online!

We are all presenters. Whether we are sharing tips and tricks with students, training employees, educating clients, or outlining initiatives and perspectives with colleagues, we drive to make content more engaging, interactive, and aesthetically pleasing to our audiences.

So how can you up your presentation game? By taking it online! If you’re looking to move beyond the .ppt, here are a few resources you can check out to improve the look, feel, and overall awesome-ness of your presentations.

Prezi was my first foray into the non-PowerPoint world of presentations, and I haven’t looked back! Prezi allows you complete control over layout and design of your content, with zoom-in, zoom-out, and pathway capabilities that can take your audience on a journey through your content (sometimes, quite literally – I’ve used Prezi to take students visually along each step of their career paths!). Prezi is cloud-based and has a mobile app, so you can share your presentation with multiple editors easily or take it with you for quick edits on-the-go.

If you’re still looking to use a traditional slide deck format, Emaze has an immense gallery of modern, creative templates as well as public decks created by other users that you can check out for inspiration. Similar to Prezi, you can share your slide deck with team members or your audience, and can present offline if necessary, though the latter is a capability reserved for Premium users. (Special shout-out to Gerald Tang from Baruch for sharing Emaze as a ‘cool tool’ at #CSTM16 last month!)

Pechakucha – literally translated as ‘chit-chat’ – is just that; 20 slides of 20 seconds each. When totaled, your full presentation will run 6 minutes and 40 seconds, requiring you to take your content down to the absolute basics. More of a suggestion of a medium than a presentation generation tool itself, it nonetheless results in a quick, concise presentation that shows your audience exactly what they need to know.

Pressed for time? You can use HaikuDeck – just put in your slide content, and HaikuDeck will generate background images from their gallery that fit the keywords of your presentation!

No matter what content you may have to share, online tools can be incredibly beneficial in giving a new perspective, especially if you’re sharing content on which you’ve presented previously. Even if you’re the presenter, there’s nothing wrong with trying out a new medium just to freshen it up for your own eyes! Both Prezi and Emaze have the capability to import existing PowerPoint presentations into their software, so it’s incredibly easy to get started.

Do you have a go-to online presentation tool, or a success story to share? Let me know in the comments!

Photographer: Zack Lane, Hofstra University Photographer

Photo Credit: Zack Lane, Hofstra University Photographer

About the Author:
Amy Smith is the Associate Director of External Relations at Hofstra University’s Career Center. A Long Island native, she studied Psychology at UConn and Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Hofstra. When she’s not connecting with students and employers to share great opportunities, she can usually be found baking some sort of confectionary delight or (not so patiently) waiting for baseball season to begin. You can catch her periodic musings on Twitter @hashtagaims.

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