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Life After Powerpoint

Paul Andrews

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What makes a good presentation?

Further Reading

Mistakes 2 & 3 - Not enough high quality visuals

Presentations which use low resolution images which have been enlarged to fit on the screen can look 'blocky' (aka pixilated) and unprofessional.

Fortunately there are a number of websites that let you download public domain and image licenses under Creative Commons which you can use for free, without running the risk of infringing anyone's copyright.
  • Icon Finder

    A 'Google like' search engine for icons, using this site you can find and download icons that match your requirements. 

    Each search result also shows license for its use in your work and you should check this before you use it.  
    More information on the three types of licenses can be found here
Once you've found your ideal images, you can edit them to best suit your needs using Picmonkey, a free online image and photo editor:

Activity 1

Find some free images and edit them using Picmonkey, save the resulting edited images to your computer.

You can reverse engineer any good design.  

 Take apart your favorite presentation... and remix it into something new.

If you need some inspiration, or don't fancy creating a 'traditional' presentation from scratch, then you can use Slideshare to download and repupose and existing presentation which someone else has made & shared freely with the world.

Activity 2

Visit Slideshare & find a presentation which you might be able to repurpose for your own needs.  If the original author has allowed it, download the presentation to your computer.

"For 22 years, PowerPoint has been the standard for delivering presentations.  
But not any more"

For the purposes of today we are going to look at three different presentation construction tools, Prezi, Powtoon & Google Docs: Presentations.


Activity 3

Go to Prezi.com and make a Prezi! 

It can be sensible or silly, the point is to get familiar with the interface and see what it can do.

Mistake 5 - Lack of Prep

"Have a system for collecting your ideas to rework them into a masterpiece."

You can use a mind mapping tool to plan (and re-order) your presentation before you actually start making it. 

There are many free online and downloadable Mind Mapping tools which you can use, Mind42.com is one of our favorites.

Activity 4

Go to Mind42.com and make a Mind Map! 

It can be sensible or silly, the point is to get familiar with the interface and see what it can do.

"You need to craft the perfect story, create beautiful looking slides to support it and then rehearse, rehearse, rehearse...

 ...and not the night before"

Practicing your presentation before you deliver it is essential, if you can, practice it at least one time in the same room as you'll be delivering it and check that all of the text in your presentation is clearly visible from the back of the room.

By practicing your presentation, you'll be able to ensure that:
  • It remains within your allotted time.

  • You can deliver your presentation without reading from the screen or making use of prompt cards.

Extras on the day

If you wish to interact with your audience then you can do so in a wide variety of ways (not all of them involving technology).  

Here we'll look at two techniques which can help you do this: