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Use the information and tools below to create a presentation that will blow your audience away!
Designing presentations is a bit more detailed than you might think. Anyone can put information into a presentation format, but putting that information into a format that is effective, easily understood by the audience, and captures the interest or attention of the audience takes some effort.
BASIC RULE OF POWERPOINT: 10-20-30
10 Slides should equal 20 minutes of presentation and no smaller than 30 point font on any slide!
Why this rule: PowerPoints have been used and abused in the world of presentations. PowerPoints are meant to be an AIDE to a presentation, not the entirety of the presentation. If everything is on the slides, or there is a large chunk of text- the audience will read and not be listening to the presenter. PowerPoints should only have outlines, key information or small important chunks that the presenter expands on and explains to the audience. A presenter should NEVER READ THE POWERPOINT TO THE AUDIENCE! This insults the intelligence of the audience and will cause them to tune out!
When are PowerPoints appropriate:
PowerPoints should be used when the audience needs to retain information or take notes over the information for later use. The slides should isolate and point out the key aspects that your audience needs to know or remember.
Prezi Tips and Other Presentation Options
FAIR WARNING: Prezi's can be a fun way to spice up a presentation and get away from the standard PowerPoint. However, the shift, zoom in, zoom out and shift again can be difficult for some audience members that are prone to motion sickness. Therefore, be sure that for each Prezi area you can spend some time explaining the information before zooming on to the next point.
Google Slides makes your ideas shine with a variety of presentation themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded video, animations, and more. All for free.
Haiku Deck is the easiest way to create an amazing presentation on the web, iPad, or iPhone. Start a free trial today to see why millions have switched to Haiku Deck.
Keynote for Apple Products
With its powerful tools and dazzling effects, Keynote makes it easy to create stunning and memorable presentations. And with real-time collaboration, your team can work together on a Mac, iPad, or iPhone — even on a PC using iWork for iCloud.
Pitcherific- Training tool
Improve Your Public Speaking Skills With Digital Training Tools. Use Pitcherific to prepare your next presentation effectively and present confidently with and without slides.
100+ Free Presentation Tools: Stock Images, Fonts, Cliparts, & Infographic Sites
eCommerce Blog by Jason Acidre
Free stock photo websites provide the visual content needs of startup entrepreneurs, bloggers, marketers, designers, journalists, and students who barely have the budget for premium photographs.
These image resources are also a good place for photographers and artists to showcase their talent and launch or boost their career.
This comprehensive guide explains image licenses, lists down free stock photo sites, and answers frequently asked questions about copyright.
Other Cool Design Sites
Create flowcharts, networking charts, hirearchy charts and more. Free and linked to Google Account
Can create a free account the will give you access to basic design features: Presentations, Infographics, and Banners. You can upgrade to paid accounts $7-10 per month) to access more templates and features.
Canva Graphic Design Tools
Offering free account setup (or purchase for more tool and template options); this site will help you create presentations, posters, infographics, and more!
Video-making platform that allows collaboration between groups of people. There are free elements and pay versions.
Pre-programmed objects as well as complete customization. Upload sound, use a canned track, record own voice, or computer read dialogue.
Amp up your traditional PowerPoint with video effects on this website. Create a free account or pay to access more templates and features.
Six-step multiple choice project.
Cannot download finished project- must view on the website
Used to be free but now is a pay to play site.
Easy to use and great for short videos. Register and create an account to create videos. Downloadable for sharing. Can create longer videos if you sign up for a pay to play account.
Instantly transform your photos and video clips into stylized videos.
Camtasia and SnagIt!
Free 30 Day Trial (new Version requires 64 Bit) Paid subscription after
Create your own Stunning, high-definition, whiteboard-style animation videos with no design or technical know-how. Free trial period and then must purchase to continue.
If YouTube and PowerPoint had a baby...
it would be Zentation. There are several plan levels including a "free" option.
Renderforest is cloud based video maker for creating intro videos for YouTube, explainer animations, kinetic typography, product or service promotional videos, music visualizations, wedding or travel slideshows, mobile app promotions, event invitations, corporate presentations, infographics and a lot more.
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