If you frequently give sales presentations or speak to any group where you need visuals, you’ve probably noticed that people are upping the ante. With so many tools available to create beautiful and interactive presentations, it’s time to step up your game. That doesn’t mean you have to spend all your working capital on some expensive software program. Most of what you need can be downloaded or created directly online.
Start by searching for presentations online that you like and write down what elements you want to include in yours. Do you want video? Statistics? What colors do you feel grab attention? Remember that contrasting colors work best, and to promote your brand, your brand colors should show up frequently in your presentation.
If you do decide to use video in your presentation, Animoto is just one of many available websites that help customize your video. If you just want something simple and short, download one of the many apps for Instagram and edit your video with one of those tools. Many, like Aviary’s Photo Editor and Canva are free.
Want to add a voiceover to a presentation you’re sending to your client or posting on your website? The ShowMe app allows you to record a voiceover and contains a visual whiteboard so you can draw examples, do equations or circle words to illustrate your point.
If you need to share your presentation with employees and you always want the latest version to be available, MyBrainShark.com and SlideShark Team Edition help you create online and mobile video presentations; you can have ultimate approval if anyone makes changes. If you want analytics tools to show you what parts of the presentation people pay attention to and which they don’t, those tools can help, too.
If you’re looking for cool PowerPoint presentations, start with free ones from Google and see if any fit what you’re looking for. Bonus: These templates let you embed YouTube videos and images easily.
If you find you need to present something on the spot and don’t have your laptop with you, slide the ipico hand-held projector onto your iPhone or iPod Touch, point it at a blank wall and start your presentation.
Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at email@example.com, follow her on Google+ and Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.