PollEverywhere is great for audience interaction, but…

Last Tuesday I was invited to give a keynote speech and I resolved to make sure it would be memorable. Not memorable as in outrageous or as in a wardrobe malfunction, but rather memorable as in information people would want to remember so that they could apply it as soon as they returned home.

 

My talk was on presentation skills and the “stickiness factor”, and to make sure it would be relevant I spent considerable time talking with and emailing back and forth with the event organizer to learn about the audience.

She encouraged me to use PollEverywhere with her audience and I jumped at the chance. While engaging the audience by polling them and asking them to respond via SMS messaging is a great concept, there are a few things to keep in mind before taking this technology in front of a live audience.  Continue reading

10 Alternatives to PowerPoint (or Keynote or Prezi)

PowerPoint can be an incredibly powerful tool, but for too many presenters, it’s their go-to tool. Every. Single. Presentation.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Here is a PowerPoint presentation I put together in order to share 10 alternative ideas to using PowerPoint:

 

(If you’re reading on a mobile device or cannot see the embedded PowerPoint presentation, click here)

What did I miss? I’d love to hear your alternatives to PowerPoint in the comments section below.

If you really, really, really, really need to use PowerPoint during your next presentation, be sure to check out this article:

Using PowerPoint? Take Some Ideas From These Spectacular Examples.