New presentation tools: It’s not just about PowerPoint anymore
Remember the days of overhead projectors and transparencies that teachers used in algebra class? Those days are (mostly) gone as new technologies help shape and transform the way presentations are being prepared and given to various audiences. Here are a few:
– Web conferencing/Webinars: Now, instead of traveling for half-a-day to attend a one-hour meeting, Web conferencing and webinars have made it easy, fast and economical to provide and participate in presentations. Both offer information in text-based messages, and voice and video chat to be shared simultaneously across many different geographic locations. High-definition video, 3D and a more integrated Web 2.0 are all things that eventually will make Web-based presentations more robust and captivating, and will allow greater involvement and integration of audiences.
– Smartphones: More and more people are using their Blackberries, iPhones and smartphones as presentation tools. Videos and PowerPoint presentations reformatted for the small screen are empowering presenters to share their messages wherever and whenever. And a growing number of apps is being created to make presentations on smartphones easier.
– Smaller projectors: In today’s business world, smaller digital projectors have replaced the bulky projectors we used in algebra class and even the early digital versions of the current era. The new compact and lightweight projectors can fit in your pocket and the higher-end models contain SD card readers that let people present or share digital content on the go. These new projectors deliver theater-like quality images to help make presentations more powerful and engaging.
These are just a few ways that new technology is helping not just businesses, but attorneys and law firms present information to clients and colleagues. But regardless of the medium and technology, the key to a successful presentation is still the presenter. Using these tools will help you reach a wider audience and deliver a more effective presentation to the people you need to reach most.