Dan Marcolina is synonymous with creative presentation ideas and stunning design. And not only are they amazing to view but they can help inspire your own creative presentation ideas no matter what your design skill level. Whether you’re showing off your product, service, or latest deep thought, presentations like this can serve to push your presentation boundaries. Turn up your volume for this presentation…
Postcards With An Edge
I wanted to bring Dan’s “Interactive Postcards” presentation to your attention because it exemplifies “thinking outside the slide” and stretches your mind to really think about how you marry your idea or message with visuals. The postcard theme is a great idea in itself as it’s a surprising approach to showcasing information on slides. But marry that with the rich design, music, video and non-linear navigation and you have yourself a unique cinematic experience.
Creative Presentation Ideas Brought to Life
The ever-present caterpillar acts as host and incorporates an organic element while Dan ushers us through his recent portfolio projects. His digital brochure, keynote graphics, tradeshow demo and touch videos burst on the screen and symbolically transform the caterpillar into a butterfly. Ok, ok, maybe I’m stretching things a bit here, but you get my drift.
The color and images are executed with shadowing and good depth perception. And Dan certainly got my attention when a hand-delivered note crawled in with a schedule of up-coming speaking engagements complete with hyperlinks. I admire his font usage that combines handwritten messages with classic typography and retro, sans-serif lettering.
Sounds That Soar
Another element that takes it to another level is the soundtrack. The information is perfectly communicated with a feel-good vibe that combines the tranquility of chirping birds with energetic music.
Anyone who works with presentations from sales execs, to marketing managers, and art directors, can glean something from this creative presentation.
By John Rode on September 26, 2011
Have you ever been in the middle of a presentation, looked out over the audience and realize that you’ve completely lost your audience? It starts with the shifting in their seats and disintegrates to texting, doodling or even nodding off. You hurry up, skip points, talk faster and faster. Watch this presentation from @EFinkelstein for great tips and examples on how to make a presentation, even if you are artistically challenged.
Perhaps your presentation materials are interesting or maybe they’re not – but any way you look at it, unless you know how to make a presentation interesting, it will be boring.
So how can you avoid being dealt the kiss of presentation death? Well here are a few hints to keep your presentation interesting:
Avoid Bullet Points
When you create slides with bullet points, the temptation is to read the slide resulting in a stilted speaking style. You also lose the audience’s interest – after all, they all can read and will probably prefer reading the bullet points you’ve written instead of listening to you reading to them. Remember, you’re no longer in elementary school – so people can read on their own.
What should you do instead?
Create Talking Points
What’s the difference between talking points and bullet points? Talking points will help keep you on track, but your speech patterns will come out differently. You’ll come across as knowledgeable and interesting rather than sounding like an actor reading the prompter at an awards ceremony.
Talking points make a statement, but then you’ll spend one or two minutes explaining it, instead of reading it off the slide.
Use Graphics As Illustrations
As you’re learning how to make a presentation, keep in mind that your listeners need something to keep their interest. By creating a slide with a single talking point and punctuating it with a graphic that illustrates your point, your listeners will focus their attention on the graphic and will (hopefully) concentrate on your presentation instead of texting or doodling.
Here are three additional things that will show you how to make a presentation more enjoyable:
Hopefully these ideas will show you how to make a presentation that’s fun and interesting for you and your audience.
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