There are a lot of presentations tool’s out there in the market like Prezi or Haiku deck but at the end of the day when you look at various factors and daily usage friendliness very few make the cut. Microsoft Powerpoint is undoubtedly the leader in the space, at least in terms of usage and adoption.
We are not gonna discuss things for mainline presenter’s or Keynote speakers here but even for everyday presentations. In my job as a Strategy Head and CEO i have done endless number of presentations be that for clients or prospects or colleges and so on. Though making presentations was occupational activity, at some point i fell in love with making presentations and since then my presentation decks and style of presentation have evolved in a healthy way.
I have created 1000’s of presentation decks using my iPad on Keynote. And it’s not another look alike of powerpoint, trust me when i say this. The video embedded here would give you a sneak preview of why it is unlike any presenter’s tool
Keynote began as a computer program for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to use in creating the presentations for Macworld Conference and Expo and other Apple keynote events.Prior to using Keynote, Jobs had used Concurrence, from Lighthouse Design, a similar product which ran on the NeXTSTEP and OpenStep platforms.
The program was first sold publicly as Keynote 1.0 in 2003, competing against existing presentation software, most notably Microsoft PowerPoint.
Now having a kickass software is one thing but there are other certain simple steps to evolve your presentation decks and style of presenting too.
Create your own Templates/layouts
Powerpoint presentations are all about templates, sme can be said about most of the tools out there. Not that keynote doesnt support templates. But if you start using keynote on iPad you will be able to make your own templates like i have shown in the video.
Making a presentation sounds or looks like a boring job when you repeat or do the same thing or follow a standard template. Now certain people might be glued on to have their logo or company graphics, i aint against it but if the presentation does have your personality and aura in it, then it wont sync with you and in the end it all looks like a mundane job. There is no heart or zero passion there.
I know this cos i have a Frenchman who is obsessed with it. There is nothing wrong in maintaining a flow or a standard pattern or arrangement in the topics you cover but if you start using templated, it all end like a mundane activity.
Creating your own templates or layouts is easy using Keynote on iPad & you dont need any design coaching for it. Use elements that matches your personality and the context of presentation.
It’s all in the Font’s
I am sometimes play with fonts in terms of spacing and overall typography in my presentations. The sub headings or titling is normally played with this treatment. Using the right set of fonts changes the entire tone of presentation. Apple Keynote has the most professional and comprehensive set of Fonts thanks to Steve Job’s obsession for crisp fonts.
I normally play with Helvetica Neue or Condensed Din in my presentations and use different color toning to match the mood.
If you can’t explain in one line, then don’t
Now this is something the Frenchman taught me ( though he seldoms practises it ) ! Your presentation is an extension of the presenter and no one is gonna sit and read all that bullet points and lengthy explanation.
The secret is in using minimum number of words along with a crisp title.
Make it Visual
Now i ain’t talking about using swanky visuals or images but more about use of icons/vector based graphics. I have a ico set downloaded just for this to illustrate some points. Icon sets make the presentation look classy compared to use of real images which has its own tone or mood attached.
Keynote lets you to easily play around with these icons, change opacity or even size at ease. The fluidity of the user experience in what makes the cut for me.
A bit of Show off hurts no one
Presentation is 40% show & 60% content and now that we have the content in good shape lets talk about how we present. I use Keynote in my iPhone to present to a client by connecting it to a projector and sometimes when i have both iPad & iPhone, keynote remote does wonders for you.
People go by first impressions and the way you approach things. i am not a technology geek myself but whenever i have used a remote to present and go thru slides it has made a huge difference in how people perceive your presentation plus even your own body language.
The video has the remote featured highlighted in it for you.
If you religiously follow this, i can promise you that making presentations will be an act of creativity for you than mundane.
let me know your thoughts.