PowerPoint has been the training industries go-to presentation platform for years.
With changes to vocational education courses (BSZ, TAA and the most current, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110), presentation techniques and training software, alternatives to PowerPoint are in high demand!
Follow these 3 Easy Steps to Turbo Charge Your Training Career!
Step 1 – Engage Your Audience!
The magic 3: People memorize points of your presentation if you use “threes”. So when giving examples, list three in a row to increase recall.
First + last = success: The audience typically remembers information given in the opening and closing sections of a presentation. Put the “key notes” or “take home messages” in these sections.
It’s all in the eyes: To form a connection with your audience, eye contact is a must.
Take a break: Pauses are great for emphasis and speaking slowly ensures your audience understandings every word.
No scripts: While it’s great to rehearse – in fact we encourage it if you are new, speaking from a script or relying heavily on materials can cause the audience to quickly undermine your knowledge.
Check the tech: One thing you should prepare well in advance is the technology. Ensure it runs smoothly so both yourself and your class is not kept waiting.
WIIFM: When formulating a class plan, consider yourself an audience member and remember WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). Yes, your class is present because they want to gain a training qualification, but putting yourself in the shoes of a student will ensure you engage with interesting content and keep the attention of everyone!
Testing…Testing… 1,2,3: If you are yet to hold a class in the room, test it out with a friend or colleague to ensure the acoustics are right and that any viewing screens are accessible by everyone.
Talk about experience: If you have first-hand experience or can give insight into job roles and the future for students post-training, then incorporate it! Your students will appreciate the extra step you are taking to help them.
Step 2 – Get PowerPoint Free!
Alternatives To PowerPoint
Prezi was extremely easy to set up, simply make an account with your existing email and away you go! Editing the slides is similar to PowerPoint, just a lot less functions to through – all the basics are there though. The slides have a variety of editing functions, from title, sub-title and body paragraph fonts, too bullet points and paragraph alignment. You can jump between the slides at any time and there are also a large variety of templates to pick from.
Prezi presents the topics like a storyteller; a visual, interactive mind-map. The presentation is started from the “big topic” view, and then zoomed in sequentially on the smaller subsections as the content progresses. Overall, it was super easy and kind of fun! It’s also available online meaning you can get access to your presentations everywhere. PS – you can check out the demo Prezi made for this blog below.
2. Go Animate
Go Animate is great if you want to get creative and make a video! It’s easy to sign up to and there are lots of basic templates you can fill with dialogue. OR if you are really into it you can make a video entirely from scratch. You can also put in your own vocals if the ones available aren’t to your liking. Again, this tool was super easy to use and great for amateur video producers – can check out the DEMO video below.
Rejoice it’s FREE!
While not all the features available on PowerPoint are on GoogleDocs, the program allows anyone with a Google account to create a presentation. These presentations are easily customised though image, video, text and imported slides. The benefits include real time editing and simple sharing functions – great for team work or where multiple contributors are involved. While not as ‘fun’ as the above two, GoogleDocs is still a worthwhile alternative to PowerPoint!
Timing Tip: Whether you are using PowerPoint, Prezi, Go Animate, GoogleDocs, or any other presentation software, remember the 10-20-30 rule! For the most effective presentation, you should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have text greater than 30 point font.
Tips For Classroom Presentation
- Use EXAMPLES to help explain your topic – another great way to utilize this idea is to get a different perspective by asking your class for their ideas first.
- Acknowledge your students – this re-enforced positivity in the classroom and encourages students who may be reserved to participate in activities and discussion.
- Brainstorm! This works well at the beginning of the class/topic as it allows students to contribute differing ideas, gets everyone talking and opens the room up.
- Engage by asking questions to prompt thinking and classroom discussion.
- Make hand-outs for topics with complex information to ensure the key message resonates with the audience.
- Keep students active – sitting for too long will ensure a non-active mode of listening.
- Get your point across in minimal time – if the idea you try to convey is too wordy or complex, the audience will lose interest.
Have you used any of these alternatives to PowerPoint? Tell us what you love about them… OR are there any PowerPoint alternatives you can recommend? We’d love to hear from you!
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