You are more likely to buy something when you have tried it before. This is the same with most of the things in our life. Once we know what we are getting ourselves into, we become more confident about our decisions related to it. Now let’s put this in the context of our topic. When you convey your message to your audience in the form of a presentation, they will understand the meaning better. In simple words, you can use technology to prepare your presentation to achieve the response that you expect from your target audience.
Technology can be used in presentations by allowing for dynamic multimedia elements such as slideshows, videos, and interactive graphics to engage the audience visually. In addition to this, web-based tools and software can be included for real-time collaboration and audience participation. It will make your presentations more interactive and inclusive. Finally, remote presentation tools and video conferencing platforms have become essential for virtual presentations. Make sure that you use them as well.
Why Do You Need Technology in Presentation?
Have you observed, right from your schools to your workplaces, that you are expected to know basic technology to at least create presentations? They expect this from you because presentations are very important and knowing how to use technology to create them improves their quality.
Suppose you are invited to an event to share meaningful messages or information with the audience. How confident you would be to present it if you didn’t have your presentation ready with you? Now, using technology for the presentation you can become more confident and deliver the right message.
The other important thing that needs to be taken care of at the time of presentation is its flow. When you use technology to create the presentation, you have the control to set the flow. You can decide better how you would want it to start, which direction you would want it to follow, and how it should be concluded.
This also helps you to create a meaningful story to relate to your audience. You can increase your audience engagement with the help of technology. You can walk them through the presentation easily.
How to Use Technology in Presentation?
We have understood very well that technology is needed for a good presentation, and now we will see how we can use it. We have multiple technologies to choose from, and each technology has something to offer that can improve the quality of our presentation. So, let’s explore our options.
1. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Experiences have a significant impact on our lives and with Virtual Reality technology, you can create experiences easily. By adding a touch of virtual reality to your presentation, you get the opportunity to convey your message in terms of experience. Your audience can live your presentation and interact with surrounding elements. Also, they have the tools that eliminate distraction so that your audience can understand your messages and remember them for a longer duration.
Then we have Augmented Reality which has a lot to offer to your audience. By using Augmented Reality in your presentation, you can enrich their learning experiences. The audience gets a very futuristic feel with this technology, and at the same time keeps them hooked with compelling content. This technology is especially useful when you want to launch new products or services. You can simply use AR to impress your audience and take feedback from them to improve on it.
How do you decide if your presentation was successful or not? You can simply check the engagement of your audience, and you will have your answer. Imagine offering a hologram presentation experience to your audience, and the next thing you know they can’t stop talking about how fascinating this experience has been for them. This is the exact response that you can expect from your audience using hologram technology.
You can reach a wider audience using this technology irrespective of the locations they are based. We do have FaceTime technology that provides similar features, but hologram technology is next level. The 3D hologram presence increases the engagement of your audience and keeps them involved throughout the presentation. Another benefit of this technology is that you can record your hologram presentation and use it when required. This provides you flexibility and saves you time.
Steps of Using Technology For Presentation
During an important presentation, it gets hard to avoid that nervous feeling which can mess up your hard work. One of the ways you can avoid messing up your presentation is by following the right procedure of using technology.
Step 1 – Organize Yourself
When you are preparing for a presentation, there is information involved that you want to keep track of. For that, you can use some task management apps that are free, reliable, and easy to use. Trello is one such example of such tool where you can assign tasks and organize them based on priority. You can also attach documents and make sure you are not missing anything. It has a clean and user-friendly interface, and you can access it from the web browser as well.
It is also the right time to get your resources and ideas in one place. The secret of creating a beautiful presentation is not just beautiful visualization, but also precise information. When you have all your data in one place, you can prioritize the information and leave what is not needed. You can collect data using notes, bookmarks, scans, and mind maps.
Now, there are tons of options available for every task, including presenting. But what works for others might not work for you always. You may be looking for a specific number of features in a tool as your requirement that even the best tools may not offer.
We have mentioned PowerPoint3D earlier which allows you to create interactive 3D models for your presentation. You can also check out its alternatives if your requirements are a little different. Other than that, Google Slides, SMARTboards, and Infographics are there to help you present data and edit.
Once your presentation is ready to go, make a habit of ensuring your presentation is accessible to all. If, for some reason, you are required to share your presentation and not present it, there are a few changes you might have to make. At that time, the first thing you will have to do is use an accessible theme. Easy-to-read slides are an important part of the shared presentation. After that, put the content in the right order so your presentation looks visually better.
In the beginning, creating the right presentation can take time as you learn how to collect, organize, and structure your data. But once it becomes a habit, this skill can help you a lot in your future. It is better to spend some time learning how to create a good presentation using technology as it will be worth the effort.
A tabular representation of details steps you need to take for a perfect presentation
|1. Planning||First things first, jot down your main points and think about how tech gadgets or software can help you get your message across more effectively. You could think about using slideshows or videos.|
|2. Choosing Your Tools||Secondly, pick your tech tools based on who you’re talking to, the type of presentation you’re giving, and what you’re talking about. There are several tools you can use on the market including PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, or even Adobe Spark.|
|3. Making Visuals||Be sure to use your tech to whip up some visuals for your data or key points. This could be anything from graphs and charts to catchy infographics or images. Just make sure they’re helping get your point across, not stealing the show.|
|4. Getting Interactive||Consider throwing in some interactive elements into your presentation like live polls, quizzes, or Q&As. These little extras can really grab your audience’s attention and make your talk stick in their minds.|
|5. Practice Makes Perfect||Always make sure you have a couple of run-throughs with all your tech in place. Ensure that the links are working properly, transitions are smooth, and multimedia elements play without a hitch.|
|6. Setting Up||Get there early and double-check your tech setup. Nobody wants to wait for you to prepare your presentations in front of them.|
|7. Presentation Time||When it is time to deliver your presentation talk, remember to connect with your audience instead of only focusing on the tech. The tools are there to help you communicate, not distract your listeners. So, always keep this in mind.|
|8. Getting Feedback||Lastly, if possible, use tech like online surveys after you’re done to get feedback on your talk. It’s a great way to find out what worked and what didn’t, so you can make your future presentations even better.|
Benefits of Using Technology in Presentation
In terms of presentation, technology has a lot to offer to its users. Here’s an overview of the benefits provided by technology.
Increases Your Interactions
We know how presentations are engaging, but did you know that technology allows your audience to interact with your slides? Now we have technologies that let the presenter invite volunteers from their audience. These volunteers can interact with the slides using the presentation software. One such software is Mentimeter, which allows for real-time inputs and increasing audience interaction.
Prepares Your Audience
When you start with your presentation, you need to keep your target audience in mind. You need to make sure that your presentation is having an impact on them.
For this, you will be researching to understand your target audience better to relate to them. This process will also include using social networking sites to promote your presentation and attract your potential audience. Technology helps your audience to know what they should be expecting from your presentation.
Conveys the Right Message
Sometimes some topics are complex and cannot be understood right away. In such situations, technology comes to our rescue. Presentation is not just about boring words on the screen, it is more visual. The interactive graphics can explain the concept to the audience much better than simple words. The technology provides an experience to the audience that has a profound impact on them.
Creates Interactive 3D Models
We all want our audience to fully understand our ideas and products when we are presenting something to them. And to make that happen, to make communication better than ever, 3D models can be created using the help of technology during a presentation. It helps the audience to interact with our presentation like never before. But how to create those futuristic models? For that, you will have to use other third-party 3D software like PowerPoint 3D, Perspector, etc. We have covered some PowerPoint alternatives that provide you with a better list of presentation tools you can use.
You can customize your 3D model in the software you are using. You will be able to present your product well by rotating, zooming, and panning through it to create a better viewing experience for your audience.
How did I use technology in my presentations?
As a person who worked for multiple companies, I had to make use of presentations on several occasions. More times than you might think. By implementing the tips we discussed in this article, I was able to secure many deals without much effort.
Instead of using your communication skills for presenting boring parts, it is way better to showcase them through well-designed, powerful presentations. At least in my personal experience, it works way better than the traditional way of doing things. I highly recommend you implement these in your next presentation. I recommend reading SlideModel’s case study on writing better presentations.
Want to develop the interest of your audience in what you have to offer? Simply use technology in your presentation and offer them the experiences that they seek. Our modern technology can allow you to reach your audience anywhere across the globe. It helps you not just to reach them, but at the same time offer them experiences that are close to reality. Technology like virtual reality makes you forget the difference between the virtual world and the real world in a good way.
Now more than ever we can let our minds explore and use technology to convert them into reality. The presentation is the very first step in letting others know about something, make sure you use technology to get the most out of it.