Cary pointed me to an interview with Mitch Grasso, co-founder of SlideRocket. It's impressive. What do they do? From their web site, they say:
"We make a fully featured, rich internet application (RIA) called SlideRocket (TM). It's offered as a service with a variety of prices to suit different needs, including free!"I've been seriously working on changing my technical presentation style to be more dynamic and visual. I posted back on May 22 about a book by Garr Reynolds called Presentation Zen that has really had a profound effect on the way I look at the content of my presentations.
Here's an example of how I took one slide out of one of my presentations and converted it to a new, more visual style.
The "After" style requires the speaker to provide the details, but I think that's kinda the point, huh? I've heard it said before (and agree) that if your slides say everything, then why are you there? I really like the impact the "After" version will likely have on the audience. I think they'll be much more engaged with me than if I'd just popped up one detailed slide with alot of text for them to read.
I use PowerPoint. I never really thought or knew there was another option. As long as I've been doing presentations that weren't printed on transparencies (oh yeah, I did a bunch of those), I've used PowerPoint. I know there is KeyNote for the Mac, but since I've just recently seen the light and converted to a Mac (my MacBook Pro rocks!), it's never been on my radar.
But, having seen the new SlideRocket, I think they're really on to something. Creating presentations becomes more about making your point (and making it well) with lots of easy options for formatting, adding photos, dynamic content and a bunch of other nifty stuff.
What I've noticed for myself is that my presentations were always put together while thinking in bullet points. So, that's what came out on the slides. If you shift to thinking about your story...the thing you want to communicate to the audience... you immediately move away from bullet point thinking. I think SlideRocket will facilitate this process much better. Take a look at the interview and their web site and see what you think.