These days audiences expect more from presentations. We want to interact, and we expect access to the presentation again afterwards. We also expect audio and video, not just stills. Slides seem to have become synonymous with bad presentations, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Used well, slides are a great medium for communicating ideas, providing visual summaries, analogies and illustrations that support the key messages.
Happily, there are plenty of free tools to take your basic presentation and make it pop. Here are four of my favorites.