4 creative alternatives to slideshows for your next event

Posted by: corina Tuesday 1st May 2012
Categories: Event Planning, Latest News

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Even if you’re a pro at creating engaging slideshows, using the same tools at every event can easily get boring.

Here are four alternatives to slideshows to make your next workshop or meeting more interesting. Can you add any more to this list?

1. Whiteboards

A whiteboard, chalkboard or even an easel and butcher’s paper will give you more flexibility than a slideshow. Starting with a blank canvas and coloured chalk or markers, you can create an engaging presentation as you go. You might even want to start by pre-setting some basic notes or designs before your event begins, and adding to it with the help of your audience.

For a truly interactive event, using a whiteboard or something similar allows you to get your audience members involved with hands-on activities.

2. Handouts

Speaking of hands on, if you are working through more individual-based concepts, printed hand-outs may be more your style. Individual sheets allow attendees to follow along as you work through material or complete individual activities during your session.

Be mindful of losing audience attention when using handouts, as the material is laid out already, giving them the opportunity to work through it at their own pace and disregard your presentation. Using handouts in addition to group activities will help to keep your audience engaged.

3. Videos

A livelier option than a standard slideshow, a well-produced video will add a different dynamic to your presentation. Short videos are great at breaking up blocks of information or connecting sections of a presentation.

As a complete presentation, a video may struggle to hold your audience’s attention as much as a slideshow would. Used sparingly, however, this media form opens up your options to include pre-recorded material and vary your presenting methods.

4. Infographics

Most of us know infographics as something we share and look at online, but why not use them during your presentation? A well-designed infographic can be a dynamic way of presenting a lot of information at once. You can then distribute individual copies of the graphic, or work through it with your audience, drawing attention to each section in turn.

Infographics offer a great way to add colour and other visual elements into your presentation without losing important information. These can also be a handy resource for your attendees to take with them or to share online via blogs and social media.

What elements do you use in your presentations besides slideshows?

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