When it comes to giving a presentation, you always want to put your best foot forward. For many, this means delivering a presentation that does more than just allow you to read out relevant information. The best presentation will be able to engage an audience and even get them to interact with it. These are known as interactive presentations and they can be a game-changer if they’re done right!
An interactive presentation can take your presentation from mundane to a crowd-pleasing piece of art. It helps to create a better learning experience for your audience as they are more alert throughout and absorb information more naturally. No more need to worry about whether or not your presentation is hitting the right marks!
Elements of a Great Interactive Presentation
Incorporate video, music or audio narrative
Video is a great way to mix things up in your presentations, especially as a part of slideshow presentations with plenty of words. Videos can be short clips that help to actively get your point across, or longer ones that help with the expression of less exciting content.
When content doesn’t feel like it will be exciting to your audience it’s always a great idea to try and incorporate this content using video, music or audio narrative. The content instantly becomes more exciting with this method.
Music can add energy to your audience as it strikes emotion and gives them something to refocus on. Audio narrative works in the same way to break up long stints of speaking as it gives your audience a break and a slight change of pace.
Add in an interactive quiz or poll
One of the best ways to get your audience to interact with your presentation is through a quiz or poll. Asking questions is always great but often means only individuals have the opportunity to answer. A quiz or poll has the ability to get everyone in the room involved as they are all required to participate.
Quizzes and live polls can be embedded into your presentation or be accessible through software. You might include them throughout the presentation to give a break and get audience members involved. Be sure to ask questions that have to do with the topics at hand, or ones that will be fun for audience members to answer.
Try out an icebreaker or tell a story
Icebreakers are a great way to get audience members interacting with one another as they allow them to warm up. It also helps them to get to know you and get to know one another. For smaller audiences, it’s great to get them to share a bit about themselves to the whole group while larger audiences can share with the person next to them.
Telling a story is also a great way to get interactive. You can share a story of your own and then encourage audience members to share theirs as well. The ability to share is powerful when it comes to an interactive presentation.
Take time for questions
Discussion questions are great for audiences of all sizes as you can divide them into groups and encourage participation. Answering questions as a group is a great way to keep audiences engaged and interested in the topics they are learning about. It can even help them to better retain information!
You might also flip this around and give audience members time to ask you questions, whether that be during breaks in your presentation or at the very end. It can also be valuable to ask audience members to write down any questions they have at the beginning of the presentation and then listen for that specific information.
Your physical movement throughout an interactive presentation is a great way to keep audience members excited and on their toes. You might get off of the stage and walk into the crowd for an added element of interaction or as a means to ask questions and get answers.
Encouraging your audience to get up and move can also be great for interaction. You might ask them to go to a certain part of the room as a way of answering one of your questions, or even use dance and exercise. This can help to get your audience up and moving and more active within your presentation.
Getting them to move is also a perfect way to provide audience members with a break. That way, they can refocus on the topics at hand.
Use visuals to bring concepts to life
Many people are visual learners. This means using data visualization, props, or transitions and animations can be great for sprucing up your presentation.
With data visualization you can take the facts and figures discussed in your presentation and create them into colorful visuals like charts and graphs in order to be more engaging. Props can also help with storytelling and adding dimension into your presentation.
Transitions and animations between slides can help with visual appeal and keep audiences happy and engaged.
Solutions for Building Your Interactive Presentation
Putting together an interactive presentation requires specific tools in order to get the job done right. Swift Polling offers a wide range of product features that can help take your interactive presentation to the next level.
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