“Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day: teach someone to create killer presentations and you make them look like a creative genius.”
There are only a few things that induce sheer panic and terror in us more than having to create and deliver a presentation to our peers or customers. Even worse is when it has to be done on short notice; we can become so stressed that it becomes almost impossible to come up with any quality ideas that make for memorable presentations. In the past PGi has provided a wide variety of fun presentation ideas for professionals, but in this post, we are passing on the tools for you to be a presentation champion on your own.
Here are five ways to come up presentation ideas in 10 minutes or less:
1) Save Sporadic Ideas in Evernote
One way to make sure that you can create great presentations on the fly is to write down ideas as they come to you ahead of time. You can easily record them and save them for later in apps like Evernote that you can access from multiple devices, wherever you are. This way, when the time comes to create that presentation on the fly, you will already have the ideas on hand.
2) Send Internal Communications
A quick message out to your fellow workers can be a powerful solution to getting some rapid feedback on presentation ideas. Reaching out internally to peers and team members is a fantastic way to discover what your audience may actually interested in and what they want to learn more about. PGi’s iMeet® allows users to collaborate in real-time via instant chat and live video.
3) Trends is Your Friend
Google Trends is a handy tool from Google, which shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world. This allows you to understand current interest levels on topics and relevant subject matter at any given time. For even more up-to-the-minute insights, check out Google Hot Trends, which will display the 20 fastest-rising searches in the last hour.
4) Get Social
Don’t be afraid to scroll through your social feeds for both ideas and content. From LinkedIn to Twitter, social users can immediately discover and mine a variety of ideas, shareable content and media from friends, content publishers and industry thought leaders. With the rapid, infinite flood of content added every second, there’s always a constant stream of insight and knowledge within easy reach.
5) Ask Quora
Quora works by having its community of over 1.5 million users ask and answer questions, resulting in insights from experts in practically any industry. When you need information or need to conduct fast research on a specific subject, Quora delivers targeted content from people who are subject matter experts in their respective fields. This Q&A network can help you to quickly discover, understand and expand on the ideas that you want to incorporate into your presentation.
If you still need a little help, don’t even sweat it – just download PGi’s free eBook, Little Black Book of Fun Presentation Ideas.
Inside, you’ll discover:
- 7 Tips for creating beautiful (or scary or awesome) slide presentations
- 7 great ways to incorporate new tech, tools and toys to wow your audience and leave them begging for more
- 7 mind-blowing techniques to give your presentation the IT factor and stand out from the crowd