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17 Ways to Create an Interactive Presentation That Stands Out
Written by: Chloe West
When you’re putting together a presentation, you want it to be engaging. Whether you’re presenting it live or embedding it on your website, you want to keep your audience entertained.
The best way to do that is by creating an interactive presentation that holds audience attention and even allows them to participate.
Sitting in a boring presentation where the speaker simply talks at their audience can make eyes glaze over and cause the speaker to lose their listener.
Adding interactivity into your presentation is the best way to spice up your speech, engage your audience and stand out from other presenters. The best part is, it doesn't have to be more work!
With these 17 ways to create an interactive presentation, you’ll be sure to grab your audience’s attention and keep them entertained throughout the entire presentation.
Here’s a short selection of 10 easy-to-edit job presentation templates you can edit, share and download with Visme. View more templates below:
Before we jump right in, let’s explain what an interactive presentation is
What is an Interactive Presentation
An interactive presentation is a dynamic type of presentation that supports increased engagement and interactions with the audience. It involves using interactive elements to create a more personal and engaging experience with your audience.
Whether you’re doing a live or pre-recorded presentation, there are various interactive tools for presentations and interactive ways to present information. It could be as simple as embedding audio and video in your presentation. Or, it could take the form of using charts, surveys, navigation, transitions, hyperlinks, hotspots and other elements in your presentation.
1 Start your interactive presentation with an icebreaker.
The first step is creating a rapport with your audience. You can do this by helping them to get to know you a little better and get to know each other as well.
The way you go about this will depend on the size of your audience. If you’re presenting in a small group setting or workshop, you can easily go around the room and have everyone share a bit about themselves.
However, if you’re speaking with a crowd or at a conference with a larger audience, it would make more sense to simply have your audience introduce themselves to a neighbor or two before you dive in.
You could ask the audience to answer a question out loud or to their neighbor, ask them to prepare a few questions about your topic or a list of things they'd like to learn, or put together a fun icebreaker game.
Here are just a few icebreaker games you can choose from for your next interactive presentation.
2 Use video clips in a slide or two.
You don’t have to be the only one talking during your presentation. Videos are one of the most effective interactive tools for presentations.
Embed a video into one of your slides to switch up your audience’s focus. With Visme, you can easily embed a YouTube or Vimeo video into your slide for your audience to view on their own or for you to feature during your presentation. Here's how you can do that.
Simply go to the Media tab in the left sidebar of your Visme editor and click on Insert Video.
Sharing video clips can be a great way to further emphasize your argument by bringing in other opinions or even to just add a break for your audience during longer presentations. You can also share a video of yourself demonstrating how to do something.
If you’re embedding the slideshow on your website, adding a video to a slide or two allows your audience to take a break from reading and jump into a different way of consuming your content.
There are so many other types of content you can embed into your presentation with Visme as well, like quizzes, surveys and more!
3 Make your interactive presentation non-linear.
Not every slideshow you create needs to simply flow from slide to slide. Get creative with it and see if it makes sense to add in a non-linear flow. So, what exactly is a non-linear presentation?
When you create links between slides so you can click around different areas of your presentation, you’re putting together a non-linear presentation.
You’re not going from slide one to slide two to slide three, and so on. Instead, you’re creating an interactive way for you and your audience to jump around your presentation.
You can create a table of contents page and link it to the slides that start each section. If your presentation is embedded, this allows your audience to navigate in their own preferred order.
It also gives your presentation a different edge from the regular flow, and can keep readers intrigued about what’s coming next.
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4 Have a Q&A session.
Want to get the audience involved? Ask them questions! This is a must-have interactive tool for presentations.
While many presenters always plan to host a Q&A at the end of their presentation for the audience to ask questions , it can go both ways.
You can easily put together a few slides where you’re asking your audience questions throughout your presentation. Before you move onto the next section, ask your listeners what they think first.
Don’t make it intimidating, like a pop quiz. A simple “What do you think about..?” can work wonders.
You can also take several breaks throughout your presentation to give the audience a chance to ask you questions. If you had them write down a few things they want to make sure they learn from you at the beginning of the presentation, this is a great time to ask.
5 Create an interactive quiz.
Take it a step further and actually create a quiz in your interactive presentation. This works well for both live and embedded presentations.
In Visme, you can link elements in your slide together so that one element appears when another element is clicked. So ask your audience a question, gather their answers and then click to expose the correct answer.
If you’re embedding the presentation, make sure you include a button that says something like “Click to see if you’re right!” so that your viewer knows they’re able to interact with the slide.
While you don’t necessarily want to use this as a way to sneakily check if your audience has been paying attention, it can be a fun way to gauge expertise in your audience and understand how much information you should cover.
6 Bring props along to your interactive presentation.
Want to really grab your audience’s attention? Want to really grab your audience’s attention? Props are also useful interactive tools for presentations.
Bringing props along with you to help you demonstrate and visually tell your story can be a great way to keep people watching and listening.
The first thing to keep in mind when deciding which props to help convey your story is that they need to be relevant. Don’t bring random props that are interesting but are a huge stretch to fit in with your content.
Instead, bring props that intrigue your audience but still make sense with the information you’re sharing.
Here’s a great example of a prop that definitely secured the audience’s full attention. Bill Gates released a swarm of live mosquitos into the audience during his TED Talk on Mosquitos, Malaria and Education.
Sanitary? Maybe not. Attention getting? You bet.
7 Tell your audience a story.
One of the most interactive ways to present information is storytelling. It’s an undeniable strategy for drawing your audience into your presentation. Even if your topic covers a lot of data, facts and statistics, your speech doesn’t have to be dry.
There are many different ways to incorporate stories into your presentation effectively.
A good story helps to create an immersive effect , bringing your audience in and making them feel like they’re a part of your presentation. It taps into their emotions, causing them to hang onto your words, making your presentation much more memorable in the long run.
Here's a great example of a presentation filled with data that still hooks the audience in with great storytelling.
8 Add an audio narrative.
You don’t have to speak the entire time. Much like videos, audio and sounds are helpful interactive tools for presentations.
In fact, sometimes, it can be nice to give yourself a break and pre-record some of your slides. This is also a great strategy to include for embedded presentations.
With Visme’s presentation maker , you are able to upload audio files that play in your slideshow. You can also record your own audio directly inside the Visme editor.
Some Visme users even create pre-recorded webinars using the software.
Adding audio into an embedded slideshow can be a great way to create an interactive presentation experience. You can add music or sound effects to slides to make them stand out. Or you can add an audio narrative that talks about your slide content in even more depth than your slide design allows.
9 Poll your audience.
Looking for other interactive ways to present information or get your audience engaged? Get your audience involved in your presentation by polling them. Give them multiple choice options to see which one is the most popular. Ask them to raise hands.
You can even use a polling software and have your audience input their answers via their smartphone and watch the results come in live on your screen.
Have fun with it. Ask your audience their favorite football team, which ice cream flavor they’d choose between vanilla and chocolate and more. This is a great way to do icebreakers, as well as break up your presentation with some mindless fun.
Of course, you can also have polls relevant to your presentation topic. Consider all of the ways you can use a poll in your next interactive presentation.
10 Include discussion questions.
If you’re still searching how to make a powerpoint presentation interactive , consider adding discussion questions in. You can break your audience up into small groups to talk about your questions or simply have them discuss it briefly with their neighbor.
Seminar presentations are the perfect setting for discussion questions, and this can also work well if you’re putting on a presentation to a group of people that are sitting at tables.
All you need to do is put a discussion question up on the board and ask your audience to go around their table with their answers. This creates an interactive environment with very little effort on your part.
11 Encourage movement in your audience.
Another way to create an interactive environment is by encouraging movement within your audience.
This can be as simple as taking an intermission during a longer presentation or giving your audience a few minutes to get up and stretch their legs.
Other methods include asking your audience yes or no questions and having them answer by raising their hands or standing up, having your audience move to different seats and introduce themselves to new neighbors, or calling people up on stage to participate.
12 Get your audience asking questions.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, having your audience take time at the beginning of your presentation to list out their questions on your topic is a great idea.
It’s a proven technique to make your PowerPoint presentation interactive.
Several times throughout your presentation, take a pause to ask for audience questions. Allow your listeners to ask questions about the slides you’ve already covered and the ones that may be coming up.
Getting your audience to ask questions, and letting them know that there will be several opportunities to do so, is a great way to ensure they continue to pay attention, take notes and write down potential questions throughout. Make sure you set some time aside at the end of your presentation for the rest of their questions.
Worried that people won’t speak up? Have a few allies in your audience that start the question asking.
No, this is not sneaky or shady. Sometimes people need a bit of encouragement, and asking a friend that you know will be attending to start off the questions can help.
13 Let your audience decide the direction.
Again, your presentation doesn’t have to be linear. You can have a slide setup with your four (or however many you have) main points and ask your audience which one they want to hear first, second and so on.
This makes it fun for the audience because they actually get to participate in the order of your presentation.
While this means you need to be extra prepared for whatever route your presentation may take, it creates a fun, interactive setting that your audience will remember for years to come.
Try a unique presentation structure like this, or one of these seven that your audience is sure to love.
14 Share a hashtag for social interaction.
If you’re speaking at an event that already has a branded hashtag, encourage your audience to tweet about your presentation using that hashtag. If you’re hosting a standalone presentation, come up with your own hashtag for your audience to use.
Your viewers can then share tidbits from your presentation as well as use the hashtag to ask questions for you to monitor and answer throughout.
Not only does this help to get your audience engaged, but it even helps to get their audiences engaged, learning about who you are, and interested in your content and presentation.
15 Add music to your interactive presentation slides.
Create a different ambiance by adding background music to your slides. Or get your audience pumped for new and exciting information with a pop song transition.
With Visme, you can easily upload audio files, including music clips, so that you can create an interactive experience for your audience. Your entire presentation doesn’t have to be centered around the sound of your voice. Adding in a music clip is a great way to refocus your audience on your content.
Plus, it can be a nice added touch in an embedded presentation.
16 Play with transitions and animations.
There are so many different ways to animate your slides , each more exciting than the next. You can animate different elements in your slides, like in the animated slideshow below.
You can also create seamless transitions between your slides by having each one of your elements slide in on its own, like in the presentation example below.
You can even add animated graphs and charts to your presentation slides. Animation should be fun, and toying with different ideas can make for great interactivity.
This is actually a big mistake that most people make while creating a presentation. If you're using a software like PowerPoint, you might go overboard with all the different options you have. Use a tool like Visme so you can access handpicked, proven animation and transition styles, like in the examples shown above.
Just remember to be consistent with your animations and transitions. Keep the same look and feel throughout your entire presentation rather than a million different animation types.
17 Use data visualization in your interactive presentation.
Last, but certainly not least, use data visualization to showcase your information in an engaging and easy-to-understand format.
Whether you’re a data expert, business leader, or trainer, data visualization is a staple. It’s one of the most interactive ways to present information, especially when detailing with figures and statistics.
Data visualization can be anything from a chart or graph that visually represent actual statistics and numbers to an icon or graphic that represents words.
Visualizing your points can be a great way to argue your point, and creating charts, graphs and other figures helps your audience digest your content that much quicker and more easily.
Plus, Visme offers tons of ways to visualize data within your presentation slides.
Choose from one of our many data visualization tools, such as animated charts, graphs and data widgets, to start visualizing your facts and figures in a more interactive format.
Get started with your own interactive presentation.
Before now, you were probably thinking of which option you will use for your presentation to your audience. We shared a few interactive tools for presentations and other interactive ways to present information.
So now you see? Your next presentation doesn’t have to be boring and predictable. By incorporating these interactive presentation ideas, your audience will be engaged and their phones will be put away.
Visme offers tons of interactivity features right within our presentation software . Sign up and create a free account today to start trying them out.
Did you find this article helpful? Which interactive presentation feature is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts and questions in the comments below!
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Chloe West is the content marketing manager at Visme. Her experience in digital marketing includes everything from social media, blogging, email marketing to graphic design, strategy creation and implementation, and more. During her spare time, she enjoys exploring her home city of Charleston with her son.
Guide to interactive content
How to create interactive content: A practical guide
How to create awe-inspiring interactive documents, what is interactive content plus 6 examples, what is an interactive presentation and how is it different.
If you haven’t heard, interactive content is all the rage. It can provide context and clarity, cutting through the noise of the modern digital environment. It can also provide a repository of material for many departments across the enterprise: sales, marketing, HR, and creative.
How do you create interactive content? We’ll tell you.
Step 1: Decide what you want to say and how you want to say it.
Easy enough? Well… You see, interactive content requires you to think differently about the traditional content creation process. When pulling open that Word doc and typing away, you typically construct your thoughts linearly: one word after another.
However, interactive content forces us to think about two things: the multimedia we can use to develop our thoughts, and the ways in which users will, ahem, interact with that media. That is, a book reader will go from one line to the next, beginning at the top left and reading down to the bottom right, page after page. But if there’s a navigable table of contents, she may just skip right over that one amazing insight you had on page 4. You need to account for that behavior.
So, while this first step may seem simple enough, trust us, it just isn’t.
Here are a few more tangible ways to break down this ominous step.
Understand how users consume digital content.
Over the last several decades, the leading firm researching the digital user experience has been Nielsen Norman Group. The NN Group has developed many studies and experiments to test everything you can think of on the web and how people respond.
For example, in one of their most famous studies tracking eye movements, they were able to determine that people on the web read in F-shaped patterns . That is, they read the first headline and a paragraph, and then scan mostly headlines from there down. NN Group has many ( many ) articles like this gathered in categories like “ Writing for the Web .” For the uninitiated, this is a great place to start getting inside the minds of your viewers.
Create content dynamically, not linearly.
Along similar lines, users in a digital environment click around from page to page by what interests them (using what NN Group and others call “ information scent ”). This means you have to think about your content as a system and not as a linear, logical program. Of course, knowledge is stackable — you have to learn algebra before calculus — but not everything is built that way.
Take this piece of content as an example. You really don’t need to read the content in Step 1 to understand Step 2, nor even Step 1A before 1B. If you’re familiar with how users read on the web, skip right on over to the next thing.
More tactically, imagine if the user you’re trying to reach watched the video you placed on one slide before reading what you wrote. How would that change your content? What about if they watched it after? These are important questions to ask yourself before finalizing your content.
Guide the user with clear actions.
Our brains are like machines. They need fuel to function. Sometimes they get overwhelmed with too many operations or too many inputs. That’s why when you’re talking to someone while you’re driving, you usually turn down the music or stop talking while making a left-hand turn in a busy intersection. Your brain focuses its attention, diverting resources to ensure its survival.
A reader on the web is no different. Their brains get overwhelmed with big blocks of text or too many buttons. But clear, simple text and cues help alleviate this strain to focus on what you want them to. There’s even research to suggest that a certain line length or height can put readers at ease .
Let’s say you want the user to read this paragraph before watching the video or listening to the audio track. Why not say, “Read this first” in big, bold letters? Similarly, using animations, descriptive links, and clear calls-to-action (CTAs) can reduce the cognitive load of your users.
Step 2: Use the right media to help convey your ideas.
With linear, traditional content like a PDF or Word document, you have only words and pictures at your disposal. Yet with interactive content, you can use animated graphs, videos, audio clips, and more to further develop your arguments. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, but also a whole new world of challenges with arranging your ideas.
Know the context of the content.
In the science of hermeneutics , you learn that you read an email differently than you read a poem. You expect certain things within an academic essay that you wouldn’t expect in a podcast. And so on. The context of the medium has a lot to do with the content itself. This is what Marshall McLuhan meant when he wrote, “ The medium is the message .”
Consider what your readers will have seen first. Are they coming to your piece after they’ve seen some introductory video, or an email, or is it part of a larger series of blog posts or some other content? This informs how you want to build the content and how to use which medium.
For example, let’s think of how to use a video in your interactive content. A video can help illuminate a vivid point of your writing, or it can summarize a lot of written material in a short space. This is the best use of video within interactive content. Say you want to use a video as an aside, nestled beside a scroll function of 300 words of text. A two-minute video in this case is much better than a 15-minute video — the former can illuminate or summarize while the latter is long enough to be its own piece of content. Viewers may forget what you’re writing and focus only on the video content.
That’s why this is the first rule in choosing media: Know the context of where your content lives, which will determine how you express yourself.
Use multimedia like salt: sparingly.
To continue the point above, you’ll want to use multimedia that’s on the shorter side, depending on what you’re trying to get across. Longer media begin to take on a life of their own, which users can easily view in another format, like on YouTube or on Spotify as they drive to work.
Putting an even finer point on it, you’ll also want to use multimedia very sparingly, to expand on a topic that can’t be adequately covered with text alone. This could be a short video or audio clip, a gif, or an image. It should enhance the content, not distract the viewer from it. We’ve seen some interactive content authors throw in all the media they can find that’s relevant to their topic. But, as the saying goes, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Find multimedia assets with the right permissions.
Not all content can be used as you find it on the web. Much of it is copyrighted, while other content is in the wrong format. Copyright infringement is a big deal for content creators, and it’s critical that you respect and cite their work. After all, that’s how they earn a living. We’ve seen too many people simply Google the image they’re looking for and slap it into their content, but that can violate copyright laws.
However, you can Google an image you’re looking for as long as you filter for usage rights. After you search on Google and click on Images, click on Tools just below the search bar. Then you can filter using Creative Commons licenses. This allows you to use the media within the Creative Commons framework.
You can also Google “license-free stock photos or videos.” You’ll find results like Unsplash , Pixabay , and Storyblocks . The latter allows you to pay a subscription for licensed images, videos, and audio assets for your interactive content. There are plenty of other sources out there — just make sure you’re using content that you’re actually allowed to use!
Step 3: Design the content with your favorite design tool.
Once you know what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, with the right media to support it, now you have to bring it to life. Use Adobe, Sketch, or Figma to create your layouts and graphics for the piece. Sound intimidating? You can also use Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, and Google Slides to create interactive experiences.
View guides, Resources, and the Tiled University to get started.
Creating interactive experiences can be really tough if you’re just starting. That’s why we publish resources to help you get started, from the big picture to the tiny details. So, before you get started on your next project, take a scroll through our Resources page to see webinars, tips, and other content that will help you take your content to the next level.
If that doesn’t have what you’re looking for, dive deeper into Tiled University to see courses, lessons, webinars, and more to build your own content.
Additionally, each design tool has its own resources for helpful hints if you get stuck:
From there, the only limit is your imagination.
Start with a template.
If you’re like most people, you’ve stared at a blank canvas or document for far too long wondering where to begin. We get it. Creating interactive content is hard. But the good news is that you can start with a template! You may not know what to say, but at least it’ll look nice.
Kidding aside, a good template does more than just look nice. It can also give you a structure for arranging your ideas. Many of the resource pages listed in the previous point have similar structures given your setting.
For example, most presentation templates start with a title slide, then an agenda, team members, and problem and solution slides. Whether you need a pitch deck, a quarterly update, newsletter, brand guide, or something else, starting with a template from the resources pages of each design tool is the best way to get started quickly.
And the best part? You can integrate your design files with Tiled’s interactive content editor.
Export, share, and revise.
Once you’ve viewed the resources, picked a template, and composed your piece, you’re ready to export and share your interactive document. There are a few ways to do this. You can either export the file as is to be read in your favorite design or presentation tool, you can send a shareable link to your team, you can broadcast the presentation with specific people, or you can embed the file into a web page.
After sharing your creation, you may need to edit it. It’s the worst feeling when you’ve completed a beautiful PDF document only to realize there’s a major typo on page 3. Oh well. What’s done is done. Similarly, a PowerPoint is editable, but if you’ve already emailed the file over to your boss, that’s the version they have, not the one you’re editing. You need a way to edit the master file that everyone sees. With interactive content platforms, you can do just that, and every edit you make will be live for the rest of the team to see in real time.
Finally, analytics and insights based on users’ behavior with the content can be even more important than your research before you started (see Step 1). You may think that theoretical users will behave one way, but your actual users may behave completely differently based on your actual content. It’s crucial for content creators to adapt to their audience, not the other way around. Editing in real time with shareable links gives you the ability to adapt your content to produce the most engagement over time.
Give your ideas the tools they’ve been waiting for.
The old ways of communicating limit your imagination with flat text and boring slides. Your storytelling craves a more innovative, engaging experience that amplifies the power of every medium at your fingertips. Your audience, whether for sales and marketing, creative directing, or employee empowering, demands something fresh. Reimagine what content can be with Tiled, an interactive content platform built for the new age of communication. Our no-code story builder lets teams create, share, and edit their content anywhere, anytime, with actionable analytics to scale their impact. Leave behind the static past and rewrite the future.
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What is an interactive presentation and how is it different?
In the world of work and education, presentations are a way of life. As the learning landscape continues to grow into one that leans into digital and touchscreen experiences, the need for more dynamic and engaging presentations is expanding with it. However, with these changes also come higher content expectations from audiences.
The days of sitting in a classroom or conference room and learning through a well-designed PowerPoint or PDF are long gone. Well, they’re long gone if you actually want to keep your audience engaged and actively learning from your content. Though there’s a difference between interactive presentations and interactive content, which we’ll explain more later, you’ll see that there is some overlap.
These days, if you want to really reach your audience, you have to go beyond a PowerPoint. Cognitive research shows that to be truly effective, you’ll need to take a multimedia approach . That is, tailor the content to your target audience, source high-quality imagery, develop a compelling story, and implement high-quality design . Traditionally, presentations have included a speaker moving around a whiteboard or slide deck, drawing on the board or using a pointer for the deck, keeping the audience’s attention.
Yet the world has changed. Now presenters are talking heads on the other side of a screen, using static text and images to communicate to a dulled audience who’s been staring at a screen for hours already.
Your audience expectations have elevated thanks to high-quality, immersive presentations and consumer content, the likes of which you’d find in a TED talk or Apple keynote. Thankfully, however, content and presentation tools have risen to the occasion. Enter the era of the interactive presentation.
What is an interactive presentation?
In the simplest terms, an interactive presentation is precisely what it sounds like: a presentation you can interact with, complete with multi-dimensional media. They often incorporate web-style functionalities like navigation, hyperlinks, and hotspots. For example, in an interactive presentation, you have the freedom to click on content and have an action occur, such as a video, animation, or popup box.
However, as simple as that may sound, it’s just the beginning of what an interactive presentation can do. Interaction fundamentally changes the way you can engage with your audience. It turns a passive experience into an authentic conversation that benefits everyone involved.
Is an interactive presentation different from interactive content?
Interactive content includes videos, image sliders, animations, polls, and more. An interactive presentation is the means used to combine and bundle multiple types of interactive content all in one place to present to an audience, often in real time. With an interactive presentation, you can combine interactive content with storytelling and questions to engage your audience.
Why do we need interactive presentations?
Preferences and expectations have changed: Today, viewers simply expect innovative companies to present information in a highly engaging, multimedia style no matter the device, location, or time. But there are other benefits to interactive presentations.
Interactive presentations increase engagement.
Interactive presentations allow you to go from talking to your audience to talking with them. Neuroscience research shows that by using interactive presentations, your audience immediately has the motivation to stay engaged and participate . That is, an interactive presentation allows you to navigate in a nonlinear fashion : You can ask the audience what they want to talk about, and the navigation options enable you to jump directly to the content that is most interesting to the audience without disrupting the natural flow of the presentation.
Additionally, asking audience members to participate helps them tune in and bring back those whose attention may have drifted off. Interactive presentations will allow you to include audio and video files. Through an interactive presentation, you can include deeper content within each section and create a greater understanding of what you want to convey.
Interactive presentations encourage team building.
Making a presentation interactive adds surprise, delight, and fun. Getting interactive also makes it easy for team members to break the ice, connect, and work together. Getting away from a traditional lecture is also a welcome break from the monotony of a regular workday. Interactive presentations can contain video, audio, polls, and even games. Using these types of interactive content makes the presentation fun, encourages team-building, and fosters innovation. Not only will your audience absorb and retain more of your information, but they’ll also enjoy doing it. It’s a win-win.
Interactive presentations make learning easier.
Distraction is common in presentations. Even the most compelling speaker can struggle to try to keep a large group engaged with just slides and images. It’s easier to remember the content of a presentation when you’re actively participating in the experience. Imagine the difference between reading about communication versus working through an exercise. You’re much more likely to feel comfortable with the tools and information you’ve learned after putting them into practice in a safe space.
Furthermore, better engagement leads to better information retention. No matter what kind of presentation you’re delivering, interactivity brings concepts off the screen and into real life.
Interactive presentations allow for personalized delivery.
Adding interactive elements to a presentation makes it feel more thoughtful and personalized to your audience. Creating that personalized connection is vital to keeping audiences engaged and informed. You can also add interactive elements into an existing presentation for a customized feel. It also empowers your audience to ask questions, offer feedback, and actively participate.
Ways to use interactive presentations
Elevating your training programs through touchscreens, animations, games, and other interactive elements helps teams onboard or learn information and take action for sustained behavior change.
Conferences are often filled with multiple days of boring PowerPoint, PDF, and Google Slides presentations. Can you imagine how refreshing it would be to walk into a conference session and have a chance to move, speak, and participate? As we’ve said before, not only will an interactive presentation make your content more engaging, your session attendees will retain what they’ve learned better as well.
Website or microsite
Websites need interactivity to lead the user around the page and into the other pages. By providing interactive content throughout, you’ll more deeply engage your audience than with static texts and images.
This is a bit of a misnomer, but a “leave-behind” we’re thinking of is an interactive asset you can add to your follow-up email after a conversation with a prospect, customer, or new employee. Imagine the context and clarity you can create by using interactive content to keep the conversation going.
Employees are inundated with communications from every level of the organization. Interactive content can help internal leaders drive adoption for an initiative, take an action, or provide further information.
How can I make my presentation interactive?
With the rapid growth of interactive presentations comes a multitude of new technologies to help you create them. Today’s interactive presentation software offerings make it easy to create an interactive presentation yourself with no need for development skills.
How can interactive presentation software help make my presentations easier?
Much of the media you encounter today comprises various media types, like audio, video, gifs, and more. However, including these media in traditional presentation software is often clunky and unintuitive. Interactive presentation software, on the other hand, makes adding these to your presentations easy and effective.
Professional visual aids
According to a study by venngage.com , 65% of professionals at 2018 Marcom conferences designed their own presentations and relied heavily on imagery. Additionally, over 90% of a person’s daily processed information comes from visual receptors . Interactive presentation software makes it easier to get to a professional and well-designed visual experience that goes far beyond bullet points.
If you’ve ever used PowerPoint or Google Slides before, you know that they provide users with some limited themes and templates. However, today’s interactive presentation software often includes dozens of templates with customizable features built to make interaction easy without having to learn to code. And these aren’t just for PowerPoint users but also for Adobe XD, Sketch, and more, making designers’ lives easier than ever. That way you already have the right formats and media — all you need to add is your branding and company voice.
Learning new technology can feel like a daunting addition to your presentation planning. However, editing tools for interactive presentation software are intuitive and straightforward to use. Content creators have less of a learning curve because most of their time will remain in their design tool of choice, from Adobe XD, InDesign, and Photoshop, to Sketch, Figma, PowerPoint, Google Slides, and more. When you combine this with the extensive collection of templates available, you’ll end up with something personalized and professional, and feel ready to drive the results you’re looking for.
Another great feature to add to your content experience is to scroll through other content within the page. Users don’t have to leave the experience. Instead, they can just continue to scroll and explore the content at their own pace.
Interactive functionality also lends itself well to infographics and animation, and it’s definitely more engaging than a static image or PDF. An in-page scrolling feature also lets you build multi-dimensional components. Elements like scrolling make your presentation feel more like touchscreens and social media feeds that audiences already use and enjoy.
Data and analytics
Data-driven insights have become a crucial part of how organizations innovate and optimize the work experience. Interactive presentation software is not only an excellent tool for creating engaging content quickly, but it’s also excellent at collecting data and helping you develop and evolve both your content and your presentation style.
While it’s impossible to measure how long a group of people listen in a conference room or open a PowerPoint or PDF attachment, interactive presentations let you collect data on this and more. You can measure clicks, scrolls, and other metrics that can help you continually craft better and more effective presentations. Depending on what software you use, you can even gather all of that information without leaving the platform.
Now that you’ve seen all the advantages of an interactive presentation and how easily interactive presentation software can help you bring them to life (without any code!), the only limitation to your presentation is your imagination.
What is Interactive Content? Plus 6 Examples
You have likely heard the phrase “content is king.” This sentiment still holds true. However, there have been a lot of advancements and innovations in the content space. As more and more brands look to engage with their customers through storytelling, “interactive content is king” feels like a more apt phrase to describe the state of content marketing in 2021.
Brands have continually raised the bar for quality content while customers simultaneously expect more and more from their branded interactions. This has led to a rapid increase in the creation of quality interactive content across the marketplace. At this point, just 5% of produced content creates 90% of engagement . That means all content is not equal: Supercharging your top 5% of assets can supercharge your engagement.
What is interactive content?
Interactive content is content that audiences actively engage with. Rather than just passively digesting a video, website, or white paper, interactive content elevates the content experience with personalized interactions. This dynamic content keeps audiences focused on your message while also becoming immersed in your brand.
What are some examples of interactive content?
There is a wide variety of interactive content types. A few examples of interactive content can include e-books, sales decks, onboarding materials, and more. Interactive elements like surveys, infographics, and more also improve the experience and provide meaningful context. There are many different options, so selecting the right one for your organization takes some thought. That’s why it’s important to think through your business needs and goals, and then choose the type of content that will work best to help you achieve those goals. Here’s a closer look at a few different kinds of interactive content:
E-books are publications specifically built for the web. It’s like an interactive PDF but has fewer limitations and usually operates more smoothly across browsers and platforms. An e-book can contain myriad impressive interactive elements like video links, case studies, or animation. On top of all that, e-book technology can improve reports, studies, and white papers by increasing engagement and allowing users to explore information as they choose. In short, why use an interactive e-book rather than a PDF? Because customers and prospects are evaluating lots of different solutions, and you want to have differentiated content that leaves a lasting impression.
See an example of a microapp e-book.
Video has long been the best way to get a viewer’s undivided attention on the internet. Even as new technologies emerge, video remains a tried-and-true way to create high-engagement media. The key is to craft a compelling story that viewers will want to follow until the end. Sparking that curiosity is a mix of finding the best hook, appropriate production, and a strong sense of your audience. Additionally, adding a video within an interactive document can provide context, summarize surrounding material, or simply engage the viewer with another medium.
See an example of using video in a microapp.
Quizzes and polls
Surveys and polls have been a key piece of audience engagement ever since the days of paper magazines. Quizzes and polls feel fun to users as they acquire useful or entertaining information in exchange for sharing data. That’s part of why quizzes are a tried-and-true method for engaging with audiences. This style of content works best as a way to facilitate feedback and capture new user data while keeping the audience engaged. It’s much easier (and more effective!) than methods like email surveys or follow-up calls.
See an example of a microapp quiz.
Infographics combine illustrations, icons, and graphics to create compelling and thematic visualizations of facts and data. Infographics make complicated facts and figures more digestible by using animation, typography, and story to bring data to life. Currently, 60% of B2B companies are already using this format, and similar trends are visible in HR departments, education, non-profits, and more. Interactive infographics are usually single, long-scroll web pages commonly developed in HTML5. Interactive infographics take the clarity of a data visualization a step further. As a result, the reader can better understand the story behind your data and is much more likely to engage with any content.
See an example of data brought to life in this microapp.
Landing pages are a lead generation and conversion staple. However, you can increase their effectiveness by taking an interactive approach to the content on the page. From animation to video, the right content at the right time can trigger audiences to type their information into a form field to become a lead.
See an example of a landing page with a microapp here.
Why is interactive content important?
E-books, infographics, and blog posts are already valuable tools for educating and communicating with your audiences. Adding interactive components make these tools more attractive to your customers through the power of delight and entertainment. And that’s just the beginning. Here are a few reasons that leaning into interactive content is worth it.
Interactive content increases leads and fosters loyalty from customers.
Creating interactive content leads to an overall better customer experience and boosts feelings of brand loyalty across the board. From increasing trust around sharing information, to feeling truly educated, and even being entertained — interactive content just resonates better with consumers.
Interactive content increases engagement.
Even basic interactive pieces tend to have high engagement levels, simply due to their dynamic nature. When done exceptionally well, research has shown that on average, interactive content receives double the engagement that static content does. While the content may dictate how the user interacts with it, the consumer has a sense of discovery and control that keeps them attentive and interested. Rather than your content acting as a billboard that displays information consumers may or may not see, interactive content acts more like a conversation between you and your audience. Once you give them something of value, they’ll be more likely to continue their customer journey with you. Which brings us to our next point.
Interactive content makes collecting data easier.
Personalized marketing campaigns are quickly becoming the status quo, but to create a robust and targeted plan, you need relevant data. Interactive content is a great tool that makes it easier to capture key information from customers, such as demographic and firmographic information through lead capture forms. Today’s consumers can also be nervous about handing over personal information like email addresses. But by offering a rich, interactive content experience, you’re providing something of value to the customer that makes submitting personal information feel worth it. It feels less risky to share your email address with a company that has created something truly engaging.
Interactive content sets you up for successful testing.
Metrics from passive content can reveal information around scroll depth or bounce rates, but it can’t tell you how much of the content the consumer is actually viewed. Interactive content, on the other hand, works by collecting data while the content is in use. This allows you to measure views, clicks, and interactions with individual elements of your interactive pieces. From there you can test, analyze, and optimize your content around the goals you’re trying to achieve.
Interactive content makes your content better.
As you gather data through your content, you’ll begin to learn about your audience’s content preferences. This makes it easier to refine your content strategy and lean into the tactics that work best for your consumers. This approach to highly targeted content marketing is fantastic at helping you establish trust and authority as well as expand your audience by serving up effective and informative content they’ll want to come back to time and time again.
How can I start creating interactive content?
Although interactive content creation may seem daunting at first, platforms like this one can do the heavy lifting by offering simple, customizable tools that don’t require development skills. And it’s absolutely worth it. Having a partner or tool that can make your content look and function the way you want is invaluable.
As you can see, interactive content holds so much potential. It pulls consumers directly into your story, offers them something valuable, and provides you with better insights. If you do it correctly, it can be a catalyst for your business or brand. After you’re done, just take a look at your data, get creative, and watch as your consumers start engaging more and building bonds with your brand.
Communication is tricky. How do you get your message across in a fun and engaging way to ensure readers, customers, clients, or whoever your target audience is retains it long after they hear or read it? It’s time to rethink those flat, two-dimensional resources, switch up your communication game, and look beyond the traditional PowerPoint and Microsoft Word document. How exactly? Two words, my friend: interactive documents.
What Is an Interactive Document?
Traditional documents and marketing materials have limited space for information and engagement, but interactive documents take it to another level. Let’s start by talking about what makes a document interactive. An interactive document is chock-full of features like video, audio, buttons, page transitions, GIFs, and even podcasts, all neatly tucked inside like a Mary Poppins bag of wonders. It doesn’t stop there. You can even incorporate Google Docs and file sharing so users have a direct connection with the material at hand. The sky’s the limit when it comes to interactive pieces, and depending on which category below you want to address, there’s more than a few documents to consider:
- White papers
- Data sheets
- Research and analyst reports
- Case studies
- Buyer’s guides
- ROI calculators
- Onboarding and training guides
- Pitch presentations
- Industry/professional best practice guides
- Competitive and cost comparisons
- Sales decks
- Finalist presentations
- Training playbooks
- Onboarding materials
- Benefits/compensation resources
You’re probably thinking, great — but how exactly do you make these interactive? Simply put, these six features are what make immersive, engaging content:
- Fillable forms: Especially useful in business, these make the reader an active participant, help collect user data, and contribute to future analytics.
- Video files: Add life to content and engage readers right off the bat.
- Audio files: Great for samples and a refreshing change from text.
- Buttons: Help you navigate easily and allow users to go at their own pace when reading content like brochures or portfolios.
- Hyperlinks: Direct readers to another section of the document, another document altogether, or separate web address for additional information.
- Photo galleries: Pick images that capture your audience, such as employees in action, relaxing or engaging pictures that evoke emotion, and images that help the reader identify with the content.
Which of these features appeals to you? Now think of your audience. How can you incorporate one or more of these to inspire and engage them? Next up, let’s explore the deeper benefits of interactive documents.
Why Interactive Documents Are a Must for Your Success
Consider this: 88% of marketing professionals reportedly agree that interactive content separates them from their competitors. Furthermore, another 93% from this same Business2Community survey agree that interactive content is effective when it comes to educating buyers. So they give you a leg up on your competition, educate and engage your staff, and depending on your industry, bring the people to you. What’s not to like? If that’s not enough to convince you, consider these additional top 10 reasons why you need interactive documents, like, yesterday:
- They supercharge your marketing strategy: Take the guesswork out of learning your audience’s wants and needs, and then use interactive documents to generate more leads based on what you find.
- User friendly and more bang for your buck: There’s only so much content you can fit into a traditional PDF, but interactive documents allow you to take a deep dive into data and immerse readers in your content in an engaging and inspiring way.
- Create a lasting impression on readers long after they read it: In the words of the great Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” What do you ultimately want people to remember and take away after reading?
- Convenience, convenience, convenience: Most attention spans are short. While some readers want all the information, some just want to quickly and easily jump to the information they need. Interactive documents allow you to do both.
- Take a different approach to feedback: Interactive documents offer an alternative approach to gathering feedback with surveys or just by allowing you to understand where people click, spend the most time, what they ignore, and where they leave. You can then use this data to adapt your content to best meet the customer’s needs.
- Set the tone for future interaction: Whether it’s a brochure, culture handbook, or quarterly review, when you set the precedent with interactive, engaging, fun content, you pull your audience in from the get-go and keep them coming back for more.
- Boost retention and conversion rates: You heard right. Happy, satisfied readers are not only more likely to keep coming back for more but also move through the sales process.
- Pique their interest and capture the attention of readers: Even the driest subject can be made interesting with the right format if you appeal to your audience and clearly show them what’s in it for them.
- Increase interaction: Use fillable forms to your advantage and identify prospective client needs and preferences so you’re catering to them right from the start.
- Add an innovative approach to professional documents: Take otherwise dry content and make it engaging and memorable.
Now that you know what exactly interactive documents are and why you need them, let’s take a look at some examples to inspire you.
10 Interactive Document Examples to Bring Down the House
- This Seismic Media Kit captures you from the moment you start watching the intro video. It only gets better from there as users navigate through a series of slides, sure to engage and captivate even the toughest crowd.
- Do you have a culture book? Could it use some updates? Paycor’s culture book is a prime example of how you can bring your company culture to life and leave a lasting impression on your employees from the very first day they start.
- What comes to mind when you hear quarterly reviews? Fun? Engaging? A delight to the eye? Probably not. But what if they could be? Compass Development’s Quarterly Review is sleek, smart, and a refreshing change from the traditional approach to sharing market insights.
- Say sayonara to boring newsletters and check out this eye-pleasing, interactive, and engaging Paycor newsletter that incorporates videos, GIFs, and audio to engage and inspire staff as they read along.
- Recruit the right people and attract talent with this innovative job recruiting template . With crisp, clear, and easy-to-read content, it will leave your prospects scrolling for more.
- Make onboarding new staff a fun and easy experience with this self-paced, customizable resource guide .
- Revamp your product guide with video, scrolling pictures, and a contact form at the end to help you easily gather user info.
- Does your presentation need a modern update? Take a look at this webinar template . It’s simple and visually appealing with video, key takeaways, and highlights.
- Case studies are tricky. They can be really good or really boring. Many are text heavy and they’re not exactly the crowd pleasers of marketing. But what if you could change that and engage readers from the onset with a structured and easy-to-read format that makes them want to click through to the very end? Look no further and download this case study template .
- User guides don’t have to be lame. This user guide template does all the work for you with its bright, colorful, and easy-to-follow format.
Still craving more? Check out even more examples in our showcase .
How to Create Interactive Documents That Make You Stand Out From the Crowd
The answer is simple: microapps. It sounds complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Not sure what a microapp is? Microapps are interactive digital assets that enable immersive experiences. Ultimately, they connect your brand with your customers, prospects, and employees so everyone can be part of your story. Sure, you could take a stab at it on your own, or perhaps you’ve already downloaded one of the templates previously mentioned. The thing is, microapps allow you to build interactive documents effortlessly so you have more time to invest in your content — and ultimately your people. Consider Tiled’s seven steps as you go about creating:
- Think like your audience: What are the deeper benefits for them? How do you address their struggles? And speak to them in a format that they identify with? Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.
- Establish the outcome: What’s your intent? Educate? Train? Buy? And what’s the ultimate end goal? Are you assessing their comprehension if it’s training material or convincing them to take the next step, whatever that may be?
- Create your structure: Think back to the interactive features you can include: videos, graphics, statistics, quotes. What will speak to your audience?
- Be dynamic by default: What interactive features attract people and which ones will you incorporate into your interactive document? Maybe it’s simple, with navigation and galleries, or perhaps you want more videos and/or surveys.
- Make actions obvious: Ensure the next step is clear so it’s easy for the reader to take action. For example, watch this video, click here to continue, etc.
- Improve with analytics: Remember that it’s a team effort. Work with your team to ensure the flow, visuals, words, interactive content, and call to action are obvious.
- Measure engagement: With microapps, you can track KPIs like open rates and engagement easily and remove the guesswork.
Learn More and Get Started Today
The idea of creating interactive documents may sound daunting at first, but now that you know how to go about it the right way and have come to realize just how simple the process can be, it’s time to say goodbye to static content. Join the interactive document revolution. Make your people an active part of your story, inspire, and engage them with meaningful content.
For more resources including webinars, e-books, and other inspiration, check out Tiled’s Resource Library .
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Interactive presentation software allows you to combine text, photos and video, audio, and other online content in one dynamic document. This makes it easier to condense more information into fewer slides.
If you’re a teacher, you can share multiple materials in one single learning resource. Plus your students can create their own projects using digital media and online maps. For business or training, try embedding spreadsheet data, PDFs, and online content directly in your slides.
An interactive slide deck is more user-friendly than a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or Google Slides document. That’s because you can break information down into digestible chunks with pop-up windows, labels, voiceover explainers, and annotated infographics .
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The best interactive presentation activities get your audience interested in the topic and help them understand your points. When you want to go into detail on a subject, try adding a tooltip, callout, or close-up. These options are great for explaining complex diagrams and charts.
Text overload is a common problem that can be solved by making slides interactive. Long pages of text are boring and difficult to read, leading people to switch off and lose concentration. Break the monotony with pop-up explainers, video and audio clips, or voiceover.
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12 Interactive Presentation Software: Grab and Hold an Audience’s Attention
When you create a presentation, you want your audience to be engaged, to learn something new, to get excited, etc. But in the era of smart toasters and mobile phones in watches (wristphones), traditional linear PowerPoint presentations have lost almost all of their effect. Luckily, progress isn’t just about making once innovative things old-fashioned, it is also (and rather) about development. In the case of presentations, the development is interactivity.
What Is an Interactive Presentation?
An interactive presentation is one that has some content objects you can interact with: hotspots, navigation, pop-up boxes, animations, etc. This feature helps grab the learners’ attention and keep audience engaged.
We’ve collected the 12 best tools that’ll let you make your visual presentations interactive. Choose the one that works best for you and takes your student learning experience to the next level.
1. ispring suite: “fast authoring toolkit”.
Rating: 4.7/5 – 319 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
iSpring Suite is an interactive presentation software that lets you design engaging courses on your own or in a team, quickly and easily. It works as a PowerPoint add-in that provides tons of robust options. To make your presentation interactive, you can add dialogue simulations, quizzes, screencasts, and video lectures. You can use an existing PowerPoint presentation as a starting point and enhance it with iSpring tools or build one from scratch.
To make your learning content even more visually engaging, you can create interactions. There is a set of ready-made templates that can present your content as a FAQ, timeline, cyclic process, catalog, and many more. To save time and effort, you can use Content Library, with its more than 89,000 eLearning assets such as backgrounds, characters, and icons that wil help bring creative ideas to life.
iSpring Suite also has an online space for teamwork and collaboration called iSpring Space. With this, users can build simple courses and knowledge checks directly in a browser, and work with colleagues on eLearning content in the cloud. Just send a course link to your colleagues, and they’ll be able to edit texts and polish the appearance of the course.
Even if you don’t get along with computers, you’ll find iSpring Suite easy to use. Just install the program, open it, and you’ll see the iSpring Suite tab on the ribbon of the PowerPoint interface. From there, you can access all the features of the software, and you won’t have to leave PowerPoint to use one or another feature. For example, unlike some other tools, you can record a screencast and synchronize it with the slides – all in one program.
iSpring Space is also extremely intuitive. All you need to do to start designing content with its tools is to create an account.
The courses you build with iSpring Suite will work on any platform: desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile. You can either publish your presentation in HTML5, or upload it to any LMS because iSpring Suite supports all eLearning standards: SCORM 1.2/2004 , cmi5, xAPI , and AICC.
The courses you design with iSpring Space can be published to an LMS too. This web-based authoring tool supports SCORM and xAPI.
iSpring Suite is the best interactive presentation software for small and medium businesses that need to create versatile digital learning content. It is especially great for creators who prefer teamwork and may need extended sharing options. Schools and universities might also find this tool ideal, as there are many features that make the studying process extremely engaging and effective.
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2. Nearpod: “Empowering Teachers, Inspiring Students”
Rating: 4.6/5 – 85 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Nearpod is designed specifically for the educational sphere. With this software, teachers can build online lessons, share them with students, and monitor learner results. There are some really nice unique features like the ability to insert assessments into a video and thereby save the flow of the presentation, or the integration with Zoom – you can combine your interactive presentation with an ongoing Zoom lesson, boosting student engagement and the effectiveness of the educational process overall.
Create your educational content, then log in to the Nearpod website, upload it there, and add interactive activities such as polls, memory tests, embeded videos, or quizzes. You can share your ready-made presentation with your students by sending them an access code via email, shortlink, or social media.
Interactive presentations for classroom, distance, and hybrid lessons.
Nearpod is the best interactive presentation software for schools, especially for distance learning.
3. Prezi: “The Most Dynamic and Engaging Presentations Ever”
Rating: 4.2/5 – 4,879 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Prezi is one of the best tools for making engaging lively presentations. Prezi Present lets you design animated content and present over video. With Prezi Design, you can create all kinds of graphics, animate objects, filter images, and, on top of all this, edit your presentation the way you like.
You can create your digital presentation from a blank canvas, or use pre-designed templates from a library. If you have some ready-made PowerPoint slides, you can import those as well. When you’ve finished editing your presentation with Prezi, you can convert it into video format and use it during your speech or a webinar on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and others.
Web-ready dynamic presentations.
Prezi is the best interactive presentation software for businesses that have a creative approach. Prezi might also be handy for marketing and sales teams as it lets you track who views the presentation and what most interests them.
4. Mentimeter: “Everybody is Heard”
Rating: 4.5/5 – 39 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Mentimeter is another tool for creating interactive presentations. With this software, you can add quizzes and real-time voting to gather data, and add images and GIFs to make your presentation engaging.
Mentimeter is a cloud-based tool, meaning all you need to do to start working with it is sign up. Create presentations using templates and themes, quizzes with 13 question types, and insert images and GIFs from integrated free stock images and GIF libraries. Once your presentation is ready, just share a link with your audience.
Well-designed interactive online presentations with real-time response and data analysis.
Mentimeter is one of the best interactive presentation tools for gathering feedback-based statistics at companies, schools, and universities.
5. ClassFlow: “Teaching With a Modern Touch”
Rating: 4/5 – 9 reviews ( Common Sense )
ClassFlow is a free cloud-based lesson delivery software that lets you design interactive presentations and gauge your students’ knowledge. ClassFlow is useful for both in-person and distance learning.
To start building lessons, designing tests, and managing your classes, you need to create an account. Once you do this, all the features, such as interactive widgets, tests, flashcards, and become more available. You can use them to create your interactive presentation and then share it with your students.
In-class, online, or hybrid presentations that provide real-time statistics and can leverage a reward and badge system.
ClassFlow is the best interactive presentation software for schools and universities that can’t afford a big budget but are eager to enhance their classes and keep their students engaged.
6. SlideDog: “Freedom to Present”
Rating: 4/5 – 13 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
SlideDog is an interactive presentation tool with which you can combine PowerPoint and Prezi slides, PDF files, videos, web pages, and more, into a single seamless presentation.
To create a multimedia presentation, the first thing you need to do is to drag files into a playlist pane. This will be your playback order. SlideDog doesn’t just let you combine files from other programs but also offers some interactions such as questionnaires or live chat with the audience. You can create them with this software, add them to the playlist, and share your presentation.
Interactive multimedia presentations that include files in their original formats.
SlideDog is the best interactive presentation software for people who organize meetings, conferences, and other events that involve several speakers with individual materials of different formats.
7. FlowVella: “Apple Application Creation Made Easy”
Rating: 4/5 – 4 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
FlowVella is a tool for designing interactive presentations on Apple devices. This software enables you to have a video, an image, text, and more, all together on one slide. FlowVella urges the user to leave traditional linear slides in the past and helps to build an engaging interactive user experience.
Download the FlowVella app, open it and either start building your presentation from scratch or choose one of the ready-made templates. Easily add files of different formats with a drag-and-drop interface. Once your project is ready, save it on your device. When you need to share the presentation, upload it to the cloud and send its unique URL to your audience.
Interactive online presentations that support smart gestures such as tapping, swiping, and zooming objects.
FlowVella is one of the best interactive presentation software for exhibitors who need to create content to arrange iPad-based kiosks for events.
8. IntuiFace: “Create Amazing Multi-Touch Applications”
Rating: 4.7/5 – 23 reviews ( Capterra )
Intuiface is a powerful tool that converts all your media into interactive content for mobile devices and multi-touch displays. Being a really complex and multifunctional program, Intuiface is an easy-to-use option for people with any level of coding skills, because it is not you who does all the mathematical job of implementing interactivity in your presentation, but the program itself.
You can start creating your presentation using pre-built templates, by importing from PowerPoint, or from a blank canvas. Perhaps, it’s better to start with a pre-built template to understand all the basics. Just choose the appropriate template, drag content objects and drop them onto the scene, and try interacting with the project. Once you get to know all the features that Intuiface provides, it will be simple to create presentations using advanced options that can add even more interactivity to your content.
Interactive presentations with media automatically responsive to tap, swipe, and other touchscreen gestures that are available on any device.
Intuiface is the best interactive presentation software for those who want to create a “wow effect” on a multi-touch screen at exhibitions, conferences, and other events.
9. Visme: “Translate boring data into beautiful visuals”
Rating: 4.6/5 – 157 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Visme is a cloud-based interactive presentation tool that helps you visualize data, and design infographics, reports, charts, and banners for websites and social media.
There are a good number of pre-made customizable templates that are divided into 4 categories: Presentations, Infographics, Banner, and Custom project. Choose the appropriate category and select the template you like. Add interactivity by embedding polls, quizzes, videos, and more. The ready-made presentation can be shared via a link, embedded into a website, or downloaded as a picture or a PDF document.
Visually beautiful interactive presentations that don’t require a lot of time and effort to create, and can be shared both online and offline.
This is one of the best tools for educators, presenters and communicators, especially those who prefer teamwork, as Visme lets you organize the project data into folders and provide role-based permissions.
10. Pear Deck
Rating: 4.4/5 – 28 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Pear Deck is a tool that helps you create incredibly beautiful and engaging interactive presentations for your students, track their progress in real-time, and let them answer questions anonymously so they won’t be afraid to give an incorrect answer and appear silly.
Download and then open the add-in for PowerPoint Online or for Google Slides. Create your interactive lesson from a blank canvas, or use one of the templates provided. You can add different assessments, questions with draggable answers, audio, images, videos, and more. Once the presentation is ready, launch it with Pear Deck.
Beautiful interactive presentations that have lots of features to engage your students and to have them feeling safe at your lessons.
This is the best interactive presentation software for schools, and educators working with children.
Rating: 4.8/5 – 16 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Genially is an online platform that lets you convert presentations on any topic and for any audience into extremely interactive and animated content.
Choose one of thousands of templates, or start from a blank canvas. You can fully customize all the templates, add files, add interactivity, and animate objects. The animation in templates is provided automatically, but if you feel like changing it, you can do so freely. When you finish your presentation, you can present it with Genially, or download it in HTML, PDF, and JPEG formats.
Highly interactive and animated presentations that can be embedded to your website, or presented in any way you desire.
Genially is the best interactive presentation tool for people from different professional areas who want to engage their audience by presenting their content dynamically, beautifully, and in a highly interactive manner.
Rating: 4.8/5 – 78 reviews ( G2 Crowd )
Beautiful.ai is an online platform for creating presentations quickly, with minimal effort. Although interactive features are limited to just three, Beautiful.ai’s main advantage is the fact that the designing process itself is interactive: you place an image and the software automatically sets the right width and height, so the entire slide looks beautiful. It makes it extremely easy to create and edit presentations, letting you focus on revising your speech instead of fixing the image size, number of charts, etc.
Choose the appropriate template and customize it with your images, audio, texts, and other content objects. Try working in a team and see how simple and entertaining it is on this platform. Share your presentation via a link, or export it to PPT.
Effective good-looking presentations that are easy and fun to create.
This is one of the best software for people who create or edit presentations often and want to spend less time doing that, while maintaining their work at a high level of quality. Beautiful.ai might be too limited for educational purposes, as you are not able to add assessments to your presentations with it, but if you need to pitch or show a strategy, or even teach a lesson without evaluating learners’ progress, Beautiful.ai proves effective.
How We Tested the Best Interactive Presentation Software
To provide you with accurate and reliable information on interactive presentation software, we read through related articles, compared ratings, and signed up for the free versions of various software solutions to test-drive them. We also read customer reviews to see if our impressions of using the specific software align with the experiences of others. In our search for the best solutions, we focused on identifying the category of users who would benefit most from a specific software solution.
FAQ on Using Interactive Presentation Software
After choosing a suitable software solution, you might have some practical questions about creating interactive presentations for different uses. In this case, check out a couple of frequently asked questions in that regard.
How can I make my presentation interactive?
Whichever software you use for creating presentations, work on them at the levels of text, visuals, and what learners can do with your presentation (like navigating through slides and triggering certain animations).
Don’t overuse texts and make sure to supplement them with pictures, characters, and backgrounds. If possible, put large texts into a script and record a voice-over for your presentation.
How do I make an interactive PowerPoint presentation for eLearning?
A great way to make your presentation interactive and even more engaging is to use triggered animations. Below are the three examples of triggered animation types that you can make in standard PowerPoint.
- a hidden-object game
- a jeopardy game
- interactive flashcards
The fastest and most robust way to make an online course out of your presentation is to convert it into one of the eLearning formats, such as SCORM, which will enable you to track how learners take your course and answer quizzes. You can make it in the abovementioned iSpring Suite, in the same PowerPoint interface.
We hope you found this article helpful and discovered at least one interactive presentation software that you can’t wait to try. If you need to create professional-looking courses containing slides, scenarios, screencasts, and assessments without spending time on training, start with an iSpring Suite 14-day trial and explore all of its features right now.
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Jun 11, 2020 | Marketing
An interactive presentation is the best presentation you can deliver nowadays to keep your audience engaged. Hence, you need to retain the attention of your audience. Interactive presentations are a great way to present information while keeping your audience engaged, a well-designed presentation can make all the difference. According to a Prezi study , half of the respondents said they did something other than listen during a co-worker’s presentation, including:
- Sending a text message (28%)
- Checking emails (27%)
- Falling asleep (17%)
Giving presentations is an important part of sharing your work and achieving recognition within medical and scientific communities. The ability to do so is a key element to career success and its important to have a clear goal to get the best slides of medical presentation .
What is an interactive presentation?
An interactive presentation is a presentation you can interact with using navigation, hyperlinks, and hotspots, etc. So when you are presenting you can click on some content and something will happen such as a popup box appearing or you can jump to a specific slide. Sounds simple enough but it’s what the interactivity enables you to do that is key here.
Interaction changes the way you can present and talk to customers.
It frees you from a linear presentation format, letting you jump to slides depending on the conversation and creating a personal experience for the customer. This is key to an all-important ‘customer-centric’ experience.
The importance of an interactive presentation in the scientific world
Thanks to the advance of technology, it has been possible to develop tools such as interactive presentations , that allow you to engage with your audience more effectively. Regardless of whether we are doctors or patients, through an interactive presentation, we can deliver highly complex scientific messaging.
We can see a clear example in this video of an interactive presentation made by our 3DforScience team, where it shows an interactive heart, in which you can click on different parts and various explanatory messages appear. As well as move through all the angles of it. This type of presentation generates a lot more engagement with the user because it presents something so complex in such a clear innovative way.
Benefits of having an interactive presentation
Interactive presentations will allow you to include audio and video files
Through an interactive presentation, you can include within the different sections videos that attract more attention of customers/patients, as well as a greater understanding of what you want to convey.
- It increases the level of engagement with your audience- Interactive presentations help your audience reconnect and focus when they have lost the attention
- It makes the presentation fun, encourages team-building and innovation. Having a break from the routine, getting a chance to move around, creating teams is much better than sitting silently and taking notes.
- Better Retention of Information. It is normal to get distracted in any presentation. Thus, it is important to use different tools to capture the user’s attention, such as interactive material through videos, audios, etc.
- Allows a Personalized Delivery. Adding interactive elements to a presentation brings more attention and interest to the user.
An interactive presentation can be used for different activities
Conduct corporate training sessions in a new way. Add gamification to your session to energize and improve the learning experience.
Make your teaching more interactive by letting students actively participate in lectures by using the interactive presentation as a formative assessment tool.
Can you make events more exciting by enabling the audience to participate in interactive presentations?
To increase energy and give everyone the chance to voice their opinion.
Looking to create a persuasive interactive presentation?
Engaging with your audience is crucial to make an impact. Your presentation should attract your audience, draw their attention, and stimulate their thoughts and understanding. This can be done in several ways.
Technology advances every day, and we cannot afford to step behind. It is important to give our clients the greatest possible attention, as well as to get the most out of our product.
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Giving a presentation at work can be intimidating, even if this isn’t your first rodeo. You want to convey the information clearly and intelligently, but you also want it to be a crowd-pleaser. But how? The presentation has to be conducted professionally, but you don’t want to bore everyone or yourself, for that matter.
Tedious, boring meetings serve no one and are a waste of time. This is a pity, as often good information is shared, but delivered in such a sterile way, that the audience doesn’t find it useful. What you want to give is an interactive presentation – where your audience feels seen by you and where real communication of ideas has occurred.
What Are The Benefits of an Interactive Presentation?
While you might feel that you just want to present the information and get this over with, audience engagement is crucial. Going the extra mile to make your presentation engaging and interactive won’t just make it more enjoyable for you and the audience, but a better learning experience for both of you.
Think of interaction as a means of making your presentation more consumable for the audience. Trying to pull all of this together can drive you mad, but MeetingPulse is here to help. We’re an online platform, completely customizable for your company or organization.
We offer live interactive opportunities throughout your meeting with your audience, using computers, tablets, even their phones. Your audience will be completely engaged with your presentation, and you won’t have to worry about it. We can take this task off your plate.
Related: Top Interactive Online Meeting Ideas
Putting together a creative and interactive presentation can be challenging. Here are 20 interactive presentation ideas:
We love icebreakers, don’t we? We secretly dread the ones that embarrass us, but the good news is, they don’t have to be embarrassing. The goal of ice-breakers is to warm up the audience and to initiate a rapport with them. This usually happens by getting to know one another better.
In a small audience, you might share a bit of information about yourself and ask each audience member to do the same. In a large meeting, you might ask the audience to introduce themselves to the person sitting next to them, or another favorite is Five of Anything .
We’ve all heard of death by Powerpoint, haven’t we? It’s a ghastly way to go. But fortunately, if you include a video clip or two in your slides, boredom may be avoided. A new voice can help your audience to remain engaged, and you can have help presenting bits of information.
Pro Tip: Let the video do the boring bit. A video clip can be a presentation within your presentation.
Keep the audience guessing. One slide doesn’t have to follow the next. You can mix things up a bit. Moving around your presentation, not following a predicted order, will engage your audience as you pique their interest. One exciting idea is to allow the audience to determine the course of topics — more on this one later.
Asking and answering questions is a great way to get the audience involved. This can be more than a brief time at the end of a presentation for the audience to ask questions. Open questions may be asked of the audience throughout or breaks taken between sections for questions to be answered.
Take your question-asking to a new level, and create an interactive quiz . The audience may engage with it on any device they have with them — even their phones. MeetingPulse is the expert on that. The quiz may also be embedded within your presentation, with questions strategically placed to gage audience expertise, attention, and engagement.
No, we don’t mean a bag of cool, but random stuff. Delivering an excellent presentation has a lot to do with storytelling. So a prop can be useful in injecting energy and adding another dimension to the topic. For maximum effect, the props should be few, and they shouldn’t distract from what you’re saying.
Tell a story
Everyone loves a good story! Telling your audience a story during your presentation will draw them to you and your topic . Stories stir our interest, our emotions, and they stay in our memory. The best speakers are excellent storytellers — so hone this skill.
Speaking for an extended period can be challenging, so add some audio narrative to your presentation. Pre-record audio on a few slides or sections so that you can have a break, and your audience hears a slight change in presentation. An audio narrative can go into more depth than the slide shows, or it can be an opportunity to add music or other invigorating elements.
Poll Your Audience
A sure-fire method for engagement is polling the audience . Asking questions that have to do with the topic or just a lot of fun questions, is an enjoyable way of interacting. Your poll can be with raised hands, or you can use software.
MeetingPulse is experienced at creating interactive meetings with live polling for real-time engagement .
Related: 35 Funny Poll Questions to Ask Your Audience
An audience divided into small discussion groups during a presentation, is a fantastic way of keeping everyone engaged and interested.
Discussing topics relevant to the presentation will help the audience retain the information and the audience members will help each other gain a better understanding.
Our other ideas stimulate activity in the mind of the audience, but physical movement is necessary for the body. Many people fall asleep when they’re sat in one place for too long. If the audience is to be kept awake and fresh, movement is vital. This may be accomplished by frequent intermissions, where people can walk and stretch their legs, or by directed “movement breaks.”
Get Your Audience Asking Questions
Questions aren’t just for the end of the presentation. Audience members may be invited to write their questions on the topic at the beginning of the presentation . This helps them to be listening out for the information they especially wanted and fosters engagement. Frequent question breaks throughout the presentation are also helpful.
Let Your Audience Direct
This will mean a little extra work on your part, but giving the audience some say in the flow of the presentation, can be very rewarding. Your slides may be arranged on several points, and the audience may be allowed to choose which points they want to hear first, second, and so on.¬†
Share a Hashtag
If you’re presenting at an event that already has a branded hashtag, encourage your audience to use it as they ask questions and make comments on social media. But if your presentation is standalone, you can still create a hashtag and encourage the audience to use it. You can keep track of their questions and comments by tracking the hashtag on social media.
What can be more energizing than a little music at just the right moment? You can use music as a background to some of your slides, or do a fantastic blast of pop music to move onto a new section of your presentation. This will refocus your audience and keep them enthusiastic about your presentation. It’s also suitable for those directed movement breaks, aka dance breaks.
Transitions and Animations
Transitions on your slides may be automated, so they move smoothly from one to the next. You can create a theme with animation that shows itself throughout the presentation. Transitions can be made fun and visually appealing for your audience.
This doesn’t have to bog you down, at MeetingPulse, we can integrate your Powerpoint with our interactive software and create a wildly engaging presentation.
Data visualizations can demonstrate the facts and figures of your presentation in a display that helps the audience to understand it better. Visualizations can be in the form of colorful charts, graphs, infographics, etc. They are fun and engaging while helping to convey the meanings of your figures succinctly.
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Get Off The Stage
It can be exciting for you and your audience if you occasionally leave the stage and walk among them. While we don’t recommend crowd surfing (unless it’s that kind of event), this is a great way to interact with the audience and heighten the energy in the whole room.
If you’re especially daring, augmented reality is making its way into the professional space. You can forget all about a slide presentation and create a 3-D experience for the audience. This idea is tech-heavy and tough on the budget, but if you can swing it, they won’t forget it. There won’t be one sleepy eye in the place!
Play With The Length and Structure
While you may have been allotted the usual stretch of time, it could be very refreshing to audiences if you got to the point, made the point, and sat down. Feel free to mess with the structure of your presentation as well.
Why not redesign your talk and forget the expected norms, and instead, consider your audience. Prioritize getting the information into their hands and making it a memorable and quality event.
Well, there you have it, twenty of the most exciting and interactive presentation ideas ever! What you have to present is important, so why not take the time to create an event that will be enjoyable, interesting, and engaging for everyone involved. You don’t have to try all of these ideas in one presentation, but add them to your toolbox for future ones.
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Education | Sep 21 2019
5 Interactive Presentations Ideas that will Engage Students
Interactive presentations should always be an educator’s goal. Dry, teacher-centered lectures lose students’ interest, while interactive presentations grab and hold attention. Getting students involved improves retention, understanding, and enjoyment. And it’s remarkably easy to involve the audience with just a few easy principles (especially with the right technology at your disposal).
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Students today expect the classroom to be both educational and enjoyable at the same time. Interactive presentations help engage students by having them participate in the lessons instead of passively listening to lectures. This reduces boredom and gives students a sense of responsibility to be attentive.
A Gallup Poll of about 3,000 schools shows that around the 5 th grade 74% of students feel they are engaged in school, but by the 10 th , 11 th , and 12 th grade those numbers fall to the 30% range. It is important for educators from K-12 and on to higher education to recognize that keeping students engaged in the classroom is important and the adoption of interactive learning environments can be a key driver.
Millennials and Generation Y students are especially accustomed to being a part of the lessons and not just a spectator. Students are encouraged to talk and offer their ideas to create a collaborative atmosphere where both teachers and students are sources of knowledge and insight. The teacher plays more of a facilitator role in moving the lesson along and encouraging students to participate in their own learning outcomes. Students offer their own input, additional information, and give examples of how they would apply the key concepts.
The learning task is the central aspect of the interactive presentations (instead of the teacher’s energy level and hold on the students’ attention spans) and the lessons evolve around it. Even though the teacher is normally, the ‘presenter’ in most cases the ‘interaction’ part comes in a variety of ways to get students participating in the lesson. Many activities, games, role-plays, quizzes, and discussions can be integrated into the presentation flow and the lessons will take different directions from there. We will discuss later many examples of tools and techniques to encourage collaborations.
Technological Aid in Interactive Presentations
Although interactive presentations can be done without technology, it is greatly aided with the adoption of tools designed to facilitate the learning process. For example, a quiz is given in the middle of the presentation. On one side, traditionally a teacher can write the quiz before the lesson starts, print out copies for all students, pass out the quiz, and collect answers. To provide feedback for the exercise the teacher will also need to grade and start a discussion on the results before moving on to the next topic. This process is time-consuming and restrictive.
With technological aid such as an interactive digital whiteboard or a classroom quizzing application on individual devices, the students and teacher can come up with the quiz questions on the spot. This digital quiz can be administrated wirelessly to all students and within seconds, the results can be shared with all participants to discuss. This greatly increases spontaneity, variability, and class involvement.
5 Interactive Presentations Ideas and Corresponding Technology Aids
The teacher does not have to be the only star. The glory of the presentation can go to all participants who have a story to tell. The main concepts can be discussed and students should be given time to come up with a personal example. This exercise helps students relate to the subject matter and getting to listen to other students’ examples will drive home the concepts further. The need for the teacher to plan extensive examples and be the only one talking during the presentation is reduced. Teachers can also judge by the stories shared how much the students are understanding.
Storytelling with technology: Many digital whiteboards have Cast and Throw functions that will allow students to work on their own examples on their devices and send this to the whiteboard when sharing. This allows students to quickly go up and share their stories without sending files by email, wires, or USBs.
2. Non-linear presentation
Presentations that do not follow a strict order but organically flow from topic to topic based on the audience’s feedback are a great way to engage participants. Once prepared, the presenter can flow from one topic to the next by asking questions, polling, or receiving requests at the end of each key point. This allows the audience to ‘build’ their own presentation on what they want to hear not in a rigid manner as with traditional slide-based presentations.
Non-linear presentation with technology : There are non-linear presentation applications like Prezi which helps presenters build presentations on easy-to-customize templates. They offer a zoomable canvas (not slides) to help people share knowledge, stories and inspire audiences to act. The canvas shows relationships between points and offers a recommended flow but not a set path to follow.
3. Polls, surveys, and quizzes
One of the most recognizable and used tools in the classroom to get a fast reaction from students are polls, surveys & quizzes. For polls, simple questions that have limited answers are used to gather a consensus. This could be in the form of a raise of hands, ballots, or having students form groups. Surveys would require printed paper sheets with multiple choices, scales, or short answers to gather opinions. Quizzes are used to quickly test a student’s knowledge on what was just covered, so the class can identify weak areas and crystalize main concepts.
Polls, surveys, and quizzes can be anonymous or not. Openly requiring students to share their ideas on results such as a debate or open discussion would increase the interactives of the activity. Students can also be tasked to create questions and grade their own surveys and quizzes for an added layer of participation within the presentation.
Polls, surveys, and quizzes with technology : Many classroom management software such as Google Classroom has built-in tools to create polls, surveys, and quizzes along with assignments, communication, and other educational features. Once submitted, the collection and grading are instantaneous. The results can be shared easily with students both individually or as a group.
Is there a student – of any age – who does not like a good game, contest, or competition? Adding a small game into a presentation breaks up the normal lecture format and gets the audience to think critically to help their team win. There are many versions and adaptions of basic educational games . Teachers can take games such as Pictionary, Jeopardy, Casino, and Bingo then adapt them to their needs.
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Gamifying your interactive presentation : By integrating into the presentation links to applications like ClassCraft or Kahoot a teacher can quickly launch an interactive digital game. These applications help teachers tailor their own games by adding their questions, facts, and materials for individuals, small teams, or the whole class to participate.
5. Discussions and groups breakout sessions
Having the class only listen to a lecture marks the end of any interactive presentation. Adding sections where students can have an open discussion or breakout sessions can help students learn from each other, share insights, and have an opportunity to ask questions to their peers. It is also an opportunity for the teacher to take a break from talking and help small groups or students individually as the rest of the class converse.
Taking the discussion online for interactive presentations : Live discussion applications like NowComment allow students to markup and discuss a text in real-time which is great for peer-review activities and gather student input into one place quickly. Alternatively, Yo Tech is great for teachers to create and moderate real-time chat rooms. Students can send text-like messages, reply to other messages, and share pictures and drawings. Online chat groups are a great way for large groups of students to collaborate and interact in one place while keeping the noise level down in a classroom.
Tips for Creating Interactive Presentations
Here are some tips when creating a presentation that has interactive components:
Add in places within your lecture notes or presentation slides reminders for you to engage the audience. This could be a small image or phrase. When using digital whiteboards or other display technology you could also use a sound, empty slide, or pop-up link to prompt you to start.
It is great to keep going a good game or discussion in the class where everyone is really engaged. However, keep the maximum amount of time you can dedicate to these activities in mind. Have a watch or a timer on hand and keep things moving. Give enough time for students to get engaged without overdoing it. Spread out chances for students to talk and share. When it is time to move on to the next topic prepare a transition to the next part of the presentation.
Think of ways to let all students have a chance to share. You can select students randomly or have them take turns in some kind of order. Remind students that this is a learning activity and not everyone will get it right the first time. The interactive activity should be open and inclusive. Students who are introverted may be given activities that can be done without going to the front of the class or public speaking.
Benefits of Having Interactive Components in Your Presentation
- Retention: Actively having students engage with the concepts of the presentation in different ways and hearing it from different people (besides the teacher) helps with long-term retention.
- Personalization: Students are given the choice of where the presentation is heading and participate in their own learning outcomes.
- Fun: Having a break from the routine, getting a chance to move around, developing teams, and sharing are all much better than sitting silently and taking notes.
- Feedback: Adding interactive activities into a presentation gives you instant feedback about students’ comprehension.
- Vocalization: Having students actually vocalize their ideas helps them internalize the concepts.
- Summarization: Students review and summarize their own main points while doing the activities so there is less need for repetition.
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Lindsie Nguyen • 16 Jan 2023 • 6 min read
In this article, we will cover the following:
- What is the interactive presentation?
Why we should make our presentations interactive?
4 reasons your company should use an interactive presentation software, what can you do with interactive presentation software.
- What is the best interactive presentation software?
Practice with AhaSlides for a better interactive presentation
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When you are preparing for a presentation, you want it to be engaging and memorable. Yet after giving and attending various presentations, you may be aware of how the audience can lose interest in a presentation shortly after that presentation kicks off. Those are typically the presentations that lack the “interaction”, where the presenter takes the lead all of the time and gives no chance to the audience to participate.
However, you may be unsure of how a speech can be considered “interactive” and attention-drawing and how you can transform yours into wonderful presentation. With our experience as professional speakers, we have found these core values we can rely on to re-assess our presentations and make improvements, and you can use them, too!
“Interactive” presentation – What is it?
An “interactive” presentation means a two-way conversation between the presenter and their audience. These are some bulleted points (but not all) you can refer to, to check if your presentation is interactive enough:
- Tailored content and props for each type of audience
- Optimise the use of visual information
- Ask audience questions
- Give the audience time to voice out opinions via Q&A or Discussion sessions
- Fun interactive, topic-based games
- Include personal stories, apart from evidence-based ones, if possible
- and a lot more – your imagination is the limit!
Most of the time, we have come to terms with conditional, old-styled presentations which are monologues by the speaker. They give information, they give out slides with tons of text, and they speak – seeing their audience glaze over and start to glue their eyes to their phone screens.
On the other hand, interaction makes audience truly a part of your presentation by creating a connection between you and them.
The sense of engagement gets them to be willing to listen to you and subconsciously more perceptive of your ideas. On the scientific side, activities speak 70% more than mere words! With interaction, the audience is not only more focused during your presentation but also retains the information for a much longer time than when they simply listen.
Elaborate Visual Aids
According to a study by venngage.com , 84.3% of the 400 speakers at the Martech conferences in 2018 created visually-focused presentations. The study demonstrates how visual is an integral part of a successful presentation.
With AhaSlides, the contents of a presentation can be easily laid out in videos, images, polls, quizzes and other elaborate visual aids. With these advanced aids, the presentation will surely maintain the focus of the executive audiences and improve the experience of your company meetings.
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Traditional presentation tools like PowerPoint or Google Slides provide users with some themes and templates. However, they cannot match the hundreds of templates readily available in any interactive presentation tool. With a vast and constructive community, their users contribute to an ever-expanding library of templates.
Furthermore, among all the software, AhaSlides stands out for allowing users to customize and insert their logo branding, background, and theme font onto the presentation. This feature is suitable for critical corporate meetings that require a formal and severe template for their presentation.
Intuitive Editing Tools
The editing tools for this software are also intuitive and easy to learn. These editing tools, along with an extensive collection of templates, will equip the company with the means to create captivating presentations for various groups of audiences.
Utilizing the best UX design philosophies, most interactive presentation software provides innovative and visually stunning designs for its users. These designs fully exploit the limited space of a slide. They deliver the most information to the audience through the intelligent and artistic combination of visuals and text.
As we are commonly used to the traditional presenting styles since school, you may find it uneasy about adding interaction into your presentations at first. However, this can now be solved with interactive presentation software.
Interactive presentation software provides multiple design tools and easy storage
The older version of visual aids like pamphlets, paper handouts, whiteboards, flip charts, and so on are now replaced with customised themes, graphs and charts and various question types. These can be conveniently stored online or on small storage devices. This removes the inconvenience of carrying bulky papers and items during presentations.
Interactive presentation software integrates multimedia functionalities
The interactive presentation software allows for integrating texts, images, and videos into one presentation. They are effective ways to turn data into visually good-looking information that the audience is willing to take a look at!
What is the best interactive presentation software today?
Thousands of interactive presentation software are now available on the market, catering for your essential needs when creating interactive presentations. Some popular choices are Mentimeter, Sli.do, Poll Everywhere, Quizizz , and so on.
Among all these alternatives, AhaSlides is the one that stands out as a full-packaged and the most affordable choice – a software that allows you to host fully interactive presentations with awesome activities. There is a lot you can do with AhaSlides :
- Get ideas and crowdsource the best ideas from the audience with live polls. Captivating Word Clouds , Open-Ended questions and more are available for you to get your audience involved! Real-time results are displayed in animated charts or graph types of your choice. Or you can add some fun competition with Quiz Games in just a few steps and let the audience compete for the first spot on the leaderboard!
- Either pick up the Presenter Pacing option to keep an audience on the same slide as what’s being shown on the big screen; or Audience Pacing so that they can move back and forth, get hindsight into what will be shown and always be on track – ideal for online surveys and reports!
- Get full-packed customisation for free! There are no other software to date that allow you to customise your presentations with beautiful colours, and themes and display, all for free.
- Upgrade for advanced features, including Data Export , at surprisingly lower cost than other alternatives, from $4.95/month.
- Get in-time support via Website, Email or Facebook whenever you prepare for your presentations or face troubles!
You can use this powerful tool to win the attention and keep the audience as your alliance, just like millions of other public speakers, educators, businesses and teams worldwide!
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Involve your audience in your presentation as you would in a conversation rather than a one-way lecture. Prezi Present’s one-of-a-kind open canvas allows you to navigate freely throughout your presentation and dive into any topic your audience wants to know more about. Reveal key data and findings by hovering your mouse over interactive graphs, tables, and infographics, all of which can be made with Prezi Design and easily incorporated into any presentation to make it more interactive.
You can make any video meeting a more interesting and immersive experience with Prezi Video. Create an interactive presentation with Prezi Present, then take it to a virtual meeting and bring it with you on screen. You can also use features like name tags and virtual backgrounds to enhance your video feed and make you look even more professional.
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- To create an interactive presentation, create from a template, start from scratch, or convert an existing PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation to Prezi.
- Upload your own images, GIFs, and videos, or select visuals from Unsplash and Giphy directly within Prezi.
- Add custom elements, such as tables, graphs, and maps with subtle effects that add an extra layer of interactivity to your presentation with Prezi Design .
- Add your presenter notes to keep track of main ideas and speaking points.
- Share your presentation by presenting live and in person, through a shareable link, or by using Prezi Video to present on a video call.
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Frequently asked questions
What is an interactive presentation.
An interactive presentation is precisely what you might guess – a presentation you can interact with. They often use features like clicks and movement, and weave in activities like questions, polls, and games throughout the presentation to get the audience involved. An interactive presentation is fundamentally different than a traditional presentation in that the audience is an essential part of the content. Their involvement creates more conversational, authentic experiences that benefit everyone involved.
Can I create an interactive presentation on Prezi for free?
Yes. You can sign up for Prezi for free and start creating an interactive presentation immediately, and explore even more features and team options when you try one of our premium plans with a free trial.
How can I make a virtual presentation interactive?
With cameras off and microphones muted, it can be difficult to make an interactive presentation online, but not impossible. The trap that many virtual presenters fall into is sharing their screen and delivering their presentation more like a lecture. The audience recognizes the one-way nature of it and goes into passive mode. Use Prezi Present to create a presentation that feels more like conversation rather than a rehearsed deck of slides, and take it on screen with you with Prezi Video . This allows more face-to-face interaction with your audience and makes your presentation much more engaging.
Can I use an existing Powerpoint or Google Slides deck to make an interactive presentation on Prezi?
Yes, you can convert Powerpoint and Google Slides decks by importing them into Prezi. You can also take these presentations with you on screen to any virtual meeting, making for more immersive and interactive presentations than before.
Does Prezi’s interactive presentation software work with tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams?
It sure does. Connect an interactive presentation to any video meeting with Prezi Video. Just make sure to select “Prezi Camera” from the camera list to see your content.
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How to create an interactive presentation and keep viewers engaged
For most people, the word “presentation” is synonymous with boredom. Pair it with “business” or “educational” and you make it even worse. Before they even sit down to watch, your audience has flashbacks to that endless chemistry PowerPoint in the 10th grade. Yikes. But here’s the thing: online presentations don’t have to be mind-numbing. Like most trends that started in 1990, they just need a makeover.
According to the experts , the best way to make your presentation more interesting, engaging, and effective is to make it interactive . It’s not even that hard to do. With the right tools, you can make your presentation interactive in just a few minutes.
What is an interactive presentation?
Unlike a static presentation, an interactive presentation includes opportunities for your audience to get involved in real-time. This can mean including video clips for discussion, live polls or quizzes, in-person activities, or incorporating stories to create a more engaging experience.
In a standard presentation, audience members watch something. In an interactive presentation, they do something. And when we learn by doing , we retain material significantly better .
There are tonnes of benefits to making your presentation interactive.
- Boost engagement: interactive elements make your presentation more engaging. When your audience knows they’re going to be a part of the experience, they’re more likely to stay present and focused throughout.
- Connect with your audience: the lecture format is one-sided. The presenter becomes the talking head, and everyone else is free to doze off. Making your presentation interactive transforms the lecture into a conversation, allowing you to connect with the other people in the room.
- Share the workload: interactive presentations make presenting easier. When you toss questions or activities to the crowd, you share the burden of transmitting the information. More work from the audience can mean less work for you.
- Personalised delivery: because they’re informed by participants, each interactive presentation is unique. That means you can tailor your presentation to the people you’re speaking to, personalising the experience to make it that much more meaningful.
The main types of interactive presentation
Before we get into how to build the perfect interactive presentation, you've first got to decide what type of presentation you want to run.
Is it formal? Entertaining? A live webinar or a delayed video uploaded to YouTube?Are you speaking to investors for your non-profit , prospective clients, or just trying to convince your partner to let you splash out some cash on a new TV?
The type of presentation you're running influences everything from your tone to the kind of online tools you might use to build it.
Your interactive elements should be relevant to the type of presentation you’re giving. You might include a Kahoot poll if you teach third-grade history, but you’ll need something a little more professional for a sales pitch.
8 ways to make your presentation interactive with Paperform
Paperform is a form builder first and foremost, but you can also use our tools as an interactive presentation software. Just treat each page of your form as a slide to create a custom presentation your audience will love.
It’s not a replacement for Powerpoint or Prezi, but it’s a great way to bridge some gaps and add interactive elements to your presentation. One of our own, Josh, uses Paperform to help his son Jesse create presentations for school.
Most recently, Jesse and his dad made an incredible presentation on the Amazon, complete with wild jungle GIFs, interactive animal quiz questions, and plenty of surprising jungle facts. We made this quick replica to show you how to use Paperform as an interactive presentation software.
When you host your slides on Paperform, you get access to all the sweet features that make our digital suite of tools so unique, like conditional logic , advanced calculations , heaps of design options, and built-in robust data analytics.
Making an effective presentation shouldn’t be a chore. Let’s walk through eight interactive presentation ideas you can try out today, and how you can implement them with Paperform.
1. Make use of visual elements
There’s nothing worse for your presentation design than endless blocks of text. Nobody wants to be lulled to sleep with a bedtime story about this quarter's financial goals.
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re going to say it, you don’t need to write it. The text should be used to remind you of your key points and topics, not to explain them in detail. That’s what you’re there to do. Try to use graphs, charts, or visualisations of data whenever possible.
Paperform it: If you’ve collected your data via a Paperform poll or survey , we’ll make the visuals for you. Just head to our built-in analytics dashboard and download custom graphs created from your form results. And if you create your interactive presentation slides with Paperform, you can also make use of our native integration with Unsplash and Giphy. Just think: all the royalty-free images and GIFs you might want, all without leaving the editor. You can even edit the images with our built-in editor.
Our integration with Adobe creative cloud allows you to import your branding and colour palette automatically, so creating personalised presentations is easy. And once you make one you like, you can share it as a template with the rest of your team so everyone can start from the same square one.
If you’re not using Paperform to host your presentation, you can always find your visuals separately and incorporate them into your slides on Prezi or Powerpoint. Wherever you host your slideshow, aim to have at least one visual for every two slides.
2. Start with icebreakers to set the tone
Icebreakers aren’t just for summer camp and blind dates. You can use them to build rapport, set the tone for what's to follow, and show that you have created a safe space that encourages audience participation. They can even be—dare we say?—fun.
When picking your icebreakers, try to be creative and topical. It’s a great opportunity to introduce audience interaction and gain some information that might be relevant to your presentation.
Let’s say you’re giving a presentation to your colleagues about the success of a recent advertising campaign. You could ask everyone what their favourite commercial is and why. Down the line, you can return to these answers for a brainstorming session about your next ad campaign.
If you're working with a small group (say 5-10 people) you can chat with your audience directly. If you’re working with a larger audience, you can ask folks to chat in pairs or send small groups off in virtual breakout rooms.
Paperform it: With Paperform, you can send out your icebreaker as a quick, interactive poll. Include it within the presentation itself, or make a separate one and add the link to your slideshow software of choice.
However you choose to share it, your respondents can answer your Paperform in a few clicks, and you can view the results in real-time. It’s a constructive way to connect efficiently with your audience when presenting remotely.
3. Find your narrative
A story can be a great hook. Draw people in with an engaging personal anecdote, and return to it throughout the presentation. It’ll keep them engaged from the beginning, and recenter them along the way if they drift off.
Take our ad campaign presentation. You might start off with a short story about how much you loved Frosted Flakes commercials as a kid, and how you went as Tony the Tiger for Halloween one year. You can return to elements of this story throughout (maybe even a photo of the infamous costume).
Why use stories in a business presentation? For the same reason we tell fables to children. Stories to help us learn. When there’s a narrative behind your presentation, your audience will be inherently more connected to it, and more likely to remember what you say.
Paperform it: Incorporating a story can be done in just about any presentation software. But if you want to get really creative with it, you could use Paperform to build your narrative into an escape room .
Just pick your story, create a few puzzles that relate to it, and use our advanced conditional logic to create a lock and key or branching-style escape room. You can present the escape room alongside your presentation, or hide the clues within the presentation itself to keep your participants hanging on every slide.
4. Let your audience decide the presentation order
Most presenters use a slide deck to support their presentations. Whether you use Powerpoint, Prezi, Google Slides, or heaps of cardstock like Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually , slide decks are a great way to keep yourself on track. There are three main ways to progress through a slide deck.
- Standard navigation: this is the presentation you’re probably familiar with. A presenter clicks through their slides in real time, but the order is predetermined.
- A video presentation: a linear presentation where slides automatically play one after the other. This is great for presentations that will be inserted into a website or landing page , and not necessarily accompanied by a live person.
- Flexible navigation: this kind of presentation is influenced by the audience and the presenter. The presenter clicks through slides but can skip around freely and use interactive elements like buttons, clickable images, and direct download links .
Paperform it: Paperform can help with all three. For standard navigation, simply add each “slide” as a new page in your Paperform, and progress through the pages as needed. Your respondents can do this, too.
Just send the link and allow latecomers or no-shows to progress through the presentation on their own time.
You can do the same thing with video presentations. Just add your recordings on individual pages, and include a short quiz after each video. With a little conditional logic, you can block viewers from progressing until they answer the comprehension questions correctly.
And then there’s the funky one: flexible navigation. It’s a great way to keep viewers engaged and on their toes. By using conditional logic, you can allow your audience members to alter the course of the presentation in real-time based on their feedback.
Take the ad campaign presentation, for example. You could ask folks what they would rather go over first: Instagram or YouTube stats. If they go with Instagram, you would click that option and your presentation would navigate you to the appropriate page.
Your audience doesn't need to (and probably shouldn't) decide the order of your entire presentation. But adding just one or two opportunities for viewer choice can make a huge difference in engagement levels.
5. Add polls and quizzes for gathering feedback
Polling audience members shows them that their opinion matters. It's also a fantastic way to get a sense of how the presentation is going, and whether attendees are understanding the topic.
Consider adding a true or false question with a surprising answer, or a quick pop quiz at the end of each section. If you’re presenting in person, you can answer the questions yourself based on feedback from the audience, like voting by applause or raised hands.
If your presentation is virtual, you can have respondents answer the poll on their own devices, either in the presentation itself or via a separate link.
Paperform it: Paperform makes creating polls and quizzes easy. We have over 25 field types to choose from, so you can gather the right type of data every time. You can send out a lightning-fast yes or no poll, or ask your officemates to rank all the Harry Potter movies. We’ve got ranking and rating fields for that express purpose.
All Paperforms are mobile-optimised, so you can be sure your presentation polls and quizzes will look great on any device. And if you’re making a longer quiz but don’t want to overwhelm respondents , you can toggle on guided mode to display one question at a time.
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6. share a hashtag to promote social interaction.
We live in the era of the second-screen experience. The chances are that while you're speaking, folks are simultaneously tweeting, emailing, or operating their entire small business on their phones.
Sure, that means your audience might be distracted. But fighting the current by asking them to turn their phones off is a losing battle. If you can’t beat them, join them.
Try making a branded hashtag to encourage participants to engage with your presentation on social media. It's a combination of word-of-mouth marketing, event promotion and social interaction all rolled into one.
When done well, social hashtags can:
- Encourage people to promote your event on social media
- Give attendees a way to share further discussions online
- Allow you to look at tagged responses to analyse customer opinions
- Draw attention to your presentation
- Keep attendees engaged with the material
Paperform it: Paperform integrates with all your favourite social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. With this connection in place, you can automatically post a tweet when someone submits your form.
You could use this integration to give folks a shout-out when they complete your digital presentation at home. Just include a short Paperform at the end of your presentation, ask for their handle and permission to shout them out online, and have a congratulatory post shared on your platform automatically.
It’s a great way to celebrate your audience members and boost awareness about your online presentation or webinar at the same time.
7. Include multiple Q&A opportunities
Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest ones. If you want to know how your audience is going, just ask them. Q&A sessions give you the chance to do just that.
The trouble with traditional Q&A sessions is that they come too late into the presentation, and are too short to be meaningful. How often have you sat through an hour-long presentation, only to be asked if you have any questions at the very end?
One-time, end-of-presentation Q&As are not ideal. It’s easy for participants to forget their questions, and it puts pressure on them to make their time count.
There’s a better way: incorporate several, shorter Q&A sessions throughout your presentation. At the end of each section, take some time to answer audience questions and listen to audience input.
When your participants know they’ll be able to ask questions regularly, they’re more likely to stay present with each section. It also takes some of the pressure off and gives more shy participants several chances to consider raising a hand.
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Worried about time? Embed the video of a favourite song, and allow participants to ask questions while it plays. You get yourself a built-in timer, and you break up your presentation with some music clips. Win-win.
8. Improve based on participant feedback
You might have your own markers of a successful presentation—whether people laughed, followed you on Twitter, or sent you an email saying how much they loved it. That's all well and good, but it doesn’t give you a lot of tangible data . The best way to measure the success of your presentation is with a post-event survey .
Leave your audience with one final moment of interaction by sending out a feedback form after your presentation. They get to share their thoughts, and you gain actionable insights on how you can improve for your next presentation.
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12 Interactive Presentation Ideas to Engage Your Audience in 2022
Too often, presentations are thought of as one-way communications. The speaker is on the stage delivering their presentation and it's the audience's role to listen attentively. Interactive presentations are different because they involve the audience.
As freelancers and small business owners, our clients hire us for our expertise and solutions to problems that they have. That's why I firmly believe that when the opportunity arises, it's a great idea to give a presentation and share your knowledge.
You can involve the audience by giving an interactive presentation. In this tutorial, I'm going to share ideas on how to make an engaging presentation by including audience participation in your presentation. With an interactive presentation you'll make a memorable impression. I'll share seven interactive presentation ideas to engage your audience.
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It'll help you with the complete presentation process, taking the interactive presentation ideas you'll learn in this article further.
Now, let's take a look at how to make your presentations more interactive:
1. Use Social Media
Most people have social media these days, so why not include it in your interactive presentation?
Twitter is the easiest to use for this purpose. Create a hashtag that people can use for their questions or thoughts. Tell your audience what your hashtag is before the presentation starts. Then, let your audience know that you’ll answer questions during or after your presentation.
You can also use Facebook and create a Facebook group for audience members to post their questions about your presentation. Social media is an excellent way for people to interact with your presentation. Try this if you're looking for interactive presentation ideas for students.
2. Print Out a Handout
Print the main points of your interactive presentation topics on a handout and give it to your audience. This allows the audience to look back over previous parts of your presentation. This can also allow the audience to take notes if they choose to
3. Use Props
Looking for interactive activities for presentations? If you've got a small audience, using props is a great interactive presentation idea. Use a prop to reinforce important points.
You can also use props to help explain a problem or situation. Props can allow you to visualize what you’re talking about. And it can be a way to get your audience involved with the presentation.
4. Lead a Q&A Session
One of the most popular ways to engage an audience is to open the floor for a question and answer (Q&A) session. These sessions give you the opportunity to take questions from the audience and interact with them.
Leave time at the end of your presentation to take questions from the audience. Not only will a Q&A session spark direct interaction with the audience, it gives you a chance to share your knowledge and build up your expertise. The audience may even consider the way you're answering your questions and picture working with you. Here's a sample slide to add to your presentation:
When you open up questions to the audience, it opens the floor for discussion. The presentation might go in a direction it may never have gone without the audience input.
Check out the full tutorial below for a complete guide to preparing for a Q&A session with the audience.
5. Host an Experts Panel
One interactive presentation idea is to have an experts panel during your presentation. An experts panel is like a Q&A session on steroids. Instead of directing all the questions to one speaker, design your presentation around a group of experts who are well-equipped to answer any question that may arise.
Most expert panel sessions feature a mix of questions you'll prepare for the audience and questions from audience members.
Let's take a look at an interactive presentation example. The video below from TechCrunch's Disrupt conference is a great example of an expert panel:
You might be afraid that you can't find qualified candidates for your own expert panel. Don't forget that there's plenty of benefits for the experts who take part, as it gives them a chance to showcase their expertise. The experts don't have to be industry leaders to add insight, they just have to be more knowledgeable than the audience.
6. Get Audience Feedback in Real-Time
What if you could find out what your audience is thinking while you're giving a presentation? You could use this feedback to not only understand your audience, but also to tweak the presentation as you go.
Audience participation in presentations can help. This could be as simple as a show of hands question, such as "How many of you freelance for your primary source of income?" But there are even better ways to take a poll and feedback from your audience.
I recently attended a presentation where the presenter used a tool called DirectPoll to ask for feedback from the audience. This tool lets you create a quick poll that your audience can access and vote on from their mobile device.
A poll is an engaging way to let your audience know that you care about their opinions and are speaking directly to them. Consider a poll to grab attention and build trust by showing that you're interested in their background.
7. Use a "Choose Your Own Adventure" Approach
When I was younger, my favorite books were ones that had a fork in the road where I could choose my path. Instructions like "turn to page 43 if you want to take the door on the left, turn to page 55 if you want to take the door on the right" made me feel like I was in control of what happened to the characters.
What if we brought this same mindset to giving a presentation, except we let the audience influence which direction we go? Using either the polling approach I showed you earlier or a simple show of hands, consider designing a presentation that's got many branches. Here's a sample interactive presentation slide you could use:
Those presentation branches could vary the anecdotes you tell the audience, the videos you show, or any piece of content that you've got more than one option for.
This approach requires a bit more preparation, but it also has some advantages. First, having many paths for your presentation means that you may never give the same presentation twice.
The best part of making the audience choose the path for the presentation is that your audience may ask for the stories they didn't hear as a follow-up.
A branching presentation is yet another chance to interact with audience during the presentation. Giving the audience a role in deciding the direction of a presentation is one of the best ways to interact.
8. Follow-Up After the Presentation
Follow up is another way to interact with your audience. There's no reason that giving a presentation has to be the last contact you can have with the audience. What if your presentation could become the beginning of a dialogue between you and the audience members?
Many freelancers and small businesses use presentations and speaking engagements to gently promote their businesses. There are many great stories of using a presentation to gain new clients.
The wrong way to approach presentation follow-up is as a heavy-handed sales pitch. Instead, educating the audience and showing your expertise will make them think of you the next time they need to hire someone. Here's a slide that invites continued audience participation:
Here are three interactive presentation ideas to ensure that your presentation won't be the last time you speak to the audience:
- Make sure to include a Contact Us slide that gives your audience the chance to reach out to you. An email address or social media handle can be the start of a conversation with the audience to find collaborators or potential clients.
- Consider taking contact details from your audience before the presentation. If they're willing to share their email address, for example, you could reach out to them after the presentation in a personal way.
- Send anyone who signs up and shares their contact details a bonus, like a PDF supplement with your top tips from the skill you taught.
It only takes a few successful presentations to launch your business with enough clients to make the leap from your day job. But, you've got to give the audience a chance to connect with you after the presentation to launch those opportunities. Interactive presentations can be a key part of that.
9. Ask for Audience Action
Interacting with your audience is a start, but what if you directly asked for action from the audience? Audience activities during presentations are a good way to keep them engaged.
Those activities could include audience exercises such as greeting one another before you get started. You could also offer an intermission for everyone to stretch and take a break. You could also ask for follow-up action after the presentation. Here's a sample slide lead-in for an audience get acquainted time:
What I've found when I've used these techniques is that they generally increase audience engagement, even if that engagement is between audience members. Breaking down those invisible barriers during a presentation can continue the conversation long after the fact.
10. Publish an Interactive Presentation Online
Some presentations transcend themselves because they're shared online with others. When you've put so much time into your interactive presentation, why limit yourself to sharing with an audience only in person?
You never know what will happen when you share an interactive presentation online. Maybe the presentation takes on a life of its own.
Here's an interactive presentation example. This Netflix culture slide deck was published online and has now been viewed over 20 million times:
When you publish your interactive presentation, you give your work a chance to be seen by others. It can reach a greater audience than just those who can attend your live presentation.
Before you publish your presentation online, you may want to adjust the slides before you upload them. Here are three tips to help you get your presentation ready for sharing online:
- Consider adding an extra slide to explain the context of where your presentation was given. This helps an audience understand the reason you were giving the presentation.
- Since your audience may only see the slides, you may want to add Speaker Notes to the presentation. They'll help explain the slides in more detail to an online reader.
- Above all, make sure that your interactive presentation is okay to be shared online. For example, slides that you prepare for your company shouldn't be shared online without permission if they contain sensitive information.
Check out the tutorial below for ideas on how to share and popularize your presentation using popular services. You'll learn how to use SlideShare and PowerPoint Online so that a broader audience can see your presentation.
Remember, if you're using presentations to build your business, it's all about giving your audience value. The goal is to share your expertise and make yourself valuable and useful. You never know when your next client is sitting in the audience.
11. Create Discussion Questions
Another interactive presentation idea is have discussion questions for your audience. Have your audience break up into groups to discuss the questions. This allows the audience to interact with each other.
12. Use Music
Some interactive presentations have music added to the slides. This could excite the audience and break up the material you’re presenting.
For example, you could add fun music to some slides and light background music to other slides. You can also add fun music to one or two slides to add interaction.
Common Interactive Presentation Questions Answered (FAQ)
Do you have more questions about creating interactive presentations? Here are common presentation questions and answers:
1. Is It Possible to Personalize My Presentation?
Yes, it’s possible to personalize your interactive presentation. A key to personalizing your presentation is knowing your audience. Another tip is to use personal, relevant stories in your presentation.
2. Are There Different Presentation Styles?
Many different presentations styles can be used for your interactive presentation. If you're comfortable with your subject, there's the instructor style . If you need to convince your audience of an idea or product, then there's the persuasive style .
For more information on different types of presentation styles, read this article:
3. How Can I Use PowerPoint to Make a Better Interactive Presentation?
PowerPoint makes it easy to use premium premade templates. Plus, PowerPoint has a Slide Master where you can easily edit your slides from one screen. Slide Master controls the design for each slide that uses the master.
Another helpful feature is the Align Objects button. This helps your slide to look less messy. Learn more in the tutorial below:
4. What’s a Tip for a Good Presentation?
Rehearsing is an essential tip to have a good interactive presentation. When you rehearse, you find mistakes that you didn’t catch before and fix them. It can help to rehearse with a friend watching. They can tell you what the audience will see and whether they see any mistakes.
For a complete list of presentation tips to use for your interactive presentations, review the tutorial below:
5. How Do I Create an Impactful Ending to My Interactive Presentation?
One way to have an impactful ending is to stimulate the audience’s curiosity. Do this by stating a question or problem and then giving the audience the answer at the end of the presentation. This will cause the audience to look for clues for the solution throughout your presentation.
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A presentation isn't just a megaphone to speak to an audience. Instead, think of them as an opportunity for two-way communication with the attendees. You never know what connecting with audience members will lead to for your freelance business.
The tips in this tutorial are designed to engage your audience through interactive presentations. Try them out if you want to create a presentation that's less like a megaphone and more like a phone call.
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How to Nail Interactive Presentations, According to HubSpot Experts
Updated: March 16, 2021
Published: December 07, 2020
I can distinctly remember being extremely excited to attend a presentation from a speaker whose book I had read and loved in class. Unfortunately, the speaker was not as engaging as I’d hoped, and I found myself getting bored and distracted.
Marketers know better than anyone that capturing audience attention goes hand in hand with keeping people engaged. If people are bored, their thoughts will drift somewhere else, and you’ll miss out on the opportunity to impact their behavior. This is true regardless of the marketing medium, from advertisements to presentations.
That being said, marketers need to create effective ways to gain audience attention during their presentations — one of those is interactivity. According to the Oxford Dictionary , interactivity is defined as how two people work together and influence each other. Therefore, creating interactive presentations means using strategies that will capture and hold audience attention. It makes it easier to leave lasting, meaningful impressions about the content you’re sharing with them.
This post will outline the importance of interactive presentations and share tips from HubSpot experts for giving engaging, interactive presentations.
Why are interactive presentations important?
Interactive presentations are those where audience members and presenters feel like they’re in conversation with each other. It’s a pivot away from the lecture and listeners feel, as presenters entice audiences to participate and interact with them.
The reason for creating interactive presentations is simple: marketers who make a connection with their audience are more likely to have them leave feeling as though they’ve learned something from you.
All marketers want to leave good impressions, so understanding how to do this during presentations is important. Below we’ve listed nine interactive presentation ideas that you can use when planning your next virtual or in-person events.
Interactive Presentation Ideas
Use a powerpoint., draw comparisons to your passions., tell a story..
- Start with an ice breaker.
- Break away from the expected format.
Have Q&A or AMA sessions.
Use data representations., get off the stage., share resources for later..
PowerPoints help you incorporate various media into your presentations, like text, images, and even videos. This ensures that there is an aspect of your presentation that appeals to every audience member, as everyone learns differently.
For example, someone may have an easier time digesting your content when they can see visual examples. In contrast, their neighbor may retain more information if they can follow along by reading a brief summary. When you tailor your presentation to meet the differing needs of your audience, it’s easier for everyone to interact with your content and learn from your talk.
Should you choose to use a PowerPoint, this HubSpot download gives you four different slide templates to choose from that can be used to create high-quality presentations. Alternatively, you could use a smart presentation maker like Beautiful.AI , which also includes interactive presentation elements and design.
It’s probably safe to say that the presentation you’re giving is about a topic you’re an expert in. It’s also probably safe to say that your audience isn’t necessarily as informed as you are, so they’ll need more context to catch up to your level of understanding.
Content Creation and Lead Acquisition Marketing Manager AJ Beltis says that drawing comparisons to your passions during presentations can engage your audience and enhance their understanding of new concepts, especially if they aren’t contextually related. This could look like drawing in references to sports, movies, and pop culture.
Beltis says, “Help your audience better understand what you’re presenting by referencing something outside of the context — sports, movies, and pop culture references can work really well if they make sense.”
This keeps your audience engaged because you’re relating the information to real-life examples that may be more readily available to them. Bonus points if you use a humorous reference, which can cause your audience to create a positive association with the information and retain more of what you’re saying. If you begin with a cheerful anecdote, you’ll set the tone for the rest of the presentation.
Use an ice breaker.
One way to ensure that your presentation is interactive is to generate rapport with your audience with an ice breaker .
Ice breakers are short activities that audience members can participate in that are meant to inspire a sense of community and help audience members meet their neighbors. Ice breakers can also diffuse any sort of tension or anxiety from being around unfamiliar people.
If you’re at a loss for ideas, you can always try Two Truths and a Lie. Every audience member comes up with two factual statements about their life and one lie, and the rest of the audience works together to pick out the false statement.
Ice breakers are great because they are adaptable to both in-person and virtual meetings. For in-person events, per safety regulations, presenters can pre-select an ice breaker, and small audiences can go around the room responding to a question. For larger audiences, participants can simply introduce themselves to a neighbor.
For virtual events with small audiences, you can use the same structure as in-person presentations, but larger audiences can be broken down into smaller, more intimate break-out rooms. Either way, people are still breaking the ice, so to speak, and interacting with each other.
Use your presentations to interact with your audience by telling a story. It could be a personal anecdote, a story from a customer, or a well known-story that you adapt to illustrate your presentation’s message.
Senior Marketing Director Emmy Jonassen recalls one of the most memorable presentations from a HubSpot Marketing Team planning session: “There was a group that used Goldilocks and the Three Bears to illustrate how they went about solidifying the perfect strategy. The story paired with the imagery kept the audience engaged, and people were listening and laughing.” Jonassen says that, almost a year later, that was one of the most memorable presentations of the two-day session.
By telling a story, you’re using interactivity to influence your audience and help them remember what you’re sharing with them. A story gives your audience something to associate the information with, which may make the information you’re sharing easier to recall. You’ve used a story to influence their retention of the information you’re presenting.
Using data representations is a valuable way to showcase your content in a digestible format. For reference, data visualization is using things like charts and diagrams to help viewers understand the significance of the information you’re showing them. It’s easy to say the words out loud, but using pictures gives the audience a visual representation of your words.
Say you’re a marketer giving a presentation on the benefits your business has found from advertising on different social media sites. You can certainly verbalize how Twitter was the best, but using a chart that shows the difference in return on investment (ROI) between different platforms gives audience members a visual representation of your success.
If you’re a HubSpot user, Marketing Hub allows you to create visualizations from the data in your HubSpot analytics reports. The image below is a pie chart that was created using HubSpot reports.
All-in-all, data visualization increases the impact of your words because audience members get a picture of the significance of the information you’re giving them.
Breakaway from the “expected” format.
The disappointing presentation I mentioned earlier followed the typical structure of an introduction, content presentation, brief Q&A, and then it was over. I expected more interactivity from the author, but it really felt like a regular college lecture. I wish the author had mixed it up and varied their structure, maybe by asking us questions about our interpretations of the book, but she didn’t.
Many presenters follow this structure, and there’s nothing wrong with it, but the framework can become boring to your audience. If you mix it up and vary your style in a way that your audience wouldn’t expect, you can capture their attention by throwing them off (in a good way), and they’re likely to stay attentive because they don’t know what’s coming next.
Amanda Sellers, Historical Optimization Writer, says that breaking away from expected format could mean playing a game, or subverting expectations. She recalls giving a presentation on a Monday afternoon where she knew that the audience would likely be a bit quiet. For part of her presentation, she had the audience stand up and repeat the words she was saying; “Standing up got their blood flowin’, and I encouraged them to participate at full volume. This shook up the presentation, and it helped with information retention because the attendees were listening and repeating back the information.”
Breaking away from the expected format doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do something at the beginning that you’d usually do at the end — get creative with what this means to you personally and how it would benefit your presentations' interactivity.
A great way to interact with your audience is to have question and answer (Q&A) or ask me anything (AMA) sessions during your presentation.
When you do this, audience members can ask clarifying questions about what you’ve already said to gain a full understanding before moving on to the next concept. For example, if you’re presenting your recent marketing campaign , consider stopping after each step of your plan (like plan goals, measurement, target audience, etc) to allow the audience to ask clarifying questions before you move on to the next section.
You can also switch it up and ask audience members questions, as they likely have valuable input into the topic at hand. Consider creating quizzes and polls where they can respond to your questions and submit feedback. You can make submissions anonymous so audience members feel comfortable to share anything (within reason) that they have on their mind.
Weaving Q&A and AMA opportunities throughout your presentation is also a great way to re-capture audience attention if they have become distracted, as it requires them to think critically about your content and their own information retention.
During virtual presentations, audience members may not feel as comfortable interrupting you to ask clarifying questions, so purposely taking the time to ask participants questions or have them ask you questions is worth considering. Becca Stamp, Senior Learning & Development Operations, says “It’s important to give everyone space to come off mute and contribute throughout the session. The participants add so much value to the session, either through discussion or over the zoom chat.”
During in-person presentations, getting off the stage and quite literally leveling yourself with your audience is worth considering.
Most people expect presenters to remain on stage and separated from them, so varying your delivery style and being closer to your audience may inspire a sense of interaction that is different from simply standing in front of a podium for 20 minutes.
If you employ this strategy, you can also have Q&As and where you walk over to audience members and respond to their questions as if you’re having a one on one conversation. Referring back to the definition of interactivity, you’re leaving an effect on your audience by being more approachable than they’d expect.
A useful way to inspire continuous interaction with your audience is to leave them with something to take away from your presentation. Depending on the content you’re sharing, maybe you’ll hand out brochures to advertise your service, provide them with a link to your website, or have them sign up for an email list.
Whatever your desired action is, giving them a way to remember you and your presentation is a great way to inspire continuous interaction with them.
Spend Time Making Your Presentations Interactive
All-in-all, the goal of creating interactive presentations is to influence your audience members. Whatever your presentation content is, using strategies that center audience engagement is a valuable way to connect with them and teach them something new.
Feeling like they’ve been in conversation with you rather than being talked at can help you fulfill the ultimate goal of marketing: to leave a lasting impression.
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5 free interactive presentation software that you should be using in 2021
From sales pitches to product demos, good presentations can make a powerful impact.
The right words can inspire customers, get you noticed by the top brass, and start conversations that lead to lucrative deals.
However, it’s impossible to achieve that with another boring PowerPoint presentation. That’s why here, at Publuu , we are dedicated to creating a tool that delivers an interactive experience for your audience.
But if you are keen to try out software that can create truly interactive presentations , check out our list below. We selected 5 examples of free software that will make your presentations interactive – in real-time!
What is an interactive presentation?
How do you make a presentation interactive.
- Publuu – an interactive presentation without PowerPoint
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To put it simply, it is a type of presentation that allows you to dynamically deliver your message in a unique and interactive way.
Interactive presentations take the idea testing to a new level, making them more dynamic and engaging for your audience. By using interactive presentation software you can ask your audience questions in real-time.
Asking questions improving engagement? How?
The idea is quite simple: the human mind always needs some sort of interaction. That’s why your audience tends to “switch off” during regular PowerPoint presentations. This is what interactive presentations do for businesses. They give your clients a chance to interact with your product. Your audience gets to truly see the value of your message.
Presentations can be boring and a waste of time if you have no effective communication strategy. So the million-dollar question is how to make it interesting not just for your audience but also for yourself.
Making a presentation doesn’t necessarily mean having to stand behind a podium and speak. You achieve the most when you engage with your audience and discuss your ideas. Every presentation should entail a goal in mind, whether it is to generate interest in your company, present an idea or provide feedback.
When creating your presentation, your first step should be identifying your objective.
If your objective is to be engaging, then what you need is a presentation that your audience can interact with. And if you’re giving a presentation in person, then you can get creative with props, interactive demonstrations, and even music!
But what if your presentation is given online?
Marketers often stress the importance of visualizing their presentations, and this is good advice! With today’s technology, you can show your audience videos, ask them a question, or even make a game out of it!
And while it does sound fun, it all comes down to the software that you are using. And your skills.
But don’t worry!
We have prepared a list of 5 free online systems, that you can use to create interactive presentations, that will get your message across. Each one of them is free and easy to use – so you wouldn’t have to worry about technical know-how. All you need to do is to focus on choosing the right words.
Publuu – An interactive presentation maker (recommended)
What if your presentation is meant to sell your product?
Would you schedule a call with potential clients and show them the same PowerPoint slides over and over? Or would you rather have your sales pitch embedded in the landing page?
Whether you are doing your business in a traditional way, or online, Publuu is here to help. You can turn the presentation of your product into a flipbook that is accessible from anywhere in the world. You can easily add interactive hotspots on any of its pages to get your clients full attention on your products and share on many different ways online. What’s great about this solution, is that Publuu’s algorithm makes your content look better without any effort. Every slide of your presentation will have an animation of a turning page. Just like a real book!
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What if you are looking for a tool to replace PowerPoint?
Publuu can turn your slides into an interactive presentation with no extra effort. No more repetitive templates and boring animations. Just drag and drop your files and let Publuu do the rest.
Are you looking for an alternative to Powerpoint or Keynote for your classroom or work presentation? ISpring is not just a presentation tool. It’s a platform for everyone– from educators to students, and designers. With ISpring, anyone can create engaging presentations for learning.
The best thing is, your interactive presentation can be viewed on any device. Engage with your students when they’re on their iPhones or tablets.
ISpring is compatible with PowerPoint and most of the Learning Management Systems. It’s a perfect tool for teachers !
All that functionality will cost you a hefty $970 a year. Luckily, ISpring offers another free tool that can be just enough to get the job done.
Imagine this: you are in charge of a big meeting, where you would present ideas from multiple teams. Sadly, every team has prepared their work in a different file format and it’s up to you to put it all together.
Sounds tedious, right?
Well, it doesn’t have to be. With SlideDog you can put together all the PDFs, videos, and websites into one interactive presentation. All that in a manner of minutes! It’s a great solution that your audience will appreciate. There’s nothing worse than watching someone search for the PDF file in a middle of a presentation.
It has a number of interesting features, such as Live Sharing, that let’s share your presentation with a single URL. Your audience can then comment and browse previous slides in their own time.
SlideDog is free to download but, there are paid plans, starting from $19 a month.
Sharpcloud helps you create interactive presentations, such as infographics, product demos, and video galleries. Now anyone can create compelling, interactive professional presentations quickly and easily.
What makes SharpCloud different from the others is its ability to adapt your presentation in real-time. It does that with a number of features designed to keep your audience engaged. The more comments and questions you will get, the more interactive your presentation will become.
SharpCloud lets you share your data-driven presentations online, giving you full control over your content.
There is no information on how much the full plan costs, however, Sharpcloud offers a free personalized demo for anyone who is willing to give it a go.
Adobe products are almost as popular as MS Office, with InDesign being a direct competitor to PowerPoint.
Adobe InDesign lets you that create and edit interactive magazines, catalogs, and brochures. You can create a dynamic multimedia presentation that will be formatted to mobile devices.
A multitude of features makes this a high-level tool for advanced users. But, if you have a demanding audience and the right skills, then you should try Adobe’s free demo and see if it’s something for you.
Bonus! How to make an interactive presentation on Zoom
Ever since the pandemic, Zoom has become THE conference app that everyone has been using.
It is being used by everyone, from schools to businesses. Now, any meeting can be held online with a little help from the mic and camera. However, we are all still growing pains when it comes to giving a presentation online.
Luckily, Microsoft has released “Zoom for PowerPoint” feature, which combines them into one tool. All you have to do is to go to your PowerPoint presentation, select insert, and click on Zoom.
And if you are using the newest 365 version, you will gladly welcome the feature “Overview” that allows you to see all your slides at once. It’s great for jumping ahead a few slides, just to answer a question from your audience. This feature works best when you have at least two monitors. This way, you can share your presentation on one screen and manage it on another. Worth keeping in mind!
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18 Ways to make presentations more interactive and engaging
Last updated on: February 21, 2023
People are 22 times more likely to remember facts when they’re presented in a story framework.
Additionally, studies have confirmed that the human brain understands and remembers images much better than words.
When you present the content in the form of a story and pair your ideas with visual elements, it’s much easier to achieve the presentation goal — to communicate a message that engages the audience and persuades them to take action.
So, if you want to learn how to make an interactive and engaging presentation that will help you stand out as a presenter and make an impact, we have your back.
In this blog post, you’ll learn more about:
- How an interactive and engaging presentation makes a significant difference,
- What the greatest benefits of an interactive presentation are,
- What the most effective ways for incorporating interactive elements into a presentation are, and
- What experts say about how to make a presentation more engaging.
So, let’s rock your next presentation!
Table of Contents
What is an interactive presentation?
As the name suggests, an interactive presentation is a dynamic type of presentation the audience can interact with.
If you’ve wondered how to modify your audience experience from passive to active and engaging, incorporating interactive elements into a presentation is a key answer.
To support greater interactivity and engagement, you can rely on various ways of presenting information such as using:
- Video or audio material,
- Charts, and
Along with leveraging these elements, the storytelling framework is the most powerful tool for making a presentation interactive and keeping the audience engaged .
But, before we dive into the most compelling ways of making interactive and engaging presentations, let’s clarify why an interactive presentation makes a difference and highlight the greatest benefits that shape your audience’s experience.
4 Main benefits of interactive presentations
Most presenters focus primarily on themselves in order to stand out with their presentational skills and seem confident of what they are presenting.
However, as with all communication modes, presentation is a two-way process where the audience is involved and should be a priority.
By using interactive elements and making your audience included and connected to the presentation content, you ensure your presentation delivers a message effectively.
Here are the most important benefits that you should keep in mind when making your presentation next time:
- Interactive presentations resonate more deeply with the audience,
- Interactive presentations boost the audience’s engagement and increase their attention span,
- Interactive presentations help the audience understand and retain the content better, and
- Interactive presentations help presenters to get valid feedback.
So, let’s dig deeper into each of these benefits.
Benefit #1: Interactive presentations resonate more deeply with the audience
In her influential work Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences , Nancy Duarte emphasizes the importance of making a presentation resonate with the audience. This is the key step for making an impact and moving them to action.
According to her, a presentation is a powerful persuasive tool for transforming the audience, but only if it’s packaged in storytelling — the most powerful tool for delivering information .
Using a story framework is much more than entertaining the listeners.
“ Information is static; stories are dynamic — they help an audience visualize what you do or what you believe. Tell a story, and people will be more engaged and receptive to the ideas you are communicating. “
With a compelling story, a presenter can easily arouse the audience’s emotions and vivid imagination, which certainly helps them understand and memorize the message.
Benefit #2: Interactive presentations boost the audience’s engagement and increase their attention span
An effective presentation is a two-way process ― it communicates a message that engages listeners, so both sides should be involved.
To achieve so, successful presenters leverage interactive elements and include stories in the presentation content to:
- Get the audience to listen actively,
- Increase their attention span, and
- Keep them interested.
Furthermore, researchers are confident that storytelling is the best engagement tool.
Based on neuroscience evidence , people react differently to descriptive and non-descriptive information.
Namely, descriptive information presented in story frameworks engages with the whole brain — it triggers the sensory cortex, which is responsible for perceiving sensory experience.
On the other hand, non-descriptive information activates the part of the brain that is responsible for language processing. Thus, we simply process non-descriptive information but do not experience it.
Furthermore, keeping your audience engaged is an effective way for holding their attention.
Benefit #3: Interactive presentations help the audience understand and retain the content better
When building a presentation, we should keep in mind our primary goal — to get the point across.
Thus, we need to ensure that listeners understand and memorize the content. To accomplish that, making an interactive presentation is a key step.
As we previously mentioned, conceptualizing the topic in the form of a story is a far more effective way to present information, than relying on raw data.
According to the Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning article :
“ Storytelling helps with learning because stories are easy to remember. Organizational psychologist Peg Neuhauser found that learning that stems from a well-told story is remembered more accurately, and for far longer, than learning derived from facts and figures. ”
Therefore, storytellers are more influential presenters — along with entertaining their audience, they make a lasting impact by helping their listeners understand information better and remember it.
Moreover, studies have confirmed the positive impact of interactive digital presentations on the student’s learning process, which consequently improved their memorization.
Our contributors and experienced professionals believe better retention is the greatest benefit of the interactive presentation.
Here is what Edoardo Binda Zane , a communication and leadership expert, says about the power of interactive presentation:
“ Think of any presentation you have been given that has not involved you, and that was just a person blaring information at you. After a while, your attention fades away because you are not feeling involved or part of the presentation itself — you might as well be watching a video or listening to a podcast on the topic. Interaction turns the whole event into a dialogue where you also feel heard, and with that comes a stronger drive to pay attention and retain information. ”
Thus, an interactive presentation is an effective tool for making the audience involved, which consequently helps them to stay focused and remember important information.
Benefit #4: Interactive presentations help presenters to get valid feedback
Interactive presentations might also bring value to presenters. When you involve your audience and allow them to be heard, you learn more about their needs and points of view, so you can improve your presentation skills in the future.
Here’s what Trish Nitschke , a communication professional, said:
“ From a speaker perspective, it’s much easier to get buy-in and support from your audience when the live results validate the points you are making .”
Similarly, Dr. Raffaello Antonino , a senior lecturer in counseling psychology, is aware of the influence of interactive presentations on establishing a strong relationship between the presenter and listeners:
“ A less known benefit of interactive presentations is that they can also help to build trust between the presenter and the audience. By encouraging the audience to participate and share their thoughts and opinions, the presenter demonstrates that they value the audience’s input and are open to feedback. This can help to establish a strong relationship between the presenter and the audience, which can be useful in a variety of settings — from sales presentations to educational lectures. ”
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18 ways for making interactive and engaging presentations.
Considering all this evidence that explains the power of interactive and engaging presentations, we can modify the presentation skills that will bring us better results.
So, let’s see what the best ways for making an interactive and engaging presentation are.
Way #1: Research the audience and the topic
Research is an essential step in creating an effective presentation. To make it interactive, it’s crucial to understand your audience — how they think and what they want to know.
Try to answer these questions:
- Why is your audience here?
- What are their expectations?
- What are their motivations?
- What do they want to know?
- What will keep them engaged?
Once you’ve had these answers, making a good presentation is much easier than you thought.
Here is what Steve Gamlin , a speaker, author, and visualization coach, had to say on this topic:
“ Prior to an event, have conversations with them (or the event planners). Understand their biggest pains/challenges. Ask for examples of successes they have enjoyed, or awards they have achieved. Learn some of their ‘industry lingo’ and use it properly. Be aware of their city/town and insert local references when possible (local sports teams, big events, etc). ”
A human resource generalist at COING, Ena Popovic , is also well aware that researching a topic is essential:
“ Behind every good presentation is time invested in detailed research about the topic. ”
Thus, aside from getting familiar with the audience’s expectations and point of view, giving a great presentation means that you’re the expert in the topic.
Way #2: Use icebreakers or a round of creative personal introductions to start
An icebreaker has a role to break the ice between the presenter and the audience — it helps both sides to feel comfortable and get connected.
Ena Popovic adds:
“ The objective here is to get your audience’s undivided attention. By using an icebreaker or creative personal introductions at the very beginning, you set the tone for the rest of the presentation. ”
To break the ice effectively, you should know your audience and be aware of their similarities and differences. Also, bear in mind the audience size.
If you present to a small audience of 2-10 people, you can start with a word game or introduction with a twist, so everyone has to say something unusual about them.
However, when presenting to a large group of people, you should consider other types of icebreakers, such as brainstorming sessions or splitting them into smaller groups and playing a game.
To learn more about how to run effective virtual ice breaker sessions, check out our blog post:
- 150 Ice breaker questions for virtual meetings
Way #3: Follow the 10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint
A popular speaker and a best-seller author, Guy Kawasaki, suggested a method of the 10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint. It implies 3 main rules for making an effective presentation .
- The optimal number of presentation slides is 10 : He explained: “ This is because a normal human being cannot comprehend more than 10 concepts in a meeting .”
- Presentations shouldn’t last more than 20 minutes : If a presentation lasts longer, the audience will more likely feel daunted, which leads to less focus and motivation to follow the presentation flow.
- Good presenters use no less than 30-point font : Firstly, this way, you ensure you don’t include too much text on a slide. Secondly, fewer words force presenters to know the content deeply. Kawasaki believed the worst mistake a presenter can make is not being prepared sufficiently.
If you want to learn more about how to prepare for a presentation and stand out with your presentation skills, check out our guide:
How to prepare for a presentation: Your 9-step guide to a successful presentation
Way #4: use the non-linear flow of your interactive presentation.
The non-linear flow of presentation allows navigation through the content without following a fixed path.
By adding hyperlinks or action buttons, you can quickly jump over the slides and make a presentation more interactive.
The non-linear style of presentation goes beyond regular structure in more ways:
- It increases audience engagement,
- It encourages participation, and
- It enables following directions of the audience’s interests and questions.
Way #5: Incorporate multimedia elements
Leveraging multimedia elements is a powerful method for making interactive presentations that make your audience engaged and focused.
You can make multimedia experience using various forms such as:
- Interactive slides,
- Images, and
As we mentioned earlier, it’s easier to remember pictures than words. Thus, make sure to take advantage of visual aids to help your listeners better understand and remember important information.
Visual data can efficiently convey a message to your audience. This is especially important when you need to explain complex concepts.
Moreover, according to research , visual aids are a powerful persuasion tool. Namely, presentations with visual elements have a greater impact on audience response.
Simply put, if you want to motivate your audience to take action, make sure to add visuals.
Additionally, we can use visual metaphors to take greater advantage of visual aids and make our messages more understandable and memorable.
So, let’s consider the following steps that make this process successful:
Step #1: Make a list of a few key messages in advance
First of all, ponder over the main ideas you want your audience to pay attention to and remember. Jot them down, and make sure to focus on them when presenting.
For instance, if you present your SEO results to the team, you probably want to outline the growth of your website on the search engine results pages for the last quarter.
Step #2: Find relevant images that fit your keyword(s)
Try to figure out what image is relevant to represent your key ideas.
In our previous example about SEO results, it could be a rocketship taking off or a man climbing stairs.
Way #6: Add something funny
Ena Popovic usually takes advantage of incorporating funny images into presentations:
“They help to make your talk not so boring. Images, videos, and even GIFs can add a visual element that will help draw attention back to your slides and give people something else to focus on.”
Thus, visual cues go beyond better retention — they can easily entertain your audience and hold their attention.
Also, Ena highlights the importance of making a positive atmosphere by using humor:
“ Showing your personality and sense of humor can lighten the mood and build good rapport with the crowd. The participants are more likely to remember you if you make them laugh and in turn remember your ideas and key points. ”
Humor ensures your presentation is memorable, so make sure to use relevant funny quotes or analogies that will engage your listeners.
Way #7: Include interactive charts or graphs to show numbers or statistics
In some presentations, numbers and statistics are the key points that the audience has to pay attention to.
Instead of presenting the raw data, try to convert them into charts or graphs that people will understand and remember better.
This way, they digest information much more easily.
Way #8: Be aware of the F-shaped pattern
A key step in creating an engaging presentation is getting familiar with what engages the brain.
Fortunately, the eye-tracking study has revealed how people typically read and consume content, which is a great help for all presenters to organize their content on slides wisely.
Namely, the evidence has shown that people read web pages in an F-shaped pattern, so they favor the top and left sides.
Therefore, presenters should avoid using bullet points, since they don’t support scanning behavior. Making things worse, bullet points may lead to your audience feeling cognitively overwhelmed and distracted from what you’re saying.
According to the Harvard Business Review article :
“ Bullet points are the least effective way to get your point across. Take Steve Jobs, considered to be one of the most extraordinary presenters of his time. He rarely showed slides with just text and bullets. He used photos and text instead. ”
So, instead of bullet points, try to deliver important information according to the F-shaped pattern.
Way #9: Turn the presentation into a story
Now that we’re confident storytelling is a powerful tool for engaging the audience, the question is: How do we incorporate it into a presentation?
First of all, no matter whether your presentation covers data-heavy content or not, it can be turned into an inspiring story.
You just need to follow the next steps that ensure your story is a good fit for your presentation:
- Know your audience : We’ve already concluded that knowing your audience well is critical to connecting with them. But, aside from understanding their interests and motivations, it’s important to understand whether and how much they are familiar with the topic. Duarte says: “ It’s important to know your audience so that you can understand how your views are both similar to and different from theirs ”.
- Clarify your objective: Secondly, getting clear on your presentation goals is equally important as understanding your listeners. This way, you ensure that your presentation objective aligns with your audience’s goal. For example, if you’re making a sales presentation, your goal here is clear: you want to motivate prospects to become paying customers. On the other hand, their goal is to get relevant information and grasp whether your service/product can help them solve a problem.
- Set the basic structure: Once you’re familiar with your audience’s goal and your presentation objective, it’s time to set the basic structure that defines the beginning, middle, and end of the presentation.
- Add details: Finally, don’t forget to add details that vividly present your ideas. This is a key step for making your story compelling and enticing.
Way #10: Set the basic structure of your story
If you’re creating an educational presentation, at the beginning of your story, make your listeners aware of the importance of the topic, and motivate them to learn more about it. On the other hand, in sales presentations, you should discuss pain points that can be solved by the product/service you’re offering.
Nancy Duarte calls the beginning of the story a “call to adventure” , because you call your listeners to leave their comfort zone.
“ The first turning point to occur in a presentation is the call to adventure, which triggers a significant shift in the content. The call to adventure asks the audience to jump into a situation that, unbeknownst to them, requires their attention and action. This moment sets the presentation in motion. ”
She also added:
“You can use historical information about what has been or the current state of what is, which often includes the problem you’re currently facing. You should deliver a concise formulation of what everyone agrees is true .”
When creating a compelling beginning of the story , the goal is to make your audience see the contrast between what is and what could be.
According to Nancy, in the middle of the story , the focus is on contrast. This is because a presenter has a role to make and resolve a problem through contrast. That way, the audience pays attention and stays interested.
Even though presenters typically end with a call to action , a more inspirational way to do so is to include “the picture of the potential reward”.
Way #11: Give it a personal touch
Ena Popovic pointed out that storytelling should include personal touch:
“ Personal stories have the power to connect us with others. If you are able to find a link between the information presented and your day-to-day life or experiences, take advantage of the pull that this resource can generate .”
Thus, adding a personal touch helps presenters to appear more relatable — this way, you can show your vulnerability, which helps your listeners get emotionally involved.
Way #12: Make the presentation more conversational
To encourage the presentation to be more of a dialogue, ask whether your listeners have a question before you move to the next slide.
In addition, Ena suggests encouraging your audience to participate and surprising your audience in the following way:
“Hide small pieces of interesting information within the presentation itself. It could be a video, audio, or new information. Hide it and let the audience track them.”
That way, you encourage the participants to think actively and find the answers by themselves. This practice is a good option for turning passive audiences into active participants.
Way #13: Encourage the audience to participate
You can use different strategies to make your audience participate, but Ena suggests dividing into small groups:
“ Try dividing your participants into small groups to conduct a short task, then feed back their findings into your key presentation points. This makes them feel important, builds trust, and radically increases engagement levels. ”
This way, you also encourage your audience to collaborate and exchange their ideas and thoughts.
Way #14: Add a Q&As and discussion session
According to Edoardo Binda Zane, asking questions is a powerful technique to engage the audience:
“ By far, the most effective tactic is to ask questions to the audience or involve them. Even something as simple as ‘Raise your hand if…’ can make a world of a difference. In remote communication, you can also do something similar.”
If you need to present remotely, you can take advantage of your business communication software’s video conferencing option and share your screen to communicate complex ideas clearly, so everyone is on the same page.
Way #15: Listen to feedback
Aside from engaging the participants and making them feel heard, asking questions is a great method to get feedback. This can dramatically improve the quality of your speech and presentations in the future.
Therefore, listen to the audience’s questions and comments well, and use this data when creating your next presentation.
For example, if you notice that the participants don’t understand some concepts from your presentation well, in the future, incorporate examples that will fill the gap.
Way #16: Make an eye contact
The great importance of eye contact is usually overlooked. However, this is a powerful tool for making connections with your listeners and conveying your confidence.
Plus, it helps you deliver your message effectively and facilitate your audience’s engagement.
Way #17: End on a more serious tone
Presenters have to end a presentation effectively.
Ena advises considering the two following practices:
- End on a more serious tone, and
- Add a reflection at the very end.
“When all is said and done, you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question.”
Way #18: Add a reflection at the very end
A good way to end your presentation is asking reflective questions, which help your audience to think about what they just learned and how they can take advantage of that knowledge.
Here’s what Ena says about this practice:
“ Reflective questions make sure the presentation receives a good ending. A reflective question gives you an idea of the audience’s take-away from the presentation while encouraging them to share their feedback and inputs.”
You can ask your listeners the following questions:
- “What did you learn from the presentation that you didn’t know before?” , or
- “ How will you use that knowledge in the future?”
Wrapping up: Only interactive and engaging presentations make an impact
Each presentation is a two-way process, so both the presenter and audience have major roles.
To make your audience engaged, you need to know them and be aware of the presentation objective.
Use compelling multimedia elements relevant to your content and turn the presentation into a story to make sure your listeners will understand crucial information well and memorize them.
Most importantly, listen to their questions and comments, so you can improve the quality of presentations in the future.
✉️ What about you? Do you have experience with making an interactive presentation? Or, from the audience’s perspective, what is the most effective way to make a presentation more interactive? Do you have any additional tips on how to make a presentation more engaging?
Let us know at [email protected] and we might include your input in this or future posts. If you found this article helpful, share it with someone who would also benefit from it.
Visnja is a communication author and researcher at Pumble, applying her knowledge about psychology to writing blog posts on business communication and remote work. She is passionate about understanding the ways communication influences organizational behavior, employee satisfaction, and productivity. When she's not writing, she's probably researching various industrial-organizational psychology topics.
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How to Make an Interactive Presentation
Creating an interactive presentation is easier than you might think..
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If prepared well, your presentation can bring in clients , but if it’s disorganized or flat out boring, it will make you lose sales instead.
To be successful in sales, your pitch must strike an immediate connection with potential clients, you must attract and maintain interest throughout the presentation.
1- engage your client interactively right away.
Imagine you are attending a sales presentation. The presenter comes in, begins the presentation, and starts reading plain text from an overcrowded slide. You are barely a few seconds into the presentation but you are already starting to be bored and disengaged.
Letting clients choose the direction is a good way to make your presentation interactive.
It’s important to create a connection with your potential clients right from the start. This can be as easy as introducing yourself and asking the clients to introduce themselves. You can also ask them what elements of your presentation they want to cover first, showing them that the presentation is a dialogue rather than a monologue. Your presentation doesn’t have to be linear either. Letting clients choose the direction is a good way to make your presentation interactive. The clients will enjoy the option and the first impression will be positive. Now that you have started on the right foot, the next tips help you maintain this level of interactivity throughout the presentation.
2- Use slide and content navigation features to make a more interactive presentation
Static presentations with plain text on a plain background might have worked in 2000, but they no longer do. If your presentation uses that style, your potential clients will likely have an immediate negative bias. Nowadays, online tools offer many design features that let you create a beautiful and interactive presentation with a consistent theme. Those options exist because the human eye is inevitably attracted to interactive elements. Online tools offer features to make a presentation interactive and easier to follow by adding visual supports and efficient slide and content navigation features.
A picture is worth a thousand words
Add images, diagrams, or graphs to your pitch to illustrate concepts efficiently
A video is like inviting a guest speaker
Use videos, clips, or animations from your library or the web to add a compelling visual support
A successful pitch is as much about content as it is about delivery.
Additionally, when you move to a new slide, you don’t have to show all its content right away. Doing so can be confusing and your clients might be distracted by all the new content instead of listening to you. Play with the options you have to control the way your content appears on each slide. This lets you show new content only when it’s time, ensuring the clients concentrate on your explanation rather than on the slide itself. If you can’t keep the attention of your potential clients, your content will not come across, no matter how relevant it is.
3- It’s story time: include a story in your presentation
Do you remember when we were kids and our parents read us stories? Most of us were captivated from the start and hung on every word. While we are no longer attracted to the same tales, stories in general still attract our attention more than we think . Stories in pitches are an excellent way to present information or data in a concrete and tangible way using situations, scenarios, or companies we know. They allow us to create a connection and increase our ability to relate to them and remember them.
You can also integrate a tracking feature to your presentation to keep a record of all interactions made during the meeting.
4- an interactive presentation allows you to answer any questions.
Plan time during your pitch to take questions. This has many benefits as it:
Engages your clients and keeps them involved
Keeps them involved in an interactive exchange
Reviews part of the material covered
Maintains your clients’ attention
It can be very useful to adjust your pitch for subsequent meetings based in the comments. You can also bait clients into participating by asking for their opinion, starting an open-ended discussion based on the material covered, or asking them a question you thought might have come up.
5- Show your value through customer cases
There’s nothing better and more interactive than covering real cases to make clients participate and understand better. It’s also an excellent way of showing how your product works in reality, not just with theoretical examples. These cases will be particularly interesting to keep your prospective clients focused and engaged as they try to figure how they can benefit from the product themselves.
An example could be; client A has used product A in 70 meetings and have doubled their revenue in the process. They have doubled their meetings per week and their entire process is now more effective as a result of using product A.
Real cases are more compelling and impactful than theoretical cases.
This way your clients can see the value your product or service can potentially bring them. Using real customer cases is also a good way to give clients confidence. It shows that your product has clients, has performed positively and can do it again in other circumstances. It can make clients think that their situation can become a success story that you will one day present in other pitches. Real cases are more compelling and impactful than theoretical cases.
6- Use impact calculators to convey your value
In sales pitches, you will surely talk about numbers. The challenge is talking about numbers in a way that is not boring. Are you thinking spreadsheets? That’s not very interesting: many tables with small numbers or navigating through cells and sheets are not appealing. Instead of relying on spreadsheets, consider using an interactive calculator.
This tool is a fast, easy, and compelling way to present numbers and show how your customer’s perceived value can evolve based on different factors. Your clients will follow your pitch more easily and remain attentive when the focus is on them, not generic numbers or cases. In addition to saving you time and making your part on numbers more interesting, this tool increases the interactivity of your presentation and lets clients explore other scenarios easily by simply asking you to type different numbers. It’s better to adapt your pitch to your clients than to expect your clients to adapt to your pitch.
7- Add personal elements to connect with clients
You should consider adding personal elements related to your sales pitch if you can and if they are relevant. They can help your prospective clients connect with you as you are no longer an orator or presenter, but rather become the trusted advisor, speaking from experience. Expanding on tip #3, you could also consider telling personal stories. If your clients can relate to a story, imagine the connection you can create if you are the protagonist of your story. You are sure to attract and maintain everyone’s attention as you share your knowledge acquired through first-hand experiences.
Success stories and accounts of failures will take a whole other meaning with your prospective clients when they are based on your experience.
8- keep your interactive presentation simple.
In sales presentations, keep your slides simple. Only include key images, concepts, and keywords, and present them in a simple and effective way. You should also limit to one slide per idea. Use layers too. Remember that your presentation is not a teleprompter or a book. It is merely one of many visual aids you can leverage to help you drive your point. The last thing you want to do is bore your potential clients.
If you do not support your message with visuals, 3 days later you will only remember 10 percent.
To your prospective clients, your presentation should be an element that helps identify your main ideas. If you have too much text on your slides, they will likely try to read it all and run the risk of missing your key explanations. Clear and simple slides are better and more efficient.
9- Include visual images in your presentation
When creating an interactive presentation, it is very important to include visual images that are connected to the value you are trying to convey. If you do not support your message with visuals, 3 days later you will only remember 10 percent. However, if you DO support your message with visuals, three days later you will remember 65 percent – Brain Rules.
10- Prepare your presentation
Our last tip is an obvious one that is often overlooked or ignored altogether. The core of your presentation is your preparation. Doing thorough research on your client as well as asking the right questions in a needs discovery will get you along way.
Do you know how to convey your value and do you know where the value is for your client?
Are you understanding your client’s needs and pain points?
A proper Sales Enablement tool will even help prepare much of your presentation for you, so you can focus on your client.
Remember that preparing a successful pitch takes time and organization. Follow our tips on how to make your presentation interactive. They will help you keep your prospective clients’ attention and make them more receptive to your message. This will increase your capacity to convert pitches into sales.
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Interactive presentation: What it is & how to use it
An interactive presentation includes components that the spectators can examine and entitles them to feel belonging through participation. Prevent your dialogues from being predictable; with an interactive presentation, there is always something overlooked waiting to be noticed.
Workplaces, schools, and organizations have turned to remote working and learning models in response to the ongoing global crisis. We’ve been challenged to communicate through screens without proper preparation, leaving plenty of room for miscommunication.
Clear and effective communication strategies are vital for the proper development of society from learning centers to the workplace, and presentations are often the perfect tool to acquire the wanted effect on our audience.
The success of a presentation depends on the ability to organize and present it well; having a clear idea of your presentation options and how to get the most out of each of them will be the decisive factor.
What is an interactive presentation?
An interactive presentation is a more dynamic way of presenting than the traditional way, by connecting with an audience through sounds and visual tools that amplify the chances for the topic to impact the participants and gain audience engagement significantly.
These presentations allow communication between an audience and their expositor in a dynamic way, enabling interaction through real-time mutual communication. Dynamics of this type are helpful to connect with clients, students, co-workers, or even remote family members.
The importance of audience engagement
The obvious goal whenever preparing a presentation is to successfully engage our audience by delivering the topic in a clear and significant way, as it’s known that the attention span of a standard audience lasts approximately 7 minutes. If the subject is particularly intriguing, it might take up to 10 minutes.
The lack of interaction with the public is the main reason why audience engagement is not acquired in a traditional presentation setting. If the participants don’t identify themselves as relevant to the topic or the experience, the chances are they won’t pay enough attention.
Interactive presentation Tips for audience engagement
We witness an interactive presentation when the presenter can interact with the audience in a back and forth conversation. Whenever you’re the one in front of a stated audience, you can for sure use some of these ideas and tips we’ve gathered for you.
- Create interactive custom content. Build a trivia game with topics of interest to your audience and start with a competitive game to activate the mind.
- Use visuals in your favor. Audiovisual resources aim to facilitate the communication of the message and the retention of the information presented. We must select them appropriately depending on the audience and the theme.
- Ask direct questions to the audience. When the audience members feel they’re part of the presentation and know there is an opportunity to participate directly, they tend to pay more attention and retain data.
- Set moments for discussion sessions. Moderate the conversation in crucial moments of the presentation to avoid blank spaces between bullet points.
- Use interactive games wisely. There are several ways to implement interactive games within a presentation to keep the audience engaged, such as trivia games and fun quizzes.
- Share study cases. A personal story that exemplifies the topic can be engaging when used correctly.
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How fake sugars sneak into foods and disrupt metabolic health
Artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes sweeten foods without extra calories. but studies show the ingredients can affect gut and heart health..
Many people are cutting back on their sugar intake for health reasons. But the food industry has found another way to give consumers their sweet fix.
It is quietly replacing the sugar in many packaged foods with sucralose , stevia , allulose, erythritol and a wide variety of other artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes .
Low and zero-calorie sweeteners have been used in diet soft drinks for decades. But now food companies are adding them to a growing number of packaged foods, including many that might surprise you!
These include bread , yogurt , oatmeal , muffins , canned soups , salad dressings, condiments and snack bars .
The number of food products containing low or no-calorie sugar substitutes has surged in the past five years, according to an analysis by Mintel, the market research firm.
The food industry says sugar substitutes help people manage their weight and reduce intake of added sugars. But studies suggest that fake sugars can also have unexpected effects on your gut and metabolic health and even promote food cravings and insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
Making foods even sweeter
Table sugar, or sucrose, is still the dominant sweetener in the food supply. But the number of new food products containing it has fallen by 16 percent in the last five years. Use of high fructose corn syrup and agave syrup also have declined.
“These low-calorie sweeteners are ubiquitous in the food supply, and so people often aren’t even aware that they’re consuming them,” said Allison Sylvetsky, an associate professor in the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at George Washington University.
Many sugar substitutes are known as high-intensity sweeteners because they’re often hundreds of times sweeter than table sugar. Some are synthetic, like sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin, while others, like allulose, stevia and monk fruit extract, are referred to as “natural” because they’re derived from plants.
compared to table sugar
Monk fruit extract
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Popular sweeteners compared to table sugar
Sugar substitutes can be found in ingredient lists on food packages, often with names that many consumers don’t recognize, like adventame, neotame, and acesulfame potassium. Foods that claim “no artificial sweeteners” often are sweetened with stevia and other so-called “natural” sugar substitutes.
A variety of these sweeteners are turning up cereals, juices and other packaged foods marketed to kids — even though public health groups have discouraged their use among children .
“When I started thirty-something years ago I never saw low-calorie sweeteners in pediatric products,” said Julie Mennella, a developmental biopsychologist who studies children’s taste preferences at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. “Now, they’re everywhere.”
Sucralose and acesulfame-k, are regularly used in Greek yogurts, tortilla wraps and other foods served in school meals. Schools in some states have experimented with serving chocolate milk sweetened with a blend of sugar and monk fruit extract.
A new incentive to add fake sugar
Under a proposal from the Food and Drug Administration , companies will no longer be able to label a food “healthy” unless it adheres to strict new limits on added sugars. One way companies can adhere to the proposed rules is to replace the added sugars in their processed foods with artificial sweeteners.
“When companies reformulate their foods to contain less sugar it leads them to use more non-nutritive sweeteners,” said Jotham Suez, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who studies artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes.
Studies show that when other countries, including Chile and Australia, instituted policies to reduce sugar consumption, the result was an increase in artificially-sweetened foods and beverages.
How fake sugars affect your health
Scientists used to think that non-nutritive sweeteners were largely inert, activating the sweet receptors on our tongues and then passing through our bodies without causing metabolic changes. But the health effects of consuming large amounts of these ingredients aren’t clear.
The World Health Organization cautioned people to limit their intake of sugar substitutes because of their potential for “undesirable" long-term effects, including detrimental effects on gut and metabolic health.
Robert Rankin, the executive director of the Calorie Control Council, an industry group, pushed back against claims that sugar substitutes come with health risks. “Evidence shows that low- and no- calorie sweeteners are a safe and effective alternative to added sugars and can be used as part of a balanced diet to help consumers achieve dietary goals, whether it be managing weight or diabetes, reducing the consumption of added sugars, or reducing total caloric intake,” he said.
But one rigorous study led by Suez and carried out at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel last year looked at what happened when people were given aspartame, saccharin, stevia, or sucralose in amounts well below the F.D.A.’s daily allowances. The study found that these sweeteners caused changes in both the function and composition of the participants’ gut microbiomes, the communities of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in the intestines.
The microbes in your gut play many important roles: One is that they transform the food you eat into enzymes, hormones and vitamins.
When you eat nutritious fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables and nuts, your gut microbes produce compounds that can reduce inflammation and have other beneficial effects on your overall health.
But Suez and his colleagues found that artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes can alter your microbiome in ways that are detrimental to your metabolic health.
Two sweeteners in particular, saccharin and stevia, worsened the participants’ blood sugar control. Some participants had more dramatic responses to the sweeteners than others, suggesting that these compounds may have different effects in different people.
Other laboratory studies have shown that drinking beverages made with sucralose can promote insulin resistance , a precursor to diabetes.
Here’s what that means. Normally, food that is eaten is turned into glucose .
The pancreas then releases insulin into your blood.
Insulin tells your cells to store or use the glucose for energy .
But some studies have found that regularly consuming sugar substitutes can disrupt that process, causing your cells to stop responding properly to insulin and leading to chronically elevated blood sugar levels.
Scientists have also uncovered surprising effects of artificial sweeteners on our brains and appetites.
Sweet taste receptors on your tongue tell your brain that you’re eating something sweet. This sends a signal to your brain and your body that an influx of calories is coming.
But because these sweeteners are more potent than normal sugar with few or none of the calories, they can confuse your brain and your taste receptors.
One potential consequence of this, studies have found , is that you might develop stronger sugar cravings and end up eating more sugar and sweetened foods.
In addition to confusing the brain and taste receptors, some sweeteners, like allulose, can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort when consumed in large amounts.
Powerful effects on the brain
In a clinical trial published in JAMA Network Open , researchers found that drinking beverages that contained sucralose increased food cravings in women and people with obesity and led women to eat larger amounts of food at their next meals.
At the same time, research in animals suggests that sweet flavors, whether from sugar or from artificial sweeteners, can have powerful effects on the brain’s reward center. When given a choice between cocaine or water sweetened with saccharin, rats will almost always choose the artificially sweetened beverage.
Studies suggest that our taste receptors and willpower can be easily overwhelmed by intensely sweet flavors — even if those flavors come from fake sugar.
Effects on weight and cardiovascular health
Scientists say it’s hard to fully understand the health effects of all these sugar substitutes. One reason is that there are so many of them. At least six artificial sweeteners have been approved by the FDA: Saccharin, sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, neotame and advantame. Companies are also allowed to use other non-nutritive sweeteners that the agency deems “generally recognized as safe,” which means they don’t have to undergo rigorous FDA safety reviews.
Observational studies suggest that people who consume a lot of low-calorie sweeteners have higher rates of obesity and weight gain. But that may be a case of reverse causality , since people who are at risk of obesity are more likely to choose diet foods and beverages. The most rigorous clinical trials show that when people replace sugary drinks with artificially sweetened beverages like Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi it helps them avoid gaining excess weight.
For many years, artificial sweeteners were plagued by concerns that they could cause cancer, largely stemming from early research in rodents. But the American Cancer Society says that there is “no clear evidence that these sweeteners, at the levels typically consumed in human diets, cause cancer.”
They can however have other concerning effects. A large study published in the BMJ found that a high intake of artificial sweeteners increased the risk of cardiovascular problems like strokes and coronary heart disease.
Another study published in Nature Medicine linked the sugar substitute erythritol to higher rates of heart attacks and strokes. The researchers found that when people consumed erythritol in amounts commonly found in processed foods it stayed in their systems for days and had the potential to promote blood clots.
The Calorie Control Council challenged the study results , saying they are “contrary to decades of scientific research.”
Detecting the hidden sugar substitutes
The American Academy of Pediatrics says the FDA should require food companies to list the amounts of any non-nutritive sweeteners on the nutrition facts panel, alongside things like fat, carbohydrates and added sugar. Some consumer groups called for new labeling rules to make it easier to know when sugar substitutes are used in packaged foods.
One particularly vocal critic is the sugar industry. The Sugar Association, an industry trade and lobbying group, in 2020 submitted a lengthy petition to the FDA pointing out that packaged foods that carry label claims like “reduced sugar” and “no added sugars” are often sweetened with sugar substitutes.
The group argued that consumers are being “misled” because these products are frequently marketed as healthier, even though they’re often “higher in calories or contain alternative sweeteners that consumers are not familiar with.”
Some examples of foods the sugar industry called out include:
- Blueberry protein bars . Some “low sugar” protein bars claim on the label that they contain just one gram of sugar. But you’d have to flip to the ingredient list on the back to see that your bars might be sweetened with multiple sugar substitutes, like erythritol, allulose, and sucralose.
- Greek yogurt . Your vanilla Greek yogurt may claim it contains no added sugar or artificial flavors. But if you check the ingredients, you might discover it’s sweetened with stevia leaf extract. Some brands of low-sugar yogurts actually have more calories than the regular version.
- Flavored oatmeal . "Lower sugar” instant oatmeal varieties claim to have as much as 35 percent less sugar than the regular version. But that’s because food makers have decreased the serving size and added monk fruit extract.
- Peach fruit cups . The label may say that your diced peaches are packed in “naturally sweetened water” with no added sugars and no artificial sweeteners or flavors. But the ingredient list for some brands indicates that they’re sweetened with stevia leaf extract.
Rankin, from the sugar-substitute industry group, said that current food labels give people sufficient information to identify products that contain both caloric sweeteners as well as sugar substitutes.
So what should you do?
Experts say it’s clear that consuming a lot of sugar is bad for your health. But Suez and others say you should be cautious about replacing sugary foods with sugar substitutes. It’s best to consume any kind of low-calorie sweetener in moderation. Pay attention to ingredient lists. Another simple measure is to reduce your intake of highly processed foods, which tend to contain a lot of sweeteners and other additives.
“If you can reduce these sweeteners without replacing them with sugar, which we know beyond any doubt is damaging to health, then from a cautious perspective that’s probably best,” Suez added.
Do you have a question about healthy eating? Email [email protected] .
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Paradox Announcement Show 2023: Everything Announced
Here's everything from today's show, including our first tease of cities: skylines 2..
Cities: Skylines and Crusader Kings publisher Paradox Interactive held a showcase today, showing off updates on previously-announced games and some entirely brand new titles. From the newly-revealed Cities: Skylines II to a new expansion revealed for Crusader Kings III, read on to learn everything announced at today's event.
Colossal Order Reveals Cities: Skylines II
Cities: Skylines II is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC later this year . The reveal promised the most realistic city simulation ever created, with transportation and economy systems, construction and customization options, and more modding capabilities. This sequel to the 2015 original will let players build any type of city they want, from a tiny village to a huge metropolis.
Crusader Kings III: Tours & Tournaments Expansion Revealed
Crusader Kings III is getting a new PC expansion titled Tours & Tournaments. This expansion to Paradox's strategy RPG will let players tour their monarch's realm to check in on vassals, host or fight in grand tournaments, and plan royal weddings.
The Lamplighters League Is a New Tactical Turn-Based Strategy Game
Paradox revealed a new turn-based strategy game from Harebrained Schemes, the studio behind the Shadowrun Trilogy. The game is called The Lamplighters League, and it's a stylish pulp adventure set in an alternate 1933. In addition to strategy combat, players will also make choices that will directly determine the world's fate.
Europa Universalis IV: Domination Expansion Revealed
Paradox revealed a new expansion for its strategy game Europa Universalis IV titled Domination. This expansion has new mission trees for the Ottoman Empire, Ming China, France, Russia, and more, which change the types of alternate histories available. There are also new military units for several nations, political Estates to manage, and dozens of added historical events.
Surviving the Aftermath: Rebirth Expansion Reveal
Paradox revealed a new expansion for Iceflake Studios' Surviving the Aftermath. Titled Rebirth, this expansion introduces terraforming for players to modify and revitalize the environment.
Paradox Arc Shows Off Two Titles and an Expansion
We got a look at Knights of Pen & Paper 3, the next entry in Paradox's pop-culture infused turn-based RPG series. We also saw Mechabellum, a sci-fi auto-battler where players compete with armies of mechs, robots, and heavy weapons. Finally, Across the Obelisk: The Wolf Wars is the first expansion for last year's deckbuilding RPG, which introduces a new zone and character.
Stellaris: Overlord and Stellaris: First Contact Release Date Revealed
Paradox revealed the release dates for its pair of Stellaris expansions. Stellaris: Overlord adds empire management features, and it's coming to consoles on March 8. Stellaris: First Contact adds new civilizations and cloaking technology, and is coming to PC on March 14.
Paradox Tectonic Project, Life By You, Teased
Paradox Tectonic was founded in 2019, and the studio is finally teasing its debut project. It's called Life By You, and the full reveal will happen on Monday, March 20. The project is led by Rod Humble, who is best known for his work on The Sims and Second Life.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.
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Paradox Interactive and Paradox Tectonic announce life simulation game Life by You
Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Paradox Tectonic have announced life simulation game Life by You . Platforms and a release date were not announced.
A formal announcement event will be held on March 20 at 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET . You will be able to watch it on YouTube .
The game is headed by Rod Humble, an industry veteran known for his roles in creating The Sims and Second Life .
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery .
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