10 Fun Presentation Ideas to Spice Up Your Meetings

Submitted by: Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

No matter if you’re presenting in-person, through web conferencing or a virtual meeting, these 10 fun presentation ideas will ensure you motivate and inspire your audience—leaving them wanting more. Check out these tips to take your presentation to the next level:

1. Use 20 words or less on every slide.
No eye charts allowed. Use high-level, compelling “hooks”—like statistics, quotes or keywords—to keep your presentation on track and your audience engaged.

2. Stand up and keep your presentations to 10 minutes – when possible, anyway.
The stand-up meeting is a tried and true presentation idea for keeping meetings on task and everyone on their toes—literally. Read this great article on how to test a stand-up meeting in your office.

3. If you have remote attendees, turn on your webcam.
Up to 93% of our interactions are via nonverbal communication, like facial expressions, gestures and body language. If you have remote attendees and don’t include non-verbal cues, you’re losing 93% of your presentation power. Turn on your webcam in an online meeting to maximize effectiveness and attendee attention. After all, everyone wants to see your pretty face.

4. Engage all five senses.
We communicate with our friends, family and office colleagues and make lasting impressions using all five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. To make a lasting memory and impression on the people in your presentation, consider bringing brain teasers, stress balls, candy, coffee and/or tea to your meetings to engage every one of their senses—and ultimately make your presentation more engaging.

5. Take 5 minute breaks – often.
If you’re planning on a long meeting—an hour or more—take occasional five minute breaks and be sure to start on time. This will cut down on your meeting attendees worrying about missed calls, emails and other thoughts that may keep your message from really sinking in.

6. Ditch the PowerPoint slides.
PowerPoint presentations are an effective tool for sharing data, key points and storytelling. But before every meeting, ask yourself: Do I really need slides? Steve Jobs once said, “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.” If slides don’t add value to your overall message, don’t be afraid to ditch them.

7. Use a slide animation tool to spice up your presentation.
New technology takes your boring old slides and adds unexpected flair to an otherwise dull presentation. Make your presentations “zoom” with cloud-based online presentation tools like Prezi and Haiku Deck, great online solutions that turns static infographics, slides and whitepapers into dynamic, awe-inspiring storytelling tools.

8. Offer multiple ways to join the presentation.
In our increasingly global world, remote work and telecommuting have become the new norm. If you have remote attendees, offer them a way to hear and see your presentation digitally. New web conference solutions, like GlobalMeet®, enable multiple webcam video feeds, embedded PowerPoint video viewing and more. And for truly interactive presentations, try iMeet® web conferencing, which enables YouTube viewing, streaming video, social media connections and dynamic collaborative note taking with Evernote®.

9. Your face is worth a thousand words. So is your tone of voice.
Public speaking does not come easy for everyone. For those who struggle, make sure you set aside ample time to practice before your presentation. Stand in front of a mirror at home and turn on your video camera. Give your presentation once in front of these tools and play back to tweak your voice modulation, facial expression, vocal delivery speed and more.

10. Use colorful, exciting images to tell the story.
Did you know pictures are the top-viewed assets on websites and social media outlets? The power of images can make your audience laugh, weep, grimace and groan. This great PGi video shows you exactly how impactful images can be in your presentation.

Looking for more fun presentation ideas? Want to learn more tips for great presentations in any environment? Be sure to check out our new eBook, The Little Black Book of Presentation Ideas, and get even more fun presentation ideas for your next meeting.

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