It takes a lot of vision to be an entrepreneur. Today’s entrepreneurs must also be tech-savvy to get the right marketing and promote their company. However, there is help for those who aren’t, and many tools you can use to make great presentations are free or low cost.
Developing a Presentation
Presentations are a must for anyone in business. You use them to attract clients, sell to clients, lure investors, and train employees. They can be presented virtually as well as in a conference room, opening up possibilities for a new entrepreneur.
A PowerPoint presentation is standard for most sales or organizational meetings. Presentations allow you to incorporate visual, audio, and other ways of organizing information to get the right message across. Creating this type of presentation, whether you give it virtually or in person, doesn’t need to be challenging. Here are five killer tech tools to help busy entrepreneurs.
Slides work well in presentations because they can contain all sorts of data, graphics, charts and even the occasional meme to add humor. The problem with slides is finding the right designs and images when you don’t know how to create them yourself. Royalties for high-quality graphics can cost a good bit of money and it could take hours to search for the perfect image. That’s where these products come to the rescue.
Haiku Deck was a relatively unknown tool until a couple of years ago. It includes millions of free images you can use royalty-free and you can also embed videos from YouTube and add narration. Their handy iOS App and the online tool also let you record your presentation as a video. Plus, it comes with a free trial.
This is an increasingly ubiquitous way to create presentations. Google Slides is a web-based tool that helps you quickly create your presentation, collaborate with others, and share it online. It has some great options for those collaborating and is easy to share with either email or online.
This free tool also can be used to upload and edit your presentation files. You can then download, convert, and share the presentation online or as an offline file.
A PowerPoint add-in is a tool that helps you make a better slide presentation with ready-made objects and shortcuts. It cuts time when you have recurring tasks and also has professional designs available at your fingertips. It has awesome transition tools to bring harmony among the objects on your slides.
Some of these tools include access to large collections of graphics and themes that are ready to use and modify as you see fit.
Videos offer a wow factor and increase interest in presentations. They make you seem like you have invested time and money into your business, which inspires confidence. New entrepreneurs usually don’t have the resources to make great videos and that’s where this tool comes in to save the day.
This is a great way to include how-to videos or product descriptions in your presentation. The Jing tool allows you to do a screencast for recording product reviews or demonstrations, how-to videos, and screenshots for blogs or product descriptions. This free tool also has screenshot software to assist with this.
It’s one thing to have a great presentation. It’s another to get people to watch it. How you share your presentation is crucial whether you’re presenting virtually or in-person.
Prezi comes into the list ranked by PC World in 2018 as the top innovation of the top presentation software companies. It has a unique sharing tool that helps bring your presentation out of the shadows. That includes zoom in and out features and lots of tech toys. The top plan costs around $59 monthly, but the lower-priced option runs just at $7 a month.
You may face a learning curve on many business issues as an entrepreneur, but you don’t need presentations to be one of them. There are plenty of good, solid tools out there that will make you present your ideas, services and sales pitches like a seasoned business professional. They will also help you land clients, investors, and lead employees in the right direction.