Playful Presentation Part II
Need an interactive presentation for a kid's school project? A corporate holiday party? A "trip down memory-lane" slideshow for your parents' wedding anniversary? Work hard but play harder and make your audience engaged and entertained when you create and deliver your next speech with our Playful Presentation Part II. For more slide options, check out our Playful Presentation (Part 1) and Elegance Deck.
Use slides like this one, if you are looking to showcase your skills for a side gig. Put together a playful presentation with your best works, testimonials from satisfied customers, screenshots of online reviews and glowing recommendations.
How about creating a family activities calendar? Make a useful productivity tool, that is fun to look at and easy to follow to confirm soccer practice and dance lessons times and your next, much-anticipated family vacation dates.
Ideas can be pretty elusive, that is why it's important to write them down and revisit regularly. With slides such as this one, you can create a personal "brilliant idea journal" presentation to keep track of and share your most creative thoughts.
Visme, the resource for visual communication improvement, offers a list of tactics to make any presentation playful and interactive:
- Start with an icebreaker – this can be done by helping your audience to get to know you and each other better. The approach you take will depend on the size of your audience. For example, if you're presenting in a small group setting, you can easily go around the room and have everyone share something about themselves.
- Use video – embed a video into one of your slides to shift your audience's focus. (Check out our Video Backgrounds (Version 0), (Version 1) and (Version 2)). Sharing videos is a great way to support your argument by adding other opinions or even to just offer a break for your audience during lengthier presentations.
- Have a Q&A session – prepare a few slides with questions for your audience. Don't make it intimidating, though, a simple "What do you think about this?" is good enough.
- Tell a story – even if your topic is data-heavy, there are ways to add color to it with your speech. The Visme team says: "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."
- Let your audience decide the direction – have a slide set up with your main points on the screen and ask your audience which one they want to hear first, second, etc. This way, your audience will be actively interacting with your presentation.
- Employ data visualization – data visualization helps you showcase your information in an engaging and easy-to-understand way. Visualizing your points adds credibility to your argument and makes the content of your presentation more digestible for your audience (Consider using our Charts Collection).
Get inspired by some of the most perfectly-curated and beautifully-designed presentations from Ted Talk speakers, analyzed by Inc.:
David McCandless: the beauty of data visualization
Data-journalist, David McCandless, delivers a convincing and beautifully-designed presentation that is bursting with aesthetically-pleasing data visualizations. To achieve the same, keep your fonts, colors and elements cohesive and consistent from slide to slide so that each visualization is easy on the eyes and more comprehensible. The main takeaway here is that data visualization is all about simplifying concepts for your audience, and not complicating them.
Tom Wujec: got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
It happens that the visuals you need to use in your presentation don't exactly match its style. In Got a Wicked Problem? author and editor, Tom Wujec, uses drawings and diagrams that don't look very cohesive on their own. He solves this problem by utilizing borders, frames and a consistent palette and typographical approach.
John Maeda: How art, technology, and design inform creative leaders
To create an immersive playful design, make a presentation that interacts with your speech. Designer and technologist, John Maeda, incorporates moving visuals in time with his speech, which creates an immersive storytelling experience for the audience. Maeda combines sleek graphics, illustrations and videos and delivers an educational, convincing slide show that feels rather like a narrative than a set of ideas being explained.