A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a presentation tool available exclusively as an iPad app. If you own an iPad and have ever desired to try something other than Keynote, give it a try. It's called Haiku Deck. In short, I love it, not only for its ability to help me create compelling presentations, but also for its uncanny simplicity.
Kill Boring Presentations Once and For All
Before you think this too narrow a framework, I would ask you this: Is it really necessary to put everything you plan to say in your slides? And if it is, then what do we need you for exactly? Print the slides, hand them out and shut up.
However, if you're understanding of a great presentation is one that tells a great story while chock full of compelling content, and you recognize your slides serve to help sear that content into your audience's brain and not to take center stage, then Haiku Deck may be a revelation to you. And by the way, it's completely free. There are a few additional themes available through an in-app purchase, though, if the half-dozen or so offered by default aren't enough.
Amazingly Useful Image Search Built Right In
Another cool aspect of this search feature is the related words (and images) that come out of these searches. Often times, I find this process supercharges my creativity, sending me off in directions I never would've thought to go on my own. Sure, this can send you down the occasional rabbit trail, but I find that, more often than not, the end result is a better, more engaging and more compelling presentation.
Need a Mother's Day Gift? Tell Her What She Means to You in a Haiku Deck!
While I'm sad to say my presentation wasn't chosen as the grand prize winner, the folks at Haiku Deck sent me an e-mail to let me know my presentation had been spontaneously chosen for a runner-up prize.
It's interesting to note that, while I'd worked on it a small amount a few days ago, I didn't get really serious about finishing it up until Thursday night just 2 hours before the submission deadline. In all, I probably spent a total 60 to 90 minutes on it. Who knew it could be this easy to create an award-winning presentation? With Haiku Deck, it's super simple. The results are pretty solid too.
What about you? Do you have a favorite presentation tool that you use? If so, why is it your favorite? Be sure to leave your answer in the comments.