Ignite Interest in Your Next Presentation


I was previously a speaker at the San Antonio Learning and Performance Summit (LEAPS). I’ve heard it said that every product you work on is a prototype for the next product, and I’m assuming this applies to presentations, too. Following the summit, I immediately started considering improvements. The following are free resources that I plan to use when preparing for my next presentation.


Kahoot! is a free game-based platform and can be used to incorporate fun, build camaraderie, and increase participant engagement. Kahoot! works with any device that has an internet connection. Best of all, it’s free to create and play, and the Kahoot! team promises this is how it will always be.


Canva is a tool that can be used to design for web or print. The user interface is intuitive, and the template layouts are attractive. Designing presentation handouts is much easier using Canva. Downloading your final project is free if you include the Canva watermark.


Piktochart makes creating beautiful infographics easier. If you’re new to Piktochart, there’s an abundance of free templates. One of the templates is a presentation infographic composed of a series of blocks that fit the aspect ratio of typical presentations. For those who want to create a completely custom infographic, there are 100+ themes to choose from and 4,000+ icons. You can try out Piktochart for free by using their basic themes and including the Piktochart watermark on your infographic.


Telling a story is a great memory technique, and Explory makes it easy to tell rich, compelling stories. First, post your pictures and videos. Then, add text, narration, and background music if desired. You will then have a URL that you can link to from your presentation. Explory is from the team that created Flash. The app is free to download, and you get 50MB of stories. For $1.99, you can get 1GB for the month. Additional space is available based on the purchase of a subscription.