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In Case You Think Powerpoint Is The Only Presentation Tool, These Alternatives Are What You Should Know

In Case You Think Powerpoint Is The Only Presentation Tool, These Alternatives Are What You Should Know

There’s no doubt about it…living in the information age is exciting. Not only because of the wealth of information that is at our fingertips via the internet, but the ever-growing choices we have to pick from when we are called upon to present information we’ve been asked to share, whether it’s with our friends, family, co-workers, or whoever! With that being said though, sometimes it’s difficult to pick just the right method that will best represent what we have to share. Allow me to enlighten you on some innovative ways to get information across that is new, different, and gives PowerPoint a run for its money!

1. Haiku Deck

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    Haiku Deck, which came out in October 2013, is probably the newest kid on the block. It has a very user friendly interface and is based off the concept that everyone has a story to tell. If presented in a fun and creative way, that story can connect with an audience. How to achieve that is to keep it simple! They propose building “decks” around one great idea and sticking with three points. No more than one idea should be presented per slide, and pictures should be vivid and engaging with formatting that stays consistent throughout the “deck.” Haiku Deck boasts a blog for their members to comment and get suggestions, a gallery to view previously submitted decks, tutorials, and the capability to embed created decks within websites and blogs!

    2. Prezi

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      If you’re looking for a unique alternative to the same old boring PowerPoint presentation, then I invite you to take a look at Prezi! The visual possibilities are endless with this site. Select one of their many templates and add your own information. What makes it visually unique is Prezi’s capability to zoom in to a particular area on an individual slide. So even though you may have multiple points noted, you can direct your audience’s attention to a selected area. It’s fun, slick and draws attention quickly. Not only that, but once you zoom in to a designated spot, you can further add video, audio or a mini-slide presentation in that area alone. Once you’ve covered your point thoroughly, you can then zoom back out and resume with your other points on the same slide. The variety of templates Prezi offers is staggering and seems to be growing every day. Be prepared to spend some time though, because the sheer number of choices you have can be overwhelming.

      3. Slideshare

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        Slideshare originated in 2006 and is widely used by all segments of the information sharing society. There are a number of perks to Slideshare. You can embed slideshares within websites and blogs. You can use almost any document you can think of within a slideshare (for example, PDFs, Microsoft Office and Open Office documents, etc.) Videos can be embedded in the slideshares, and you can easily blast them to your various social media accounts. You can download slideshares and use them to market your business You can also create a branding hub that houses all your content: videos, PDFs and documents.

        4. Tiki-Toki

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          If you have a presentation where you’re wanting to convey the passage of time, then hands down the most beautiful site to get this done is Tiki-Toki. It has a strange name, but the look you can achieve is gorgeous. The only downside to this site is if you want to embed your timeline creation within your website or blog -that feature will cost you a monthly fee of at least $7.50 per month. They have a free version, but that doesn’t allow embedding capabilities…just so you know. Depending on how often your information is time-related, it could be worth your time. Tiki-Toki is the only site I’m aware of that gives you a 2D or 3D view of your finished timeline. It can be useful for companies to show progress throughout the course of time, by students for school projects and a unique way to display a personal diary.

          PowerPoint (although it’s served us well in the past) is not the be all and end all any more when it comes to creative ways to present information. What I’ve listed above is really just the tip of the iceberg. You just have to know beforehand how willing you are to learn a new user interface and determine how creative or simplistic you want for the overall look of your presentation.

          Featured photo credit: Audience listening/Jesper Ronn Jensen via justaddwater.dk

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          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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