Most people have made PowerPoint presentations when tasked with pulling together workshop materials. Nonfiction authors can pull materials from their books into nice visual slides. Fiction authors who teach about writing can also pull examples of writing into slides. The key with slide presentations is to create slides with valuable information, and NOT be boring.
For starters, please don’t use the PowerPoint templates that come installed with the software. I love finding great templates so I don’t have to start from scratch all the time. One of my favorite places to go is Creative Market. You will find quality products that easily fit your budget. Let’s check out some alternatives to PowerPoint.
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If you decide to create your own slide presentations, you may be used to using Microsoft PowerPoint. There are a few alternatives, especially if you want to create something on the go. Often times I get inspiration for slides away from my desktop and like to use other tools to pull together presentations.
1 | Canva
Canva is a free graphic design tool. One of the reasons why I have grown to like using this tool is due to how fabulously the Canva app for the iPad works. I have used this tool to whip up quick mock-ups, social media graphics, and even to get started on slide presentations. You can only download your presentation as a images or a PDF, but I have been able to import my starter slides into PowerPoint if I want to use transitions.
2 | Google Drive
I have been a fan of Google Docs for many years. Google Slides has come in handy for me when I want to create a quick presentation to include in a Google Hangout. Google Slides can be saved as PowerPoints.
3 | Keynote (iOS)
If you’re a Mac/Apple person, then you’re already familiar with Keynote. I like using my iPad for getting work done and I love the Keynote app for the iPad. Keynote offers some pretty slick transitions and can be saved as PowerPoints. I often start my slides on the iPad and import them to PowerPoint, depending on the setup at a conference.
4 | PowToon
If you’re looking for a totally different type of presentation, PowToon says, “A cartoon is one of the most effective ways to get through to your audience. It catches them off guard and makes them receptive to what you say.”
I’m not selling PowToon to you. As a visual person and animation lover, I found this technique could be useful and have it on my to try in the future list. Check out this great collection of presentations from PowToon.
Checkout LinkedIn Slideshare
Slideshare has been around for some time and just recently became LinkedIn Slideshare. If you have PowerPoint slides that go along with your book, Slideshare makes it easy to provide access to those slides later to conference attendees too. You can embed the slides on your website or in a blog post so the traffic goes to your website.
Why not try attracting more readers for your book after a workshop or presentation. Now obviously you may NOT want to give the whole presentation away. So instead reduce the slides down, still keeping the information valuable, but with the idea of creating a call-to-action at the end. The call-to-action can be to your mailing list or where to order your book.
I will confess I definitely used to be guilty of boring bullet point heavy slides. In the past year, I have gradually moved to creating more visually appealing slides. Here are some of my recent slideshares and as you can see these are easy to embed on a website.
This is a modification of the presentation I did at the 2015 Augusta Literary Festival.
This is a modification of the presentation I did at the 2015 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference.
Here are a few examples of interest to a “literary entrepreneur” on book marketing and publishing:
Okay, now create your own Slideshare account.
Do you already have a slides for a “literary entrepreneur” online? Feel free to share in the comments below.