4 Remarkable Tech Tools to Spice Up Your Presentations

 

The way we present doesn’t always have to be so familiar. With constantly evolving technology, we have an overabundance of options to choose from when presenting our information. So why are so many of us still sticking to PowerPoint slides?

“To be fair, there’s no doubting the effectiveness of slides as a presentation tool––the format’s longevity is a testament to this. But there are a plethora of unique, dynamic methods out there that can make your presentation even more impactful.” – Meetings Imagined

Check out 4 awesome tech tools from Meetings Imagined to enhance your presentations, wow your attendees, and grab their attention this fall.

Google Jamboard

Google created Jamboard to rid brain-stormers the hassle of having to snap a picture of a whiteboard after each meeting and brainstorming session. Jamboard is essentially a digital whiteboard that allows you to come to your presentation with your ideas already mapped out, and as your meeting progresses, you and your colleagues can make notes directly on the board (as you would with a regular whiteboard.) Every note jotted onto the Jamboard is saved in real time, so you don’t have to worry about backing up your ideas with a photo on your cell phone. This is a great option for collaborative teams and meetings that encourage participation.

Myo Armband

“Myo reads gestures and motion to let you seamlessly control presentation software, touch-free.” The makers of Myo created this simple, responsive tool to let you control your presentation by directing your audience’s focus to what you want them to see—zoom in on various points, skip to the next slide, go back, and more with just a few different gestures. The tool is compatible with major presentation software like PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, and Keynote.

PowToon

Keep your audience’s attention in a new and exciting way: animated videos. PowToon is an easy to use software tool that allows everyone (not just coders and designers) to create animated, professional videos in place of basic presentation slides. It’s a fantastic option for presenters who want to have fun making their presentation and have fun capturing their audience’s attention.

SlideDog

“With SlideDog you can combine almost any media into one seamless multimedia presentation.” The makers of SlideDog wanted to create a tool that would allow presenters to use multiple mediums to create a stunning, dynamic presentation. With this platform, you can combine your PDF files, Prezis, multimedia like videos or audio files, and PowerPoint slides into one big, seamless presentation. This is a great option if you have a lot of data but don’t want the hassle of switching between multiple platforms to share it.

Curious to read more about how these tools could improve your meetings? Read the full article on meetingsimagined.com.

Cincinnati is Gaining Recognition as a Top Meeting Destination

Here are 5 reasons why, from MPI Ohio Meeting Chapter.

  1. Urban renewal and adventures

“When the meetings end in Cincinnati, the fun just begins.” After investing nearly $2 billion in the downtown, Over-The-Rhine, and Riverfront development, the Queen City has had a dramatic facelift. The city has also recently installed a new street car system, allowing easier transportation between downtown districts. North of the city in Sharonville’s Northern Lights District, over 15 hotels along with a variety of both dine in and quick service restaurants have opened, and the Sharonville Convention Center offers a modern facility for various uses and has plenty of parking for guests. Meeting attendees can check out some of the new parks, foodie-centered and trendy restaurants, rooftop bars, catch a baseball or football game, or just explore the vibrancy the city has to offer after the meeting is over.

  1. New hotel developments

“In 2014 and 2015 [alone], Downtown Cincinnati experienced an explosion of new hotel properties, with the three new properties (Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, and the Renaissance Hotel by Marriott) bringing 572 new rooms to the downtown market.” In Sharonville, the latest hotel addition, the Hyatt Place Sharonville, is directly connected to the Sharonville Convention Center, meaning plenty of updated and comfortable accommodation options for your out-of-town attendees.

  1. Award-winning dining

“The headlines about Cincinnati’s food scene are piling up thanks to an influx of both big city and local chefs getting entrepreneurial in some of downtown’s hottest up and coming neighborhoods.” A quick Yelp check or even a Google search of “Best Cincinnati Restaurants” or “Best OTR Restaurants” will yield endless options of exciting new places to try.

  1. Historic architecture and public art

“Groups can now enjoy the arts and cultural heritage of Cincinnati on a quick walk between their hotel and convention center, thanks to the ArtWorks mural program, which has more than 100 murals painted on the sides of buildings around the region.” Besides the stunning murals peppered around the city, there are several free museums such as the Cincinnati Art Museum in Mount Adams, or the Contemporary Arts Center downtown. Over-The-Rhine is also home to some of the oldest, most unique architecture in the nation.

  1. Welcoming city

“In the Cincinnati region, meetings are more than welcomed, they’re celebrated.” The kind citizens of Cincinnati are more than happy to point you in the right direction or recommend the best restaurant to try. From the pro-business downtown to the open friendliness, attendees will feel comfortable and eager to explore the city. Cincinnati is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador Program, certifying more than 1,150 residents to welcome visitors and offer great experiences during their stay.

There are plenty more reasons to plan your big meetings in the Queen City. Check them out at MPIOH.org.