What Presentation Software to Use: PowerPoint or Something Else?

Chris Haroun
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Award Winning MBA Professor, Venture Capitalist and Author.
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  • Answer ANY Question During Your Speech Q&A Session: How to ace the Q&A session of your speech.
  • Meet/Beat the Goal(s) of Your Speech: We begin with the end goal in mind of your speech.
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English Instructor: In this lecture I'll discuss what software products to use, meaning PowerPoint or something else and please note that I created this lecture using Keynote software, which is only available on Apple products. In the next optional lecture I'll discuss how I made this lecture but regardless of what software you want to use or what platform you're using, meaning Apple or other platforms, please watch this lecture as I want to expose you to every type of major presentation software package I think makes sense to take a look at. Okay, so I'm gonna cover every single platform. The first one is PowerPoint and PowerPoint is available on all these platforms. PowerPoint is free if you use it on mobile or tablet devices but you have to pay for it if you use it on a desktop, meaning Apple computers or Windows computers. Okay, next up, I want to tell you this is my number one pick, PowerPoint, and I know that's controversial but the reason I say it is there's so many advanced features that you can use, and more importantly for me, personally, I kind of grew up in a Windows environment and I'm used to using all of these applications you see right there, so I love it, but I also love Keynote. Next up, we have my second favorite pick, which is Keynote and I love it, I almost love it more than PowerPoint now and Keynote is not available on all platforms, it's available on iOS as well as Apple desktop or laptop products and it's free, sort of, I mean, you have to buy all the Apple products first and then it's free. Okay, so it's my second favorite pick, again, almost my favorite, it's really easy to use, there's not as many advanced features as with PowerPoint but that's debatable. Let's talk about some of the more advanced features within Keynote, okay, and I'll just give you a quick little demo here of what Keynote can do, some of the advanced features, okay? So if you wanted to insert a chart, it's got really cool dynamic charts, I don't think you can do this to the same extent with PowerPoint, look at that, how beautiful is that, right? Typical Apple product. Alright, there's also interactive charts here, where you can show data trends over time, it's pretty cool, pretty cool, but with Microsoft it ties into Excel a little bit more with PowerPoint, okay? So there's benefits to being in different ecosystems. Let's move on now to Google Slides, which is free on all platforms, which is awesome and if it wasn't free on all platforms then I'm sure we would pay for Microsoft products on all platforms, thank you Google. It's my number three pick, it's really, really simple to use and there's tons of templates available online. Okay, next up let's talk about Haiku Deck, this one's not as popular, but it's pretty cool and it works on all platforms because it's internet based meaning you use a browser with it and it's really nice if you want to throw in beautiful pictures and I believe that you should have more images than you think you need in all of your presentations, a picture is worth a thousand words. So I'll give you a couple of examples here, look how beautiful that is, isn't that gorgeous? Stunning, and you can download a lot of these as well, isn't that nice there? Love it, love it. Okay, happy love teaching week, how awesome is that? Alright, next up we've got PowToon, and this one is off the charts, I absolutely love it and it's browser based as well, which means you can use it on any platform you want and if you're a student or a teacher, you can use it for a much lower pricing point and it's free, except if you want to get rid of the logo when you publish the animations, so let me just kinda show you examples of how I've used this software in the past. So I've used this to create animations to explain complex stuff within some of my courses, so in this case I was kinda talking about what are the different financial analyst roles and how do they all work together and with those purple circle locks, if you pay for the product, you can get more advanced features. Separately, you can move your characters around, you can replace them, swap them with different types and you can also insert your own images, objects here, music, et cetera, and it's a lot of fun to use and my kids use it in school actually, it's probably the best animation tool I know out there for simplistic presentations, okay? And then there's Prezi, and Prezi is free but you have to pay for it if you want to get support and more storage in the cloud and because it's web based, this one is also available on all major platforms, okay? And I've used this one a lot within my courses, and I'm gonna give you a couple of examples. So the first example is here, when I wanted to discuss what is the research process for analyzing a stock in one of my courses and basically the cool thing about Prezi, is you can zoom in and zoom out, it's really, really neat, it kind of reminds me of Google Earth, where you can zoom into different parts of the world. So there's an eight step process to investing in companies that I put together, whatever, so here are the eight steps, I'm not gonna run through it cos this is not a finance course but I run through all eight steps here, of course I would go much slower in my courses and then you can see that I've got that character there from my PowToons presentation that we just looked at, and so I love to use multiple presentation applications when I make my courses, right? And you can do that as well when you make your presentations. Okay, so let's look at another example here, so in this case I'm explaining how a mutual fund works, so in this case you've got a mutual fund or a hedge fund that's located in New York and it shows you the hierarchy, who does what, again, this is not a finance course but I'll go through it quickly. So the portfolio manager works on the West Coast and she has a number of analysts reporting to her and you can drill down to see what these analysts cover, those stocks, okay? It's kinda neat. Next up, I had a course where I want to talk about investment banking and I try and make it fun, what is an IPO, or initial public offering, right? I love to dream big or I don't like to dream at all. And then you can zoom out as well, in this case we're talking about the New York Stock Exchange and you don't just have the world in your hand, you have the whole galaxy. And then we talk about a mutual fund here if you're working for a company that analyzes Japanese stocks, in this case, in this example, the headquarters are in London and let's say that you are the Japanese portfolio manager, and you can see who reports to you, in this case let's talk about the technology analyst that covers Japanese technology stocks and those are the stocks, okay, let's move on. Another example I had was a day in the life of a hedge fund analyst, and I used to work in the hedge fund industry so I kinda zoom in and tell you, okay, we work in New York here, I try to make it as authentic as possible, you can zoom in, let me just skip a bunch of these here, and then I like to actually tie it back into PowToons, so we'll go back to PowToons for a second here, and so here you have me, or an analyst, whatever, that works for a hedge fund, and this analyst is at his or her house in the morning watching CNBC or whatever and they notice that one of their stocks went up a lot before the market opens, then they travel to work, and then they get into work and this is the morning meeting, and this simulates how a morning meeting is conducted, for example, in the hedge fund space and that woman on the left is the portfolio manager, and that person on the right is the analyst that works for her and he talks about his stocks during the morning meeting, in this case he lost money with a GoPro stock position, again, I'm not gonna go into too much detail on this because this is not a finance course and so what happens is, you can see that he's got a great idea, and I threw a light bulb there just to visualize it, and we talk about how that analyst goes through an idea, he's interested in stock called LinkedIn, which is no longer public, and here's why he likes it, yadda, yadda, yadda, you get it, and then later on he is at an investor conference, and this simulates him using his iPhone to tell his boss to buy a certain stock because the CEO of that company said something cool about that stock, I'll skip through this pretty quickly if I can, so he's sending the trade over to the trader and then at the end of the day, he's the king of the world in true Titanic format, hi, I'm seven. (laughs) So that's that, it's pretty cool, it's a lot of fun to use. Now, let's say you use a couple applications, different presentation documents in one presentation, how can you throw it together? I personally use QuickTime to record the screen and then I throw it in and I'll show you how I do that in a second. Before we get there though, I love to look at new products and there's one here that lets you kinda use different applications or different presentation applications together, it is called SlideDog, I haven't used it that much but you can basically throw in different types of products together and it will run them concurrently, that sort of thing. Next up, there is another free program here called LibreOffice, that's free in French and many languages, it's pretty cool, it kinda looks like an older version of PowerPoint, I don't think they've updated this product as much over the past couple of years but it is free, and it's quite intuitive as well, I'm not gonna show you how to use it because it's very similar to a lot of the products that we already use in this course, meaning PowerPoint as well as Keynote. So, in the next lecture I'm gonna show you how I created this lecture here but before I get there I just want to mention that we covered basically 98% or almost all the presentation software market and there's issues using other products, and those issues are as follows. Number one, they don't have as many features, number two, there's not great support or upgrades to the product and number three, there's a survivorship bias, will this company be a going concern, will it still be in business years from now, so I'm trying to cover the bigger ones for now. And that's it, but before we move on to the next lecture, I want to show you just really quickly how I inserted some of those videos on the screens and again, in the next lecture we'll talk about how I made this lecture in more detail but I used QuickTime, you go to File, New Screen Recording, but because I'm recording already, it shows here as recording, and I want to mention that QuickTime is also available not just on Mac platforms, but it's available on Windows if you want to download it.