Customer Question: What Are Your Favorite Presentation Resources?

Customer Question: What Are Your Favorite Presentation Resources?
November 21, 2013

After the Tampa Brainshark User Group Meeting in October, Ana Belczyk, a Project Specialist and Brainshark Administrator at Siemens, asked:  

“What would be a good source to visit, subscribe to, etc., to stay ‘in the know’ about presentation-related tools and emerging technologies?  Are there any particular print or online resources that you can recommend to continuously learn about these types of tools?” 

customer-question-favorite-presentation-resourcesAlthough there are apparently 72 billion presentations created, delivered or viewed every 12 minutes somewhere in the galaxy, there isn’t really a single “one-stop” resource that covers all the latest presentation trends and technologies.  To keep your finger on the pulse, you can start with our own Ideas Blog, but I also just keep my eyes and ears open.  As a recent example:

Our public radio station in Boston, WGBH has a weekly program, the Innovation Hub. In November, they interviewed Peter Lee, the top dog at Microsoft Research who peaked into a few research projects. 

When I am with customers at User Group meetings, the question of translation often comes up. I always say if someone can figure out with a click, how to translate the Brainshark audio in another language, they would be very successful. It looks like Microsoft is on its way. In the interview, Peter highlighted technology that not only translates someone’s talk in real-time, but it does so in their voice. Do not ask me how and you can see an amazing demo which generated 900,000 views on YouTube.  To hear the interview with Peter go to SoundCloud.

Translation is of interest to many Brainshark authors. A quick search found some tools for also translating the actual slide content but not much of an analysis of the tools.  Over the next few months, I am going to poke around translation tools and if I discover anything will report back in 2014.

Here are just a few of our favorite presentation resources from around the Web.

Indezine is run by Microsoft-certified PowerPoint MVP Geetesh Bajaj. He’s done a great job establishing his website as one of the foremost authorities on PowerPoint in addition to other emerging presentation technologies. It’s also an invaluable go-to source for PowerPoint templates, tools and resources.

Bright Carbon (Richard Goring), Corporate Visions (Tim Riesterer), Duarte (Nancy Duarte), and RexiMedia (Carmen Simon), are among the best out there when it comes to the intersection of presentation design and delivery. We just happen to have a helpful resource page where you can see them in action.

Masie Center
Elliott Masie is a leader in the corporate e-learning space and you can sign up for the Masie Center’s weekly digest, Learning Trends.

It is not presentation focused but is one of my favorites. They keep an eye out on what is happening across the globe related to design, branding, and creativity. There is always something that will ignite an idea.

Webinar Success
Ken Molay’s website, Webinar Success, is a fantastic resource for business professionals looking for web conferencing tips, as well as news and opinions on the latest in web conferencing technology. His website also includes a very good webinar resource page.

Finally, check out our Third-Party Tools page to find more cool resources and utilities that can be used enhance your Brainshark presentations. 

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