Here’s a presentation, the format of which might, at first blush, seem counterintuitive. The presentation, for a company named Cincom, consists of 120 slides shown in 5 minutes. That’s a lot of slides compressed into a short period of time: 24 slides per minute or one slide every 2.5 seconds.
It sounds like information overload, but judge for yourself. Click on the logo below to watch the presentation.
I think that the presentation is clever. A few caveats:
- I do not think that every slide was necessary.
- I failed to grasp the point of certain slides, but that could be because of my unfamiliarity with the company. (The presentation seems to be geared towards a Cincom audience.)
- I think that better images could have been found for some slides.
- I’m not sure that the number of slides should have been announced at the beginning of the presentation as I found my self regularly checking our progress. (NB: Even though the presentation speaks of 118 slides, the counter shows 120.)
Having said that, I found the presentation engaging. Many of the images were fantastic. The supporting music was well chosen. Overall, there was little text to read. On those slides where there was lots of text, it was clear that we were not supposed to read every word but rather get a general sense of the point. I followed along and did not get bored.
Now, I cannot be sure, but I am guessing that this presentation was an introduction to a more detailed talk. It is an interesting way to use a slide show – as an introduction to the main presentation. And it also shows that it is possible to present many slides to an audience in an interesting way.
You have probably guessed from the logo above that the presentation was made using software from a company called SlideRocket. According to its website, “SlideRocket goes beyond traditional presentation tools by harnessing the power of the Internet and making everything available to you in an integrated and intuitive online interface. SlideRocket is provided in a software-as-a-service model in a variety of price points starting at free.”
Check out SlideRocket and see whether it might be useful for you. And the next time you are looking for an innovative way to give a slide presentation, perhaps you can find some inspiration from what you’ve just seen.