Present-It.com: Sharing Your Knovio with the World

You’ve finished recording a brilliant Knovio presentation.  You’ve made great slides, figured out just the right way to articulate your idea.  You’ve given a brilliant, high-energy performance to your narration.  And you’ve pressed PUBLISH.

Now what?

If you’ve got a high-traffic website, or lots of Twitter or LinkedIn followers or a ton of Facebook friends, you’re on your way: you can use Knovio’s embed codes and social sharing options to get the word out.

But if you don’t have those channels (and even if you have), you’re a bit stuck.  Now, there’s an answer: Present-It.com.

Present-It-ScreenShot-May2016The idea for Present-It.com came to me when I was looking at a lot of the great presentations that are being created on Knovio that deserve a lot more attention than they’re being given.  Despite the fact that the internet is a very busy place, it’s not always easy for a brilliant idea to be spontaneously discovered.

So we decided to do something about it: Present-It.com was born, and we launched it just a few days ago.

Present-It.com is an online home for multimedia presentations — the kinds of audio- and video-narrated presentations that are made with Knovio and other KnowledgeVision tools like KVStudio.

Present-It.com is designed to be an interesting destination in its own right: you’ll find all kinds of intriguing presentations just by browsing the “Featured” section, where we select some of the most interesting content that’s recently been published.  But just as importantly, Present-It.com exposes Knovios instantly to all the major internet search engines, making them more easily discoverable in web search results.  It also makes it easier to share presentations that you’ve discovered, and to show appreciation by giving high ratings to the best content.

Just in its infancy at this writing, Present-It.com will continue to grow and evolve as a medium.  I hope that every Knovio user will consider publishing their best content into Present-It.com, and that they’ll continue contributing to a robust and energetic community of ideas.

“Reading Decks” and the Slideshare Dilemma

Just about every piece of modern advice about creating PowerPoint presentations offers the same kind of tip: when crafting a slide, less is more.  And that especially applies to words on a slide.

“Use big, bold images and an evocative, memorable phrase,” the experts say.  They point to Steve Jobs, one of the most powerful presenters of all.  Jobs rarely used more than two or three words on a slide.  Sometimes, just a single number would make his point.

That’s great for live presentations.  Minimalist slide decks focus attention on the storyteller, not on the slides.  And the elimination of long, wordy slides forces speakers to resist the temptation to merely read bullets off the screen.

But have you ever had this experience: You attend a great presentation — one whose concepts you want to share with your colleagues.  The speaker says, “My slides are available online on SlideShare.”  You go back to the office, open the deck, and all you see are images and a few scattered words.  Sharing the deck with your colleagues is useless: you “had to be there.”  Much of the commentary behind the slides is lost.

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