5 Tools to Turn a Local Presentation into a Global One

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You have a presentation that just rocks! You have given this presentation, training, and/or workshop to people in your local area and the response was phenomenal…..so why not bring it to a wider audience?

Price? Don’t Know How? Don’t Have the Time? ………..We have some tools that will help.

In a previous post Free Conference Calling and Video Services we highlighted 6 free tools to help you bring your business into the digital age. Now we would like to add 5 more tools to your repertoire. These tools are Free and of course free is nice, not always the best, but good enough to use on a small scale or for a short duration. When trying out something for the first time the less expensive you can keep your R&D (research and development) the better….right?

We would like to showcase 5 more tools that are free  (or really cheap), which can be used in conjunction with, or in place of, some of the free conference calling and video services we previously posted about. These 5 tools will help you bring your presentations into the digital age and to a global audience.

SlideShare

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Most presentations have a PowerPoint, quite a bit of time is spent putting the information into a PowerPoint but not much is done with the PowerPoint after the presentation. Now you can share that PowerPoint online, either through SlideShare’s site, your blog, website, or even your social profiles.

SlideShare is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience. Do you want to get the word out about your product or service? Do you want your slides to reach people who could not make it to your talk?

Some of the things you can do on SlideShare

– Embed slideshows into your own blog, website, or networking profile (LinkedIn has an application)

– Share slideshows publicly or privately. There are several ways to share privately.

– Synch audio to your slides.

– Market your own event on slideshare.

– Join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests

– Download the original file

Animoto

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Want to add a bit of flare to an event, product, or service Animoto is a great way to accomplish just that. Free to $249 a year – contingent on duration of the video, quality, and commercial licensing.

Traditional slideshows are meant to showcase individual photos that capture single moments, slowly transitioning between pictures one at a time. The guys at Animoto recognize that people have started to think differently about how they take photos with their digital cameras. They are thinking less like photographers of the past, who capture individual moments, and increasingly more like video producers who capture an entire experience through a series of images. Today it’s not uncommon for people to take dozens, even hundreds of pictures at a time. Because traditional solutions like slideshows don’t serve this way of thinking very well, new ideas for how to capture and share a whole experience are needed.

Ustream

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Stream your presentation live, you only need a webcam or a compatible mobile phone. Ustream is live but also offers upgraded services without their branding. Ustream can also be used in conjunction with Skype and Webcam Max (see description below).

Ustream.TV is the live interactive video broadcast platform that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to quickly and easily broadcast to a global audience of unlimited size. You can become a broadcaster by creating their own channel on Ustream or by broadcasting through your own site (you can embed Ustream into your site so the presentation and the viewers do not leave your site), you can also go mobile with Ustream.tv and broadcast from your phone.

Webcam Max

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Webacam Max is a free program ($50 if you would like to remove their branding) that was designed for those creative types that like to have a bit of fun with their video and live streaming. On the business side this software can be used to capture your computer screen while you are streaming live (Skype, Ustream, TinyChat, etc.) and you can record your Webcam Max projects (webcam videos, screen captures, or instructional videos) to be uploaded and displayed online.

Dimdim

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Live training, conferencing, and group collaboration platforms aka webinars are the most cost effective way to bring your business to a broader audience. The problem is that to put a webinar on can be expensive, challenging if you are not familiar with the technology, and limited in cross promotional capabilities (video, phone, viewing choices, embedding in your website, connecting with your other online assets….Facebook, Twitter, etc)

Dimdim is very easy to use, there is nothing needed (no downloads or sign up requirements) to host or attend Dimdim web events. You can share your documents, webcams, web pages, whiteboards, pass control to multiple presenters – even record your meetings. on DimDim you can share computer microphones (with 4 people using Dimdim Pro and 4 using Dimdim Free). In addition every user gets their own free audio conference call bridge.

This is a cool new feature requested by Dimdim Pro customers: any time you schedule a meeting we automatically create a webinar widget for you. Simply share the webinar widget on any website or via FaceBook or Twitter and anyone can register for your event just by entering their email address. Being open source and having an open API means you can extend Dimdim as you see fit. We already integrate with your local eMail client, with Yahoo!’s Zimbra, and with your Outlook or iCal calendar, with Learning Management Systems such as Docebo, Claroline, LAMS, and Moodle and with popular CRM systems such as SugarCRM. Enterprising folks have even built FaceBook applications on top of Dimdim’s open source version.

So go out there and get digital……and don’t forget to come back and let us know what you think of these tools!

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Bridget is President of The Get Smart Web Consulting Group, a web presence and digital strategy firm with offices in San Diego County California and Collier County Florida. But more importantly she is a web, tech, and Twitter addict!