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Latest Trends In Presentation Technology

By | Audience Engagement, Audience Response, Education, Engagement, Freeman Audio Visual Products & Services, News, Presentation Management 4, Presentation Management 4.5, Presentation Tips, Simultaneous Interpretation, Social Media, Wide screen projection

A presentation is the finished product of months of research, analysis and practice. It’s your speaker’s chance to share information on your expertise with a room full of like-minded people who are interested in learning about your topic. But a good presentation is more than just the information itself; it’s also about how that information gets communicated. And that’s where unique presentation technologies play an important role.

It’s no secret that the world is rapidly advancing technologically. People have smartphones, high-tech televisions, at-home personal assistants like Alexa, not to mention everyone’s personal computer. This means it’s likely safe to assume that you’re speaking to an audience that’s familiar with some form of technology when giving your presentation.

The latest trends in presentation tools and technology revolve around this high-tech transformation. Without further ado, here are some of the latest trends we’ve identified in presentation technology that will wow your audience and create buzz around your brand:

Flat Screen Displays

A vivid flat screen display offers image quality that makes the viewer feel like there’s no separation between them and the visuals being depicted. Whether it’s a tundra, a busy city, the middle of an ocean or a calm village, modern flat screen displays really do these scenes justice.

Flat screen displays aid presentations by making it more pleasurable for your audience to view your slides, your video, and whatever other visual components you’re sharing. The quality of the image also makes it easier for a room full of people to view, taking in every detail. This means you can share more detailed images without worrying about them being grainy.

Simultaneous Translation

If your attendees are from global offices, incorporating simultaneous translation into your presentation can be hugely helpful. Simultaneous interpretation is a reliable option for bringing in remote parties when giving a presentation. Provide native-language messages through headsets so that every member of your audience is able to fully participate in your event. With fluid interpretation that allows your attendees to listen in their own language you leave no attendee behind.

Social Media

Social media is ubiquitous, so it might as well be put to good use. Many conferences, seminars, learning presentations and corporate meetups use social media technology to spread awareness of their brand and engage their attendees. Social media walls and live feed projections give event attendees their ‘five seconds of fame’ and get them excited about using their social media in a tangible way. It also allows them to share their ideas in a public forum, an example of using social media the way it was originally intended: for greater collaboration and communication.

Audience Response Service

Think, “Ask the Audience” on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Audience response technology allows you to ask your audience questions and get their responses in real-time. This makes for a much more engaging presentation, but also makes your audience members feel like their voices are really being heard. Gathering popular opinion in the midst of a presentation can help you underscore the points you’re trying to drive home. It can also help you get a sense of how engaged your audience is, and whether further education on a particular matter might be helpful to them.

Technology advances have given us so many more presentation possibilities. Now, with so many different types of event technology available, you can be as creative as you want with your events. For more information about the latest trends in presentation equipment, call us at 1 800-868-6886 or contact us here.

 

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Everything You Need to Make Sure Your Presentation Pops

By | Presentation Tips

You’ve been planning for weeks or months to ensure your presentation is the best it can be. Outside of the excellent speech, content, and audience attention-grabbers, think about the subtle factors that are often unnoticed, but that play a huge part in the overall effect of your presentation. You wouldn’t want your hard work to go unappreciated by interruptions and lack of technical support. Here is everything you need to make sure your presentation pops. Read More

FreemanXP Tell Us How to Overhaul Presentations with Technology

By | Engagement, FreemanXP, Hot Technology, Interesting Articles, Presentation Tips

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Tech can convert audiences into participants while driving data and engagement

We live in a world that demands people be constantly connected (whether they want to or not) and that demand has fueled a shift in audience behaviors. No longer can we assume or even ask that our audiences do nothing but pay attention at events. The reality is that they have teams to manage, quick notes to dash off, clients to keep tabs on – and this all continues to happen while they are at your event.

But there is an important upside to this for event marketers! We can leverage the predisposition for constantly connected behavior to get our attendees more deeply involved in sessions, converting audiences into participants.

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Tips on Creating a Professional Meeting Environment for Your Presentation

By | LED Technology, Presentation Tips, Room Décor, Tools & Tips

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You have the content, the venue, and the team, but you’re struggling with ensuring your presentation comes off as professional and well put together. Holding meetings that engage, educate, and embody your company’s brand is essential in creating a strong first impression and a lasting relationship with your clients. Freeman Audio Visual has lots of tools available to help you create a professional meeting environment, and thus, ensure you make the most of your scheduled meeting time.

While the basics may be in place, we can help you clean up the edges and create a sharper, more professional look to your entire presentation. Keeping on theme but also adding slight touches always goes a lot further in impressing your audience. In regards to your screen, adding picture-frame style screen surrounds enhance basic screens, making them look more polished. For more enhancements, our self-supporting column structures with simple LED fixtures can add a little extra to your presentation, with customizable lighting to enhance themes. For a more personal touch, custom printed logo inserts into our VH-1 style lecterns and lighting of drapery lines with LED lights can easily be installed and controlled. Light up your presentation, and make it stand out.

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Follow basic rules of thumb to create a professional presentation. Keep these things in mind and see the difference in your meeting. While technical knowledge and understanding might not come easily to everyone, we can provide the support you need to make your presentation as smooth as possible. One of the most important aspects of a presentation, outside of aesthetics, is sound. Poor sound will basically negate all the hard work you’ve put in, so to avoid such a situation, ensure you have your sound figured out prior to the day of the meeting. If you’re unsure of when to use the house sound versus independent, first thing you should do is test the system. Also, to be safe and as a general rule of thumb, if there are multiple wireless microphones or if there will be music playing in the background, go with independent sound to ensure you get the best quality and support without glitches.

If you are unsure about how to choose a meeting room that is right for your presentation, some basic guidelines will help. Of course, ensuring the room is large enough for your expected number of attendees is standard practice; however, keep in mind that you must account for AV equipment which can take up to 15% of the room space – so plan accordingly. Pillars and chandeliers can add aesthetic appeal, and might even fall into your theme; however, they also take up quite a bit of space and need to have projection screens strategically positioned to allow for optimal viewing. In regards to AV equipment, square-shaped rooms work the best with the equipment, so look for something angular versus curved walls, despite how cool they look.

Clear as mud? No worries – Freeman Audio Visual is here to assist you as much or little as you need. Contact us for more information.

5 Tips to Nail Your Next Presentation

By | Audience Engagement, Presentation Tips

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Whether you’re giving a talk to a few people, or a few hundred, presentations and public speaking can be nerve-wracking. The pressure to give a great presentation can be overwhelming; however, it is not just inexperienced speakers that are at risk for giving a dull presentation. Even seasoned public speakers can give boring, uninspiring talks.

Whether you’re nervous for an upcoming talk, or you’re an experienced speaker looking to better connect with your audience, consider the following tips:

Know your material

No matter how much planning you put into ensuring your presentation runs smoothly, sometimes unforeseen issues can arise. Maybe you forget your cue cards at home, or perhaps you forgot to bring along your visual aids. By knowing your material inside and out, you can get through a presentation no matter what issues may arise. This will also help you nail the question period at the end of your talk.

Move around!

If you’ve ever seen a truly captivating presentation, you may have noticed that the speaker made use of the entire stage. Sometimes you may be confined to a podium, but even by using simple hand gestures and eye contact effectively, you can significantly increase and maintain the attention of your audience.

Practice, practice, practice

This not only refers to a specific speech leading up to an event, but also your speaking skills in general. If you’re uncomfortable with presentations, becoming a strong communicator may seem like an insurmountable goal, but remember this: public speaking is a skill, and just like any other skill, you will get better with practice. Strong public speakers might make it look easy, but make no mistake, there’s a lot of work that has gone into that skill behind the scenes. If you’re looking to get some extra practice in a low-pressure environment, consider joining a speaking club like Toastmasters.

Tell a story

Another great way to keep your audience engaged is by telling a story, or keeping a common theme throughout your talk. Your audience needs some degree of uniformity throughout your speech. A sporadic, unconnected speech is hard to follow, and will greatly hinder engagement. By simply wrapping up your speech with a strong conclusion, and touching back on the key points of your talk, your audience will have a clear takeaway and (hopefully) feel like they learned something useful.

Use strong audio visual techniques

Making use of professional AV solutions can make a huge difference in the engagement and success of your presentation. Simple things like complimentary lighting, reliable computer and network services, and audience response tools can really set your presentation apart.

At Freeman Audio Visual, we provide audio visual solutions for events of any size. Whether you need a custom stage built for a large-scale event, or a computer network set up for a business meeting or workshop, we can help. Check out our design gallery for some photos of what we can offer you, and if you already have a project in mind, contact us. We look forward to helping you create a truly engaging event!