It’s one thing to have the confidence and charisma to give a presentation in the first place, but what is it that can take your presentation to the next level and leave audiences truly inspired?

Here are three tips that will carry your presentation into the 21st century and help you make a lasting impression with your audiences.

1. “The medium is the message”

The phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan still reigns true. The way you choose to deliver a message influences how the message is perceived. Think outside of standard Powerpoint slides. Engage your audiences with relevant technology that will help deliver your message and encourage interaction with your audiences.

2. There’s an app for that

It’s much more impressive to stand before a group with an iPad rather than speech cards or A4 sheets of paper. There are a number of presentation apps that can assist you to both create and deliver your presentation. There are apps that offer effective ways to prioritise content and plan your speech. There are now even apps that enable you to present local documents, websites, music and photos from your iPad, on-screen.

3. Use technology to interact with audiences

A great presentation engages the audience and creates a conversation. Think about how your audiences can engage with your content. Social media can be a powerful way to have audiences discuss and share relevant points throughout your presentation. Videos can help you avoid delivering a monologue and speak to your audience in a multi-sensorial way. Images can often be more powerful than words and are an important addition to any presentation.

There’s nothing worse than having to sit through a presentation with a rambling speaker and no relevant stimulation to keep you engaged and interested.

The creative and effective uses of technology can help lift your presentation and leave a longer-lasting impression. Speak to your AV technician to help guide you on what technology you should integrate into your presentation.

These days it seems everything is moving from print to digital, this includes how events are organised and executed.

For an event organiser or planning team, an event app can save hours and sometimes days in the preparation and planning of any event, can allow content to be updated in a timely manner, and provide further opportunities for event organisers to engage with event attendees.

A good event app will integrate event information with social media tools, gamification, surveys, push notifications and live polls. Event attendees are becoming increasingly tech savvy and with this, they expect both an online and offline experience.

Here are some features to look for when considering using an event app.


Look for apps that act as an interactive conference guide, allowing the user to access up to date event information such as programs, flyers, videos, maps, and local weather as well as speaker, attendee and exhibitor information.

Feedback and reviews

Attendees should be able to interact and engage with speakers and other attendees by leaving reviews on sessions, speakers, venues and exhibitors.

Social networking platform

Look for an app which integrates with social media channels. The best aps will even let attendees post updates, tag their location, like posts, comment and send private messages within the app.


An event app should include an analytics function allowing event organisers to comprehensively report on active users, attendee interactions in the app and reviews. This information can be useful insights when planning future events.

This article was originally published at Business Events News.