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6 PowerPoint Add-ins for Interactive Presentations

When we are working on a presentation, we want it to be engaging and keep our audience entertained. One of the best ways to do so is by creating an interactive presentation that holds the audience’s attention and even allows them to participate in the process. Adding interactivity to the presentation is the best way to spice up the speech and engage the audience. The good news is interactivity can be achieved in a few steps with the help of add-ins. Virtual delivery remains the preferred method of presentations with COVID-19 precautions still in full effect. Add-ins are supplemental programs that add custom commands or features to Office programs. They offer an interactive experience both for the host and the participants.

In this article, DeckRobot tells about 6 ways to create an interactive presentation to grab the audience’s attention and keep them entertained throughout the entire presentation.


How to add or find add-ins

When in PowerPoint, click on the “Insert” tab. There will be 2 little buttons on top of each other that say “Get Add-ins” and “My Add-ins”, Clicking “get add-ins” will take you to the Microsoft Office store where there are over 170 options to choose from. You can sort your options by trials, pricing model, and ratings. On the left, there are categories like “finance” or “collaboration” to choose from. There are more than 2,000 Microsoft Office add-ins. Microsoft Office organizes all add-ins in neat categories or you can also filter them. You can feel spoiled for choice with the option of 2,000+ add-ins.

Now let’s check out a few that are useful for almost anyone.


1. iSpring Free

With iSpring Free, you can create learning materials and convert your slides to online courses. With iSpring Free you can also create interactive quizzes with 3 question types to assess knowledge retention. You can set feedback, a number of attempts, and time limits. Add audio and video to make quizzes more engaging. You can convert it into an HTML5 format to post the output on the internet or publish it to SCORM 1.2 or 2004 to upload it to your learning management system. After conversion, all the transitions, animations, and triggers are kept intact.


2. Mentimeter

Mentimeter is very customizable with a wide variety of options and there are also many quiz type options to choose from. It allows us to build interactive presentations with an easy-to-use online editor. You can add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, gifs, and more to your presentation to create fun and engaging projects. The audience uses their smartphones to connect to the presentation where they can answer questions which allows you to visualize their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience.


3. Pexels

Pexels add-in is here to help you find free professional stock photos in one place. You can use the ‘Search’ by the ‘Color’ option and other image filters to find the perfect pictures for your presentation. There is also an option that allows you to highlight and save your favorite images for fast access. You can use all images for free, even for commercial use. All images are completely royalty-free and licensed under the Pexels license.


4. QR4Office

QR4Office is a first-of-its-kind QR-creation app that integrates seamlessly into your Office documents. Add a QR Code in your eLearning course to let participants view additional information with rich media and download reference materials. You can also use a QR Code to take a quick poll or collect feedback. This add-in’s features include QR code images embedding within the document. Customizable color, background, and size. Ability to set QR error correction level.


5. Pixton Comic Characters

This add-in allows you to add illustrated comic characters to your presentations. By using Pixton Comic Characters you can increase engagement and make your presentations more fun and interesting. These Comic Characters are computer-generated training assistants; they can present course material, interact with the audience, and provide social encouragement – in much the same way a live instructor might. Characters come in different ages, ethnicities, and genders. Once a character is selected you can choose a clothing style and an appropriate pose. The Pixton add-in works by allowing you to select from a varied cast of preset characters and outfits, and add them directly into your presentation. 


6. Pro Word Cloud

Word clouds are often underestimated but they can be impactful visual elements when you want to leave your audience with a core message at the end of your presentation. You can collect ideas from your audience and then visualize the most popular responses with a word cloud. Or just summarize your speech with the most important words on the screen. You can tweak your clouds with different sizes, fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create are yours to use as you like.


Conclusion

If you’re not taking advantage of PowerPoint add-ins then you’re definitely missing out. Find your favorites and install them to make your presentation even better. So try a few of these add-ins the next time a presentation falls into your lap. These may just give your productivity the boost it needs.