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Google Docs presentation for people who really hate PowerPoint

This week, we showed you a free tool that allows you to convert your PowerPoint presentations to video with some ideas about how to use the tool to make informational presentations, commercials, blog articles and more for your website.

But not everyone was on board. I get it, I do. I’m skeptical too but I promised to follow up to make sure that the real estate world wasn’t suddenly flooded with 1990-esque listing presentations featuring clip art monkeys and primary colors.

To fully illustrate the power of using PowerPoint presentations, the below video is of a Google Doc that was timed so meticulously that no video converter was necessary:

If you hate PowerPoint, let this change your mind. You can use Google Docs, awesome timing and some smarts and you’ve got a quality embeddable presentation for your website, email newsletter or blog. What will YOU use Google Docs for?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.




    February 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    i had never used google docs before for presentations but i gave it a whirl this wk. Active Rain’s Event RAINSTORM in anahiem this saturday required me to have slides for my speech. so i thought now is a good a time as any to switch from ppt. and it was so easy! and i was able to share it immediately with all parties. very intuitive and simple.. it worked so well, i’m using it again for another speech tomorrow. try it out!

  2. Joe Loomer

    February 17, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Google Docs can be used for an astounding array of applications. You can create forms to use in Craigslist ads, your own website, anywhere that allows basic HTML posts, pretty much anything. Imagine a Craigslist ad titled “free list of Whereverburg Foreclosures” that requires visitors to enter an email address to get the list – the address is automatically populated on a google form that then emails YOU to tell you there’s a new lead for you to contact.

    I see a day when computers are no longer sold with anything other than high-speed processors and browsers to allow you to go to the cloud quickly to do everything you want to do. No more hard-drive crashes, lost emails, missing presentations, databases, etc…

    This is the kind of AWESOME post I love from you and Agent Genius, Lani. I’ll be sharing the beejesus out of this one this morning – right after our class this morning on Gmail and the application of Google Voice.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  3. Brent Lauinger

    February 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Another great presentation tool, if you decide you still don’t like powerpoint, is prezi ( It take a few minutes to get familiar with the controls, but it is completely web based and free.


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