It’s a fact – visually appealing, interactive presentations are much better way to help the communicator convey his core ideas and for an audience to grasp it. If the presentation is interactive, that is even better.
Have you heard of the Relational Presentation? It’s a lesser-known concept of using interactive presentation ideas. It’s for those PowerPoint users who want a presentation that is “strikingly flexible, interactive, and conversational”. A Relational Presentation is structured using a combination of strategies that include hyperlinks, design and illusions to work around the constraints of regular slideshows. In short, these presentations are more flexible; the slides need not follow a set routine, but can change depending on the audience’s understanding. In an article written by Robert Lane – Relational Presentation: the visually interactive side of PowerPoint, he explains this with an apt example –
Says Lane, “rather than limiting yourself to a single large, linear slide show, you create a network of small, reusable shows.” According to Wikipedia, Relational presentations were first created in the late 1990’s in the University of Arizona by in a research project conducted by Dr. C. June Maker. These techniques of such a presentation were refined by the author of the article mentioned above – Robert Lane.
There are very few examples of a Relational presentation as this technique is unconventional and not widely known. We would love to hear your thoughts on this technique. Have you ever made a presentation like this? Attended a presentation that used this format? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!