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Understanding User Interactivity
Another name for a self-running presentation is a kiosk presentation. This name comes from the fact that many
self-running informational presentations are located in little buildings, or kiosks, in public areas such as malls and
convention centers.
Understanding User Interactivity
Letting the audience take control can be scary. If you aren’t forcing people to go at a cer-
tain pace and view all the slides, what’s to guarantee that they don’t skim through quickly
or quit halfway through?
Well, there are no guarantees. Even in a show with a live speaker, though, you can’t con-
trol whether or not people pay attention. The best you can do is put together a compelling
presentation and hope that people want to view it. The same applies to a user-interactive
presentation. People are either going to watch and absorb it or they’re not. There’s no
point in treating the audience like children. On the contrary, they will likely respond
much better if you give them the options and let them decide what content they need.
Navigational controls are the main thing that separates user-interactive presentations from
normal ones. You have to provide an idiot-proof way for people to move from slide to slide.
Okay, technically, yes, they could use the same navigational controls that you use when
presenting a show (see Chapter 18, “Preparing for a Live Presentation”), but those controls
aren’t always obvious. Moving forward is a no-brainer (click the mouse), but what about
moving backward? Would you have guessed P for Previous if you hadn’t already known?
Probably not. And what if they want to end the show early? The fi rst half of this chapter
shows you various techniques for creating navigational controls.
Here are some ideas for ways to use navigational controls:
Web resource listings. Include a slide that lists websites that users can visit for
more information about various topics covered in your presentation. You can also
include cross-references to those sites throughout the presentation at the bottom of
pertinent slides.
Product information. Create a basic presentation that describes your products,
with For More Information buttons for each product. Then create hidden slides with
the detailed information about each product and hyperlink those slides to the For
More Information buttons. Don’t forget to put a Return button on each hidden slide
so that users can easily return to the main presentation.
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