When you send an important business contact an e-mail with a PowerPoint presentation attached, you might get a reply saying, “I couldn’t get the file to open on my computer.” The fact is many individuals don’t own PowerPoint. In scenarios such as these, your best option is to use an online service to convert your presentation into something anyone can see.
Here are some ways you can share your business presentations without PowerPoint:
- SlideShare is the first service to popularize sharing slides online and allows you to publish your slides for anyone to see, comment on, and share themselves. Additionally, it allows you to embed your presentation in a webpage. One great thing about this service is that you don’t need an account to try it out. When SlideShare is done converting your slides, you’ll have a special web address just for this presentation. From there, visitors can flip through your slides in a scaled-down view. Or, they can switch to full screen mode and see it just as they would in PowerPoint.
- Embed in Your Website. From your presentation’s page, you can grab the necessary code to embed your slides on your website. Look for the shaded box on the right side (contains some information about your slides). When clicked, the text box highlights the entire contents, which is the code you’ll need to copy then paste into your website.
- Upload to Google. The Google Docs suite has a service to convert PowerPoint presentations to its own online format. One advantage to using the presentation service in Google Docs is that it also has an editor. You can make changes to the text or graphics using the controls above the slides or you can create entire new presentations from within the editor.