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The best visual learning apps for public speaking

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A picture is worth...

A picture is priceless if it means the rapt and undivided attention of your audience. As my Great Aunt Esmeralda tells me "That blasted internet is a tool of the devil." (in some ways she's absolutely correct. (cough. 4chan. cough.cough.)  While it's true that there's an increase in the 'seeing is believing' mentality, verbal story telling isn't dead. It's just changed. These days there's an upswing in visual thinking/visual learning software.

You: But we've always had visual learning presentation platforms! PowerPoint duh.

Me: Yes I know but these are different. 

You: I'll believe it when I see it. 

Me: Exactly! Which is why there are videos posted below.  

Maybe it doesn't have to be one or the other. You can have the best of both worlds using your words AND your images to tell your story. Employing visual learning strategies are a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. Easily explain complex or potentially confusing information with images that allows the audience to use both sides of their wonderful brains to pay attention.

Let's face it... some ideas are best explained with pictures. 

Whiteboard videos, live time polls, instant audience feedback, and animated sketching are taking visual learning for public speaking to the next level. Visual learning. It's a thing. Here's how to do it WELL. Here are some amazing visual learning apps for public speaking:

 

Sparkol makes tools to engage your audience.

The brilliant minds at Sparkol never cease to amaze. Bringing visual storytelling to life, their amazing software is like nothing you’ve seen before. Creators of Tawe and VideoScribe (featured below) Sparkol allows you to take your public speaking to new levels! Visual learning for the win!

Sparkol truly designs tools that gets your message heard. From marketing videos to school lessons, key presentations to HR training, explainer videos to flipped classrooms, or even social media. The possibilities are extraordinary! Not only do they make killer presentation software but they have a SWEET blog to help you with your presentations and inspire your inner story teller. You really should give them a read... or twenty. I do. Read below to see two unbelievably amazing tools you can use for extreme public speaking (not an official sport. should be.)

Tawe is effortless.

Tawe transforms a single image into a stunning presentation or video. Perfect for explaining diagrams, sketches and doodled notes. Make it an HD video with voiceover and share online. The Tawe app allows you to do this for just a single person or a crowd. If you have a photo of your sketch, just upload and select the points you wish to animate. Quickly and easily create an entire presentation from a simple image.

VideoScribe
 
Whiteboard videos are amazing. They’re mesmerizing and engaging.And they work. Research shows that they get remembered, shared and recommended more – and lead to more sales – than other forms of video.Ever wonder how to make one?

With VideoScribe it’s easy. Simply add images and text to the canvas and watch VideoScribe magically turn them into a powerful animated video. Pick an original soundtrack or record your own voiceover to add another dimension to your animation.

 

 
 

Turn presentations into conversations

Share a link to present to anyone, anywhere, on any device, and let them talk back to you too. Turn your PDF into an interactive live presentation to anyone, anywhere, on any device. Control your slides and interact with live polls and questions.

With Swipe, your presentation ends up where your students are looking: on their devices, in their hands. Ask questions with polls to see what they know and want to know to guide the pace of your lectures. Swipe promotes a more engaged and smarter classroom, whether physical or online. It’s as easy as sharing a link.

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Vittle by Qrayon

If you like to sketch directly on your tablet, Vittle is totally worth your while. It lets you capture and animate as you draw. Use the app’s zoom feature to focus on a specific item you’re drawing or zoom out for a view of your entire sketch. Add narration to your sketch by recording your voice as the sketch plays. A useful teaching aid that allows your audience to use visual thinking to "hear" our stories with their eyes.

We'll let them explain why visual learning is on the rise with the video below...

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