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How to Make an Interactive PowerPoint with AhaSlides

How to Make an Interactive PowerPoint for Free (and in just 4 Steps!)

Lawrence Haywood 20 Oct 2021 4 min read

Making a presentation exciting is a science, and science speaks volumes.

In several experiments, Salescrunch found that while the average engagement level for a presentation is 78%, that can be increased to a whopping 92% with audience interaction.

The problem? Somehow, PowerPoint are yet to realise that. Its handful of interactive tools are limited almost entirely to its app integrations, which cost money and require downloads.

What if I told you that there’s a way to make an interactive PowerPoint without downloads and for 100% free?

PowerPoint to Interactive PowerPoint

That way is AhaSlides. AhaSlides is a free online tool that helps presenters get more engagement from their audiences. In the simplest terms – it’s like PowerPoint, but interactive.

You can import your PowerPoint presentation in one go to AhaSlides. After that, fit it with interactive slides in which your audience can contribute to opinion polls, word clouds, brainstorming sessions, and even a live quiz!

Here’s how it works…

How to Make an Interactive PowerPoint

Signing up to AhaSlides

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Import your PowerPoint

On a new presentation, click the 'Import' button to upload a PDF, PPT or PPTX file. Once uploaded, your presentation will be separated into its slides in the left column.

How to make an interactive presentation with the import feature on AhaSlides.
Embedding interactive slides into an interactive PowerPoint presentation using AhaSlides.

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Add Interactive Slides

Create an interactive slide in your PowerPoint presentation. Place a poll, word cloud, Q&A, quiz, or any of the 11 interactive slide types into your presentation when you want interaction.

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Present!

Press the 'Present' button and take your audience through your presentation. Your audience join your presentation on their phones and submit their answers to your interactive slides.

Presenting an interactive presentation to an audience.

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5 Tips for Making a Great Interactive Powerpoint

Tip #1 – Use an Ice Breaker

All meetings, virtual or otherwise, could do with a quick activity or two to break the ice. This could be a simple question or a minigame before the real meat of the meeting gets underway.

Here’s one for you. If you’re presenting to an online audience from all over the world, use a word cloud slide to ask them ‘How do you say hi in your native language?’. When audience respond, the most popular answers will appear larger.

A word cloud of different ways to say hi in audience members' native languages.

💡 Want more Ice Breakers? You’ll find a whole bunch of free ones right here!

Tip #2 – End with a Mini-Quiz

There’s nothing that does more for engagement than a quiz. Quizzes are greatly underused in presentations; flip the script to raise engagement.

A quick 5 to 10-question quiz can work at the end of a section to test what your audience has just learned, or as a fun sign-off at the end of your interactive PowerPoint presentation.

Using a pick answer slide type in a quiz on AhaSlides
A quiz on AhaSlides with live audience participation.

On AhaSlides, quizzes work the same way as other interactive slides. Ask a question and your audience compete for points by answering fastest on their phones.

Tip #3 – Try Variety

Let’s face facts. Most presentations, through lack of creative thinking, follow the exact same structure. It’s a structure that bores us senseless (it even has a name – Death by PowerPoint) and it’s one that could really use a kick of variety.

There are currently 11 interactive slide types on AhaSlides. Presenters looking to avoid the dreaded monotony of the standard presentation structure can poll their audience, ask an open-ended question, gather ordinal scale ratings, ellicit popular ideas in a brainstorm, visualise data in a word cloud and so much more.

Check out how a variety of interactive slides could work for your presentation. Click below to dive into an interactive presentation on AhaSlides 👇

Tip #4 – Space it Out

While there’s certainly a lot more room for interactivity in presentations, we all know what they say about having too much of a good thing…

Don’t overload your audience by asking for participation on every slide. Audience interaction should just be used to keep engagement high, ears pricked up, and information at the forefront of your audience members’ minds.

Spacing out the audience participation slides in an interactive PowerPoint presentation made on AhaSlides.

With that in mind, you might find that 3 or 4 content slides to each interactive slide is the perfect ratio for maximum attention.

Tip #5 – Allow Anonymity

Have you ever wondered why you’re getting muted reactions even with a premium presentation? Part of the social psychology of crowds is the general unwillingness, even amongst confident participants, to speak up in front of others on a whim.

Allowing audience members to anonymously respond to your questions and suggest their own can be a great remedy for that. Just by giving your audience the option to provide their names, you’ll likely receive a higher level of engagement from all types of personalities in the audience, not just the introverts.

Allowing audience members to submit questions anonymously during an interactive PowerPoint.

Need some Ideas for your Interactive PowerPoint?

With the power of interactivity in your hands, it’s not always easy to know what to do with it.

Luckily, signing up to AhaSlides comes with unlimited access to the template library. This is a library of instantly downloadable presentations chock full of ideas for engaging your audience in an interactive PowerPoint.

AhaSlides template library

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