Take your next presentation to the next level

We’re getting into advanced territory here for presentations, but if you have the time and the inclination, a great soundtrack will lift your presentation and show your audience that you really want to impress them. They may not even notice what is different about your presentation, but it will make an impact. Here are five tips for ensuring that impact is a positive one:

  1. Think about how you want your audience to feel when they watch your presentation. Music can be highly emotive, so ensure the soundtrack you choose is in line with your presentation goals.
  2. Choose music that doesn’t compete with your voiceover. Classical music or mild acoustic numbers should be fine, but you can get more adventurous if you like, depending on your presentation and your audience.
  3. Avoid cheesy digital sounds. Find good quality files that sound like real music. Some great resources include iStock audio, Marmoset and Tunefruit.
  4. Ensure you have a licence to use the soundtrack you’ve chosen. Selecting files from libraries such as those above means you won’t have to worry about this, but if you want to use a great song by your favourite band, beware. Unless you are only sharing the presentation with your closest family and friends, you could get yourself into all sorts of trouble.
  5. I’m going to sound like a nanna and say keep the volume down. Just remember the soundtrack is there as a support, and shouldn’t distract from what you’re trying to say.

Try adding music to your next presentation, and have everyone talking for all the right reasons.

Written by Carolyn Tate  |  3 April 2020