A Keynote presentation skills video tutorial on using hyperlinks – how to move beyond linear slide shows to something more interactive.

One of the problems with current slideware tools like Keynote and Powerpoint is their encouragement of linear presenting styles.

You start at Slide 1, and finish at Slide N, wherever that may be. You might decide to skip over some slides if time is running out, or your judge your audience can safely ignore Slides 5,7 and 10, for example.

Such linear presenting is very worthwhile for brief and to the point sessions.

But if you are running an all day workshop, or you’d prefer to be much more flexible in your content delivery, and invite your audience to participate in the proceedings, then you’ll need to learn about Hyperlinks.

In the video tutorial aimed more at beginners (but advanced users will enjoy too), I take you through some user cases for hyperlinking, and then show you how to create them.

Please share with your friends, and use the Comments section to provide feedback and suggestions for further video tutorials

5 responses to “A Keynote presentation skills video tutorial on using hyperlinks – how to move beyond linear slide shows to something more interactive.

  1. Hi Les, thank you so much for this presentation on hyperlinks, may I ask which build in you use at 13:36 where the text flies in – I just can’t get it this way.
    Thanks for your great work

    • Thanks for your praise, Luc.

      This effect was a Transition between slides, using Object Zoom, for 5 seconds. The transition takes out the “12 multimedia principles” on the first slide, and the second slide has no builds – just the 3 x 4 grid.

      For an even cooler effect, where the 12 individual items come in the reverse way (i.e. appearing to drop onto the screen, large to small), have a dissolve between the slides, then build in each of the 12 with a Scale Big for each item, delay of 0.3 after build 1. You can also do the same with the Pop build for each item. then play with build order timings.

  2. Thank you so much !
    Looking out for your next post,
    Regards from Italy

  3. Could you explain more how you animated the text from the page at 17:20? You mentioned it’s a screenshot but could you expound on that? Thanks.

    • Hi Jonathan. I wanted to create a “pop” effect as if the words bounced back and forth. Given I was starting with a pdf of a book page, I imported it into a KEYNOTE Slide, because in this case I wanted the audience to see it was literally a page out of Mayer’s book. I then took a screenshot of the words I wanted to pop, drawing a marquee around the words, and then pasting them on top of the actual page. That element then become a build. In this case, highlight the element, and then under “Animate”, select Action, select “Pop”, and in this case I choose it Duration: 2.5 secs, and Scale: 132%.
      I applied the same animation to the second build (Integrated Presentation) by copying it from the first (Keynote Menu -> Format -> Copy animation -> Select second element -> Paste Animation.

      Hope this assists, Les

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