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4 new tricks for long-Distance training

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Thanks to flashy new tools, you can compose and distribute business slide shows online in novel ways.

You may have heard about Google’s new web-based presentation tool, where several collaborators can work on a slide deck simultaneously in real time (docs.google.com). Here are other ways to give your bullet-point training more impact:

1. Podcast a presentation with ProfCast (www.profcast.com). How it works: Drag the presentation to the ProfCast application icon and deliver the talk live into a microphone. ProfCast syncs slides with the audio. Then it saves files for playback on PCs, Macs and iPods. Drawback: It doesn’t record video. Price: $60.

2. Run free web conferences with Dimdim (www.dimdim.com). How it works: You don’t need to install anything to get a web conference with audio, chat and video. You also can track what you’ve presented to customers.

3. Put video alongside a presentation with Zentation. The free tool lets online viewers simultaneously watch your slides and a video of you referencing them. Simply videotape the presentation and upload it. Then post the work on Zentation.com.

Drawback: Synchronizing the video with the changing slides needs to be done manually. Price: Free, but keeping a presentation private costs money.

4. Set up a basic web presentation with Spresent (www.spresent.com). How it works: Say colleagues in remote offices need to view slides during a conference call. This software allows you to do that, without setting up a web conference or e-mail presentation. Price: Web version is free. Desktop version costs $30.

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