I am overwhelmed with emails at work. I kept a daily total for a week and calculated the average for just one week and am shocked with the actual numbers. The daily average of emails to me 273, emails where I am copied 307, and emails where I am blind copied 7. I know I am missing information due to information fatigue. If this is happening to me, it must be happening to those down stream in my organization as well. That prompted me to look at new ways to craft messages to capture the attention of the reader in short concise messages. If the audience reads the message the first time this increases my productivity by eliminating the number of times I have to repeat information. I found Powtoon.
Powtoon is a presentation software allowing the user to create animated presentations using a library of templates and audio files. You can add voice over, add video, or just go with the simple text. It took 4 minutes to build this Adam Intro.
I am pleased to report 100% of my staff played the video and I have not had a single person ask for the “new guy’s” contact information. They have all reached out to him and are working directly with him. Mission accomplished.
How would I use this in the future? I could see this a replacement to bullet point training slides as well as introductions for meetings. I see tremendous use for this in the classroom both for teachers and students. I would love to turn a group of students free with Powtoon to capture and explain a concept.