Slideshare for conference presentations

Your conference slides don’t get a lot of love, do they? You tend to use them to present at conferences, then throw them in a virtual desk drawer and forget about them.

But don’t under-value them. In their initial setting, only your direct audience gets to see them. So let’s begin to think about how you can extend their life and over time, reach a much wider audience. The humble slide may well be a tool to open up your path to collaboration, citation and impact. After all, slides are visual aids that tell important stories about your research. So, why not share them?

Today we’re going to show you how to get your slide decks onto Slideshare so the world can see them.

Complete the Slideshare basics

Slideshare is a popular free slide hosting service that many academics use to share their conference and classroom lecture slides.

First things first: visit Slideshare and hit “signup” in the upper right corner. Next, you can choose to sign up with an email address or with your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.

Choose a handle for your profile that matches your name or your blog or Twitter handle, so it will be easy for others to recognize you across platform.

Next, create a professional profile. If you’ve created your Slideshare account using LinkedIn, some of your personal information from LinkedIn will already be imported. If not, here’s how to edit your profile:

  1. Hover over the person icon in the upper right corner; select “Account Settings” from the the drop-down menu.
  2. Select “Profile Details” from the left-hand navigation bar. Click “Personal Details.”
  3. On the “Personal Details” page, add a photo (the same one you used for your LinkedIn account is perfect), your name, and information about where you work and what drives your research. Link to your website and click “Save”.
  4. On the “Contact Details” page, add links to your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook profiles. Click “Save.”

Now, whenever anyone finds your slide decks on Slideshare, they’ll be able to easily learn more about you and your research, and find you on other sites.

What to upload

You can upload your PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote, and OpenDocument slides. PowerPoint and PDF work the best, however; we’ve occasionally had problems uploading Keynote slides.

If you encounter errors uploading your Keynote or OpenDocument slides, a good workaround is to save your slides in PDF format and then upload them.


Note: If you’re in the practice of using the ‘Notes’ portion of your PowerPoint slide deck to leave reminders to yourself to “cite So-and-so’s 2003 paper here” or to “break down definitions here for beginners,” beware … others who download your slides can read these notes! Double-check your slides and their notes carefully before you upload a presentation to Slideshare.

Make uploading a snap

Next, we’re going to make it super simple for you to share your slides moving forward. To do that, we’ll need to connect your Slideshare account to the cloud storage platforms that your slides tend to live, and set a default license for all the slides you share.

Connect to the Cloud

Do you create your slide decks on your desktop and then add them to Dropbox or Google Drive when they’re ready to present? If you do, you know the advantage of not having to mess around with thumb drives when you’re presenting. Slideshare makes it easy to upload your content if this is your strategy. It connects to these cloud storage services, making it very easy to import your slide decks when they’re ready to share.


To connect your accounts, click the “Upload” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. On the next screen, click the “Upload files from Dropbox…” tile in the lower-left corner of the screen.

In the dialog box that appears, choose the cloud service or email provider you want to connect to. Connect your account, and then connect any other accounts you might use in the future to store your files. When you’re finished, exit from the dialog box and–that’s it! Your accounts are connected from here on out, so it will be very easy to transfer files to Slideshare in the future.

Set a default licence

An intellectual property license applied to your slides gives others a clear idea of what they can and cannot reuse the slides for.

Slideshare allows you to either keep “All Rights Reserved” for your files or select a Creative Commons license. We recommend that you use a Creative Commons license if you’re sharing research slides. Doing so will allow others to blog about your work, cite you, and reuse and share your work in other ways that can increase your impacts.

To set a default license for your slides, hover over the person icon in the upper-right corner, choose “Account Settings,” and then select the “Content” tab from the left-hand navigation bar.

On the “Default License for your Content” drop-down menu, select the license you’d prefer. We recommend a CC-BY license, as it allows the most reuse and sharing of your content.


Got your default license selected and your cloud storage platforms connected? Now let’s share some slides!

Get your slides online

Choose a slide deck that you’re ready to share with the world. To get it onto Slideshare, click “Upload” in the upper right corner, and then find your file on your computer or cloud storage.

As your file begins to upload, you’ll be prompted to describe your file. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Category: Select the category most relevant to your talk. It’s likely the categories aren’t very useful to you; the most granular they get for education research is “Education”. That’s OK – we’ll add better information in the following fields.
  • Title: Keep it the same as the title of your talk, and feel free to add the conference name and date in parenthesis, so others can see in a glance if this presentation is the one they’re looking for.
  • Description: Include your presentation’s abstract in this field. You’ll also want to preface your abstract with a sentence that explains when and where you gave this presentation, and link to the talk’s related publication (if applicable).
  • Tags: List some keywords that others in your discipline might search for. Tags will help your slides’ SEO, making them more discoverable online.

Once you’ve adequately described your slides, go ahead and finish your upload. You’ll be prompted to share your newly uploaded slides on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networks. Do it!

Bonus: If you’ve got a video of your talk, you can add that, too! On your upload confirmation screen, click the “Advanced Settings” link.


On the next screen, click the “Edit YouTube video” tab, add your video’s URL, then select where you want the video to appear in the slide deck. We suggest adding it after your title slide.

Share your slides smartly

Now that you know how to get your slides online, let’s talk about all the ways you can get others’ eyeballs on them.

Some strategies for sharing your slides include:

  • Using the social share buttons after you’ve uploaded your slides to share them on LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social networks.
  • Autotweeting your slides while you’re giving talks at conferences.
  • Blog about your presentation after the fact, and embed your slides in your blog post .
  • Connect Slideshare to LinkedIn, so your slides will be  automatically imported and embedded in places where others might encounter your work.

Dig into slides’ impact statistics

Now that you’ve got slides online and are sharing them, you can track how often they’ve been viewed and, in some cases, how often others are reusing them.

On your slide deck’s page, scroll down to find the “Statistics” tab under the description section, and then click on it. Here you’ll find all the metrics related to others interest in your slides.

Some metrics you might accumulate include:

You can choose to receive email updates for your slides’ stats–we’ll cover that in a future challenge.

  • Views on both Slideshare and other websites
  • Embeds, which can tell you how many times and where others have shared your slides.
  • Downloads, which can tell you if others have liked your slides enough to save them to their device.
  • Comments, which themselves can tell you what others think about your slides.
  • Likes, which as you might guess, can tell you if others like your work.


Slideshare’s usability leaves a bit to be desired, and the amount of emails they send can border on spam. To fix the latter, go to “Account Settings” > “Email” and opt-out of any emails you don’t want to receive.

Slideshare also shares a limitation with social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn – it’s a for-profit company that sells your personal data and clutters your browser with ads. And due to its focus on sharing, the platform doesn’t give much thought to preservation guarantees. So, always make sure your slides are backed up elsewhere.

That’s Slideshare! It’s another tool at your disposal. So start thinking about how you’ll share your slides for maximum visibility after future talks.


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