Wednesday, May 21, 2014

4 finds to streamline your public speaking and presenting

Presentations (most of the time) involve technology and tech headaches to match. But what if I told you that new tech tools are making it possible for you to juggle fewer devices and types of software for your next presentation? That's the case with this quartet of apps and devices, which combine multimedia features with easy-to-use efficiency. I'll be revising my prep, delivery and followup for presentations now that these tools are available:
  1. Unwhiteboard: You're probably already taking pictures with your smartphone to capture whiteboard musings from meetings. Now Unwhiteboard cleans up those photos for you when you send them to a specific email address. No software or editing on your part! You get a cleaned-up PDF in return.
  2. VideoStream for Google Chromecast: The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player itself is handy: For less than $30, you can plug it into any TV with an HDMI port and stream video programming. Now, even better for presenters, Chrome app VideoStream allows you to do the same but with your own videos and audio in nearly every file format. Or connect to the Chromecast and browse your computer for online videos to present. No projectors needed.
  3. Sending a big slide deck via email and PDF is no guarantee that your recipient will do more than hit "delete." Add value with, which lets you upload a slide deck or document (in many formats), then add audio or video to create narration. Tell the viewer why it's important for them, or just add a voiceover. A bonus: Your slides then can be easily embedded or shared by others.
  4. Evernote's Presentation Mode: Once available only for Mac users, Evernote has now expanded this feature across many platforms for its Premium users. This means you can project any Evernote note on a screen (and use your Evernote smartphone app as the remote). You maneuver with the space bar and get a built-in "laser pointer" that works via your mouse. Lots to explore with this new feature, which might mean toting fewer presentation tools and using fewer types of software. Evernote supports all kinds of formats from text to video, and is free. Even better, when you sign up using my link, you'll get a free month of Evernote Premium to try out. See the new feature in action in the video below:

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