Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2 more high-tech tools for speakers

The new year seems full of innovations that you can turn to your advantage as a speaker. This week, I shared an electronic way to nudge yourself to practice speaking. Here are two more high-tech tools for you to try:
  • Create your own flash cards online on, to help you memorize important points before your next speech--whether you have a specific set of points to express, a series of facts, or your own brainstormed list of tough questions you may get, along with the right answers. You can choose to work with popular lists of facts to memorize already loaded on the site, or create your own. Great as a practice tool if you have particular points you want to reel off without checking notes.
  • Globe-trot as a paperless speaker: Readers of this blog know I'm a fan of using the Amazon Kindle instead of carrying paper or notes when I speak from a text--there's no shuffling noise, no dropped pages and all the advantages of portability and even a variety of type sizes, and you can email your Word or PDF documents to the device. This week, Amazon announced that the larger-format Kindle DX, with a bigger display screen, now offers global wireless, so you can travel the world and download books and documents--including your speeches. As Kindles hold hundreds of documents, this is especially useful for speakers with heavy travel schedules and lots of speeches--in draft or final form--to tote with them. Since you can mark or clip pages, sections and whole documents, and add notes, it's really a full-service speaker tool.

Buy the Kindle DX

Related posts: Testing the Kindle on the lectern

New Kindle offers more features for speakers