Six of the Best Laptops for Presenters

Presentation Guru

Despite the growing use of mobile devices, many people still prefer using a laptop for giving their presentations. However, using a laptop nowadays doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to carry a rock on your shoulder.

"Searching" - Extreme Crime Thriller Via Smartphones, Laptops

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In the film released last month - "Searching" - the father of a missing teenager relies on what is in smartphones and laptops. In the "Law & Order" programming, the detectives use law enforcement databases to help get their man - or woman.

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HP Laptop - The Universe Was Not Smiling on Me

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, it was inevitable that my new HP laptop would be nightmareville from the get-go. I had a hunch the laptop needed more memory. I have low expectations of new purchases. Sometimes the universe will smile on me as when I purchased a new GM car after mine had been stolen.

Step away from the laptop

Speak Schmeak

Since we've been talking about coming out from behind the lectern , let's talk about coming out from behind the computer. PowerPoint users are frequently seen standing in one place, pushing a button on their computer to advance their slides.

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Facebook - No longer can we laptop users block ads

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That will apply to us laptop users who access Facebook. There's that old adage:  There is no free lunch. It has decided that if we are using ad blockers on that free service, it will enable its advertisers to bypass that technology.

Laptops bound for Haiti

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those no-frills low-cost laptops created by MIT Media Lab head Nicholas Negroponte will be on the way to Haiti.    They will be used, reports  Stephanie Murg on, by "aid and reconstruction groups" helping the earthquake victims.

Baby Boomer Writers: Have Laptop, Can Relocate Overseas

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Among the bids for a 3,000 word article on a topic associated with aging was one for $50.  Yes, that's $50.  Not even $500. This particular Baby Boomer writer indicated she was willing also to do three more for another $50 each.

Have iPhone, Laptop: Can step away from my desk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  On the way to the Hospital, in the waiting room, and when sitting amidst the high-tech medical devices, I manned my smartphone and laptop.  When I return to Yale Hospital next Friday, you bet, I will be lugging the iPhone and the laptop

Public Speaking : LapTop Volume

Great Public Speaking

More and more people are playing multimedia clips through their laptops. Purchase a tiny headphone volume control (Radio Shack) and plug it into the output of your laptop. You can then adjust the volume of your multimedia clip quickly without the need to use the internal volume controls of the laptop which is usually a little bit of a hassle Here's a quick way to handle the volume when you do not have a sound person in the room.

PowerPoint Tip: Wide screen laptops

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Almost every laptop sold today is a wide screen model. In PowerPoint, you can set the Slide Show Resolution to be different than the regular resolution that your laptop normally uses. So how does it look on my laptop screen? Either your laptop screen will show a horizontally stretched version of your slides, or it will show a display that has black bars on each side and is not stretched.

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Keep your screen alive during presentations to avoid embarrassing hibernation mode

PowerPoint Tips

Have you ever started a presentation, gotten into a discussion with your audience, and found that your laptop went into hibernation because you stopped moving the mouse? This little program simulates jiggling the mouse, so your laptop doesn’t go to sleep. Do you find yourself jiggling the mouse to avoid your laptop going into hibernation? Delivery hibernation laptop mouse sleep mode

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

Laptop computer. Laptop power cable. Tags: Preparation PowerPoint public speaking Keynote Business Business Services Microsoft PowerPoint Education and Training Public Speaker Communications Banana Checklist Universal Serial Bus Notebooks and Laptops Contact lens As public speakers, we should be focused on our audience and the material. The last thing we want is to be distracted because we’ve overlooked a logistical detail.

Looking Forward to Research/Anecdotes about Lost Productivity - Banned Laptops

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Say, I am the typical professional dependent on my laptop for most work-related tasks and recognize how risky it is to allow that laptop to be part of checked baggage. Meanwhile, as I struggle with long form on the iPhone I worry if my suitcase containing the laptop will be lost.

iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface - Laptops Symbol Of Non-Distruptive Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Soon enough - and in disruptive circles, already - flipping open a laptop will brand us as Yesterday. Like all disruptions this shift from laptop to mobile gadget will have its winners and losers.

Barnes & Noble - Should it also pull plug on laptop users, non-paying magazine readers?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  They are banning laptops.  That doubts skyrocketed Sunday when I had to kill three hours while Best Buy geeks prepped my new laptop and transferred files.    Four tables were shut down by those with, yeah, laptops. I always had my profit doubts about the genteel practice of turning coffee shops and book stores into those Third Places - that is, where folks could just hang.    Now so do some of those Third Places in New York. 

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Zoom Meetings: Prevent BATS IN THE CAVE with 2 simple tips

More than PowerPoint...

If you don’t know what I mean by BATS IN THE CAVE — it’s when someone is using the camera on their laptop and I can look straight up their nose during the meeting. Raise your laptop up so your eyes are level with the camera.

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Equipment for Speakers

PowerPoint Tips

Laptop stand. I’m writing this during the Coronavirus pandemic and I just heard that webcams are on backorder. That’s because so many more people are presenting and attending meetings from home.

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Presentation Tidbits - Projector Connection and Selection

PPT - Powerful Presentation Techniques

The first gives an excellent reminder in 6 easy steps on how to connect a laptop to your projector and the other gives 3 questions to ask when choosing a projector to purchase. Tags: PowerPoint Tools Presentation Technology Projectors choosing a LCD projector connecting a projector to your laptop I apologize for not posting for a couple of weeks. I took a vacation away from the computer, blogging and any other responsibilities.

NY Times: Smartphones Should Know Their Place at Work

Matt Eventoff

If you like taking notes on your laptop, keep in mind that it can be a barrier between you and others. The screen often blocks part of the other person’s body or face,” Mr. Eventoff says. That’s why I think a tablet or phone is actually the better way to take notes….” Read More.

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Presentation tips for PowerPoint

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Electronic copy in a few formats – so you can connect to another laptop should the need be required. Laptop and power supply – even if you know they are supplying equipment, rather have it there as a backup. Finally two pointers for running the actual presentation: Don’t run the laptop off batteries (no matter how fresh). This is an extract of a training session that I present “Putting the POWER back into PowerPoint”. Nowadays, many of us use PowerPoint for our presentations.

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Do you backup?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

I just read an email about an author from Port Elizabeth who has lost over 200 pages from a book that she is busy writing after her laptop was stolen. These are over 200 pages of the only draft! While I feel sorry for her, I hear this kind of story almost every week. How simple is it to really backup your files? I am sure that right now, she is thinking that perhaps she should back up on a more regular basis.

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Presenter View; a quick tip

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

If you setup Presenter View, you can see a great summary of your presentation on your laptop screen, and show the regular presentation on the projector screen. Here is a quick tip to make your PowerPoint presentations a little more effective.

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Try the Turkey Tail Technique in your next Zoom Meeting

More than PowerPoint...

Stick the post it notes across your laptop or monitor. You need to maintain eye contact with a reporter or interviewer during an on-camera appearance. And yet, you need to cover your main talking points. And stick to an agenda and stay on time.

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Presenting with an iPad

The Presenter's Blog

You no longer take your laptop to a picnic if you want to play music; you take your MP3 player instead. An iPad is an oversized iPod, without the functionality of a laptop. Presenting from an iPad is a different experience from using a laptop.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Presentation Skills for Virtual Delivery

DeFinis Communications

Camera: If you have a decent quality camera built into your laptop, you are ahead of the game. On the surface, acting in a blockbuster movie and delivering a virtual presentation may appear to having nothing in common, aside from the fact that they both use a “screen” as their modus operandi.

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11 Tips: When Technology Comes to Work

Matt Eventoff

3 Smartphones are not always associated with work – Fairly or unfairly, tablets and iPhones are often associated with activities such as texting and other non-work activities (unlike laptops). Technology in the workplace has certainly become a proverbial “double-edged sword.”

5 of the Best Hardware Options for Interactive Display Solutions

Presentation Guru

In recent years we have seen an increase in the range of touchscreen laptops, desktops and display systems available and, as we seek to find ever more innovative approaches to our presentations, be prepared to see a rise in interactive touchscreen displays and experiences.…

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How to handle a texting audience

Speaking about Presenting

People can now take notes on their phones and laptops, or they may have a game on their cellphone which is equivalent to doodling. So the first point is that people who appear to be fully-engaged with their cellphones and laptops may still be paying attention to you.

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Which presenter remote do you recommend?

PowerPoint Tips

If you presenter from a laptop, you probably have — or should have — a remote, so that you don’t have to be tied to your laptop to forward the slides.

How to use your remote to switch to another presentation in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010

PowerPoint Tips

This means that you need to go to your laptop, move your cursor onto the shape, and click. What if you’re not close to your laptop and are using a remote to go from slide to slide?

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Tech Habits Can Crush Careers: 10 Steps to Take Today

Matt Eventoff

While this post is not a definitive guide by any means, but these 11 tips will help to safely navigate the new workplace, and avoid situations that put a lot of people in bad positions each and every day: #1 Smartphones are not always associated with work – Fairly or unfairly, tablets and iPhones are often associated with activities such as texting and other non-work activities (unlike laptops).

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Closed Captioning with Google Slides provides CC for live presentations

More than PowerPoint...

This was a one-take video that I filmed on my laptop, at home, with a laptop mike. In an attempt to make live presentations more accessible, I first used Closed Captioning in Google Slides for a presentation I gave around a year ago.

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Executive Communication Skills: Tech Habits

Matt Eventoff

While this post is not a definitive guide by any means, but these 11 tips will help to safely navigate the new workplace, and avoid situations that put a lot of people in bad positions each and every day: #1 Smartphones are not always associated with work – Fairly or unfairly, tablets and iPhones are often associated with activities such as texting and other non-work activities (unlike laptops).

How can I help?

Speak Schmeak

Especially from afar, from my living room, from my laptop? You don't need any advice from me on hand-washing or social distancing. I'm not going to share "how The LisaB Company is responding to COVID-19." Pretty sure you don't care. ??

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Prepare Your Speaker’s Toolbox

DeFinis Communications

If for any reason you don’t have access to your laptop you will still be able to give the presentation. If you are running your laptop on battery power, make sure you have an extra one.

Analogy: emotionally powering your sales logic

The Presenter's Blog

Example: If this laptop were a car, it would be a Cadillac. In the case of a laptop computer and a Cadillac, there could be any number of correspondences such as build-quality and performance for example. by Peter Watts.

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Ethics of Advertising

The Communication Blog

a question was raised about the ethics of laptops being positioned in front of television newscasters if they are there to convey the impression of being up-to-the-minute (but not for actual use). The sender—the wearer of the designer’s clothes or the laptop user—may not think advertising and so one can say from that point of view that there is no advertising. In a recent article of The Ethicist in the NYTimes ( [link]. )

Jon Favreau and the Glamour of Speechwriting

The Speechwriter

He supposedly spent five weeks hanging out in Starbucks in Washington with his laptop drinking espresso cofeee and Red Bull while putting together the inaugural address. It's been quite entertaining reading about Jon Favreau and his speechwriting habits. That's pretty

Held up? Time to resource a presentation web library

The Presenter's Blog

Take a look at TED and you’ll find people using laptops, tablets, and phones in new ways to help them tell their stories. Technology used well can bring extra impact to your presentation.

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Show the current time on your PowerPoint slides

PowerPoint Tips

But in front of you is your laptop and it shows the slide. Let’s say that you’re running a meeting and want to keep everyone on track so that the meeting ends on time. These days, fewer people wear watches. (My

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A remote control can set your presentations free!

Presentation Zen

Today we still see too many business people, academics, and students, stuck behind lecterns with their eyes fixed on their laptops as they try to make their case, report their findings, or pitch their ideas. A good remote allows you to get away from the lectern and your laptop.

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Product Review: Anoto penPresenter

Beyond Bullet Points

It’s about the size of a quarter, which helps mobile presenters using a laptop. Small dongle that won’t stick out of laptops.

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Facebook - No longer just the Happy Valley of Likes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

On a laptop, if you hover the mouse over the Like button, the other options pop up. Well, the "Dislike" button many of us have been waiting for isn't happening on Facebook. At least not right now.

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