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. Here is a list of some of the best laptops for presenters to consider.… … Hardware Technology featured presentation technology

"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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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 Mediabistro.com, by "aid and reconstruction groups" helping the earthquake victims.

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. Sure, the majority of Facebook's revenue comes from mobile ads. But, as Recode reports, in just the last quarter, about $1 billion came from desktop. 

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.

Free Agent, Home Office, Laptop In Distress - Boxaid Treated Me Like Big Corporate Client

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I would have preferred to be in denial that my laptop was in distress. I described the peculiar ways the laptop had been acting and my fear that, well, it was dying.  There was something wrong. But from experience I knew that I better find a remote service to diagnose the problem (and maybe even fix it) before the whole thing went kaput. When that happens the remote elves can't connect with you.    But I was in total angst about which remote service to contact.

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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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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.  Clients expect us to be connected in real time all the time everywhere.    On Tuesday, in the ongoing saga of My Left Breast, I had to be at Yale Medical Center for tests. 

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.

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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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. If the suitcase is not lost there is still the risk that the laptop has been damaged. Sure, there are possible scenarios about bombs being built into laptops.

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. Now, I'm wondering: Is Ailes in-touch enough in his 70s to replace laptops at his shop with the iPadPro or Microsoft Surface? Or, the kiss of career death: old. We better get the hang of doing our digital whatever on the iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface.

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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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.

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. So I thought I’d list my recommendations for equipment for speakers, including webcam, lighting, screening, mics, and much more. The links are on Amazon. Note: They are affiliate links.). You can see all of the items in one place here. Lighting.

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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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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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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. So when I give a presentation, I see something like this. Presenter View. You can see which slide you are on, speaker notes, slide number, the next slide, timing etc.

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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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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. It’s good for quick edits on the move, and content delivery, but when it comes to the heavy-lifting of writing your presentation, that remains best done on your laptop. Presenting from an iPad is a different experience from using a laptop.

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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). 6 Laptops – I often present in corporate conference rooms, and often see 8 or more people whip out the laptop to take notes at a medium sized conference table. Technology in the workplace has certainly become a proverbial “double-edged sword.”

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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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.… Do you want to move into the world of interactive displays but don’t know where to begin?

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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. And you don’t want to have wandering or shifty eyes while you’re talking on-camera! What to do, what to do? How can you look at the camera and still keep focused on your main talking points?

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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).

Are you planning for the unexpected?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

In the last month, two people that I know have lost substantial amounts of data that was stored on their laptops. The first was due to a laptop that was stolen at a conference, the second due to a drive failure. Both of them are experienced computer users, and both are educated about the importance of regular data backups. Neither of them was keeping any backups. Because they didn’t think that it would happen to them. They were taking a risk, and not expecting the unexpected.

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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. But a closer look reveals striking similarities between the two. Think about it: They both share common goals, namely to entertain, to educate, to build awareness, to influence, and to persuade.

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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. I use a small Targus presenter remote and I like it very much. I lost it for a while (thankfully, I’ve found it), but I started looking for a new one and realized that my old one is no longer available. I’d love to hear which presenter you use, and why.

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

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? A friend asked me, “How can I link to another presentation and use my remote to get to that presentation?” ” Here’s the problem. You can easily link any shape to another presentation by hyperlinking it.

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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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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. Closed Captioning in Google Slides is easy to use and does a terrific job. All you need is Google Slides, Google Chrome, a live internet connection, and a microphone. That’s it. In the above video, I show you how to activate it.

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Are you prepared for anything?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

And my favourite, laptop and projector refuse to speak to each other. Have a backup copy of your presentation with you (in a separate bag to your laptop). As a speaker, there are many things that can go wrong, and potentially derail your presentation. It is not a case of it something goes wrong, but of when it will go wrong. The difference between a minor incident and a major catastrophe comes down to one simple thing: preparation.

New iPad app useful for speakers

Pivotal Public Speaking

I’ve told you about open-source software that will put a teleprompter on your desktop or laptop. iPad app Prompster is all-in-one speechwriter, recorder & teleprompter. Teleprompters were once the province of conventions and television studios. Now, iPad owners can take the teleprompter with them with new app Prompster. more => [link].

Presentation Tip: Be prepared: VGA is going away

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

For many years presenters have walked into a room and connected their laptop to the projector using a VGA cable. Look at your laptop. Get the correct adapters now and make room in your laptop bag to carry them so you have them when needed. For those using Mac laptops who have been using the Mini DisplayPort adapter to connect to VGA cables, it is time to get the adapter to connect to HDMI cables.

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Today’s book: The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever

Pivotal Public Speaking

Armed with laptops and smartphones, audiences today are no longer sitting quietly taking notes during live presentations. ~ Cliff Atkinson.

Holiday shopping list for your favorite speaker

Speak Schmeak

Unhitch yourself from the laptop with a wireless presentation remote. Now the laptop stays on my desk and the netbook goes with me to presentations. I've updated my annual shopping list again this year to help you find the best gifts for your favorite speaker -- who might just be you!

How to Open a Speech or Presentation

Matt Eventoff

The smartphones are out in force; it is not unusual to see laptops, netbooks or tablets out and being utilized as well; 3) Eyes looking up. The audience is seated. The lights dim and the room quiets. All eyes are on the dais. All too often, this is what is heard to open the speech or presentation: “Hi, thank you for having me. It is an honor to be hear with you today. My name is _ _, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.&#.