My 2015 holiday speaker gift list is here!

Speak Schmeak

For off-camera recordings, like webinars and teleseminars, I use a big ol'' USB headset like this one. In that case, check out a desktop USB microphone like this one. I love my portable 4-port USB hub , and it is a permanent part of my speaking bag of tricks.

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Guest Posting: The 5 Best Alternatives to Powerpoint by Joanne Westley

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Will the computer read your USB stick? Joanne Westley is a senior manager in the supply chain of the UK’s Jansen Display. In her spare time Joanne likes to go mountain biking as well as hiking in the Lake District. Presentations are stressful, and PowerPoint can make them even more so. Will the version of [.]. Business Communication Public Speaking Technology Jansen Display Joanne Westley

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Holiday gift list for speakers!

Speak Schmeak

I love my portable 4-port USB hub ( similar to this one ), and it is a permanent part of my speaking bag of tricks. I never know when I''ll need more ports (for example, ports on the host''s computer are too close together for more than one of my USB drives to fit).

When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

Manner of Speaking

Now, if you’ve prepared thoroughly and gone through your public speaker’s checklist carefully, you’l probably have a back-up of your slide presentation on a USB stick and there’s probably a decent chance that you will be able to use another computer.

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slideboxx updates their software for finding and reusing slides

PowerPoint Tips

Or install it on a USB drive and use with other computers. slideboxx by Zinali has updated their software (now version 2.1) that helps you find and reuse slides. I’ve reviewed this software previously. Here are the new changes: It’s faster: slideboxx 2.1 is up to 3x faster for building your library and displaying slides. It’s network-friendly: If your library is taking up too much space, you can install it on another drive instead.

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Review of the Targus wireless remote/laser pointer

PowerPoint Tips

You just plug the USB adapter into your laptop and it works. Targus wireless remote. I use this inexpensive remote because it’s very simple. It’s small so your audience will hardly notice it and it fits easily in the palm of your hand.

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PowerPoint Tip: Equipment to carry when presenting

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

It is powered from a USB port, so there are no power cords to carry. The USB dongle for the computer magnetically sticks to the bottom of the mouse and is protected when the mouse is flipped close. I was speaking at the CSAE Trillium Chapter Winter Summit last Friday. I brought a lot of cables and equipment because I was doing a live demonstration of how you can create a video for your web site using visuals you create in PowerPoint.

Why you need to take every speaking opportunity

Speak Schmeak

I always have my tools in my bag, like my presentation remote, my VGA-to-USB adapter cable, markers and other items I take to my presentations. I forgot my stuff. I had a workshop Friday morning, and I thought I was ready, but I wasn't.

Presentation Checklists

Professionally Speaking...

neglecting to have a backup copy of the presentation on a USB drive and then finding your computer doesn't work with the room's equipment.

How your smartphone can help you become a better presenter

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

As well as the common wireless USB remote controllers for PowerPoint and Keynote, there are a number of smartphone apps that claim to allow the presenter to control their slides wirelessly via Bluetooth. With Christmas just passed, and smartphones and tablets reported as the most popular presents, I thought it might be helpful to think about how these technological marvels can help become a better presenter. 1) Recording your presentations.

13 Speaking Lessons in 30 Days

Speak and Deliver

If possible, have a USB backup. The five weeks between Oct 21 and Nov 24 were the busiest speaking weeks I''ve had since working for the student travel company, Ambassador Programs, a few years back.

Presentation Tip: Be prepared: VGA is going away

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

While there are USB to HDMI adapters, the USB speed will likely make any videos in your presentation not run smoothly. For many years presenters have walked into a room and connected their laptop to the projector using a VGA cable. All that will change in the next two years. The VGA port is being phased out by computer manufacturers. In this article I want to suggest what presenters can do now to prepare for this change. Why are computer manufacturers making this change?

5 last-minute gifts for speakers

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Speech notes go in there, along with a back up DVD or USB drive of your slides and video, as well as that check the meeting planner gives you for a job well done. Is someone in your life a public speaker, and does that make the gift-giving a challenge?    And have you perhaps procrastinated?    Here are 5 items no speaker should be without – as well as the public speaking justification for them. 

A tool I can't live without

Speak Schmeak

It's my 4-port retractable USB hub , and let me tell you how it came into my life. In February, I scoped out a venue the day before a speaking engagement and discovered that their computer only had two USB ports, while I needed three.


Magic flip chart

Speak Schmeak

As you draw, the camera records the pen tip's position and sends it to the Bluetooth USB key plugged into the computer. It was easy to install on my computer, and once the USB key and pen are paired, starting up the program and beginning to write is very quick.


Presentation Tip: Choose a boring font

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In a typical corporate setting, we are having to e-mail our presentations to others or take the presentation on a USB stick to another computer that is used for the presentation. A lot of presentation designers have made comments in the last year or two about what font you should choose for your PowerPoint slides. Almost every designer suggests that you abandon the built-in fonts like Arial or Calibri. They claim that by using a standard font, you won't stand out.

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My Trusted Sidekick: The Yeti Blue Mic

Great Public Speaking

The Yeti is a USB microphone used for professional recording. A USB microphone connects to a computer or a laptop and allows the user to record directly into the computer. If you are in the speaking business you should invest in a high quality USB microphone.

Interacting with your audience using an audience response system

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

There were no wires, just a box of little keypads, each about the size of a pocket calculator and a USB “dongle&# that plugs into you laptop. A- up to 1000 per USB dongle.


20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

I’ve also had good luck with the Kensington 33374 because it only uses the batteries when the USB receiver is plugged into the computer, and when you’re not using it, there’s a secret compartment that pops right back into the presenter so you don’t lose it. It’s got a handy little USB peripheral that stores inside the remote.

Holiday shopping list for your favorite speaker

Speak Schmeak

If you don't want to leave your technology to chance , invest in your own portable Super-Slim Data Projector. ** I take a portable 4-port USB hub like this one to every presentation.

Holiday shopping list for your favorite speaker

Speak Schmeak

If you don't want to leave your technology to chance , invest in your own portable Super-Slim Data Projector. ** I take a portable 4-port USB hub like this one to every presentation.


PowerPoint Tip: Corrupted PowerPoint file

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The problem may have occurred because they are running the file from a USB drive. I always suggest that you copy your presentation from a USB drive to your computer’s hard drive for two reasons. Second, the file can get corrupt if you pull the USB drive out of the computer without properly ejecting it. Many people don’t properly eject USB drives and it can cause major problems. You can carry a copy of the file on a USB drive, on your phone, or on your MP3 player.

How to become a good speaker

PowerPoint Tips

Have a copy of your slides on a USB drive in case your laptop goes south. Part of presenting is delivering your talk; this is called speaking. Many presenters write great content, design excellent slides, but don’t speak well. As a result, they don’t get the results they want.

PowerPoint Tip: Presenting from someone else’s computer

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In my workshops it is common that participants ask about what they need to take into account when they must take their PowerPoint presentation to another computer on a USB drive instead of using a laptop. Files you have hyperlinked to, such as word processor documents, spreadsheets, or PDF documents, will need to be copied on to the USB drive as well since they are never embedded in your PowerPoint file.

PowerPoint Tip: Tools for working with audio or video to include in your PowerPoint presentation

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you are recording an audio track, use a microphone, like a USB headset mic you might use for video chatting with friends. The latest version of PowerPoint (PowerPoint 2010) includes built-in audio and video editing tools that make it almost like a media editing software program. But what about the vast majority of us who don’t have the latest version?

Review: Cloudberry online backups

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Support of external (USB) drives. I have far too many friends that just don’t create backups, and far too many that backup to an external drive that lives next to their computers, which while marginally better is still basically useless.


Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

Someone beat me to it but I was going to recommend toastmansters and the USB key is right on. Web Ink Now Follow me on Twitter Your email address: Powered by FeedBlitz Search this blog WWW THE BEST OF WEB INK NOW Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking The one question to ask your prospective social media agency No blog?

Review: Targus Bluetooth Presentation Remote

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

It was that much more annoying in off-site meetings where table-top space was at a premium and I had to have a USB transmitter sticking out the side of my laptop. No USB dongle. If you’re like me, you probably subscribe to either MacWorld Magazine or Mac Life.


Screens in Your Magazines

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

The battery lasts for 65-70 minutes, and it’s rechargeable via a mini USB cable. For an audiovisual company blog, we don’t run much material about audiovisual technology, because our clients and presenters aren’t really interested in the technical detail of our projectors. But wait for it, here’s something interesting about screens!

PowerPoint Karaoke slides

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

This little device plugs into your USB port on one end, and the projector on the other, and voila, you have a wireless projector! On Monday evening, I ran a PowerPoint Karaoke contest at the Cape Communicators Toastmaster Club.

Flowchart To Oblivion

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

I asked the help desk rep if this also meant that if I wanted to get a USB cable certified, it too would need this Section 508 certification, he said, “yes.&#. Those who know me well know I despise rigid, inflexible thinking and the rigid, inflexible processes that it spawns.

What’s in your speakers bag?

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

USB memory stick with presentation backup. Professional speakers often have a speakers bag that contains all the necessary kit to ensure that their presentations go well.

Video Killed the Presentation Star: Don’t Go Blank On Your Audience

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

AV technicians spend much of their life trying to help presenters who have copied their PPT file across to a USB stick, brought it along to the show, and are wondering where their video or audio clips went.

Observational Humor — Case Study #158

Humor Power

I won’t have any books at the back of the room, but I will be selling coffins with USB Bar Codes for speakers who die with their book still inside them. It has been awhile since I published an Observational Humor monologue. Here’s one I presented at the Las Vegas NSA chapter meeting in October 2017. THE SET-UP. To help you understand the jokes, here is what happened and what was said during the meeting, before the monologue was presented.

PowerPoint Tip: Being prepared for computer failure

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

You have probably been told not to do this with USB flash drives, trust me, heed the warnings. Copy your presentation file and any other linked files or media content onto a USB flash drive. Last month I had an experience that I wish you never have - my computer operating system got corrupted. Of course, this happened a few days before I flew to Los Angeles to do a post-conference workshop at an association conference.

Tip of the Week: Save an Extra Copy on Google Docs

The Speaker Point

If this isn’t enough for you, you can always be paranoid like me, and carry another additional copy of the presentation on a USB drive J Related Articles: Is Prezi Right For You?

Public Speaking: What a Public Speaker Needs to Know About Video Cameras

Great Public Speaking

The Flip is a handheld camera with a built-in microphone, a tripod mount and a flip-out USB arm that plugs directly into your PC or Mac to upload footage to your computer. Fire wire port — A fire wire is much faster than a USB cable for uploading your video to a computer.

Product Review: Papershow

Beyond Bullet Points

The Papershow package consists of a dongle (like a USB stick), pen and pad. Papershow saves all work on the 256MB USB, so you can borrow someone’s computer and not worry about leaving any files behind.

Product Review: Anoto penPresenter

Beyond Bullet Points

But do take care if you remove the dongle from the USB port as it’s easy to lose. The package includes a digital pen, USB dongle for use with PCs that don’t have built-in Bluetooth, ten A4 copy boards, three ink refills, one plastic stylus and one AAA battery.

the speaker's wish list: practice tools

The Eloquent Woman

Flip cameras are lightweight, self-charging, and simple to use--all the software you need to edit, email or post to the web is contained in the camera, and playback on your laptop is made simple by the built-in USB connection.