Step Away From the Podium!

Step away from the podium…the lectern… the computer! Back away slowly and engage your audience.

lectureEngaging instructors and trainers are typically those that break the leash that binds them to the podium. Many presenters remain in the 2-foot radius that surrounds the podium as if an electric fence traps them. But how do you break this poor habit and still control your content?

A simple solution is to use a presentation clicker to advance your PowerPoint and Keynote slides. A USB dongle (yes, that awesome, non-made-up tech word that makes us giggle) plugs into the computer and receives information from the remote to advance the slides.

But what if, you’re like me, and need the visual cues to help guide your oral presentation? There are many tools out there to help! Many work with a mobile device such as smart phone or tablet and connect to your computer via a Wireless Internet connection. The result is that you can walk around the room with your presentation on your mobile device, and as you make changes or advance the slides, the application signals your computer to do so as well.

Voila, like magic, you get your freedom of movement back and can fully engage your audience!

There are many products out there that “remotely” connects computers to mobile devices. Doing a search on “wireless presentation systems” yields a plethora of results.

I personally prefer Doceri, which is an application that can be installed on both your computer and mobile device and then a code is inputted to verify that you are connecting to the correct computer. Doceri also has a white board feature that makes for on-the-fly notes. If you want a hardware solution, both Apple and Crestron have solutions; check out Apple AirPlay and Crestron AirMedia.

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About Julie Tausend Burba

Instructional Designer at Hulu, Ed Tech and Project Management enthusiast. MBA Technology Management, MS Management, BS Communications, Traveler and Cook.

Posted on January 22, 2014, in Tausend Talks Shop and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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