Providing relevant content to your audience, getting your message across and empowering everybody to use your information after you’ve finished presenting. That’s what defines a successful presentation. It takes three things to make that happen: excellent presentation content, perfect preparation, and great presentation tools.
Great tools to make your presentations successful
Many great productivity tools out there can help you give successful presentations. Among these, there are two tools you should always take with you wherever you go: a presentation remote and crowdbeamer. Both enable you to spend your time focusing on what truly matters: your audience, and how they interact with your presentation.
Using a presentation remote, you get full freedom to walk around the meeting room and interact with your audience. And while you’re doing that, crowdbeamer delivers your presentation content directly to all portable devices of your audience. That not just gets your message across to your audience. It also enables everybody in your audience to act upon the information that you deliver, even long after you’ve finished your presentation.
When it comes to presentation remotes, a distinction can be made between hardware and software remotes. A hardware remote is often referred to as a wireless presentation remote. Software remotes are available in a broad range of smartphone apps. Two among these are most widely used: Office Remote and Keynote Remote.
Wireless presentation remotes
Wireless presentation remotes such as the Logitech R400, the Kensington Wireless Presenter or the Canon PR500-R Presenter have been around for a while. Using them is as simple as plugging the receiver unit into a USB port of your laptop. No software to install. Some remotes, such as the Kensington Wireless Presenter, even have built-in memory to store your presentation content.
A wireless presentation remote is an attractive solution that works with both Windows and macOS laptops. But since you’ll take your smartphone with you anyway, why not use an easy-to-use and flexible app such as Office Remote or Keynote Remote?
With Office Remote (available on Google Play) you can turn your Android phone into a presentation remote that provides full control of your PowerPoint presentation. Just like any wireless presentation remote, you can use Office Remote to start your presentation. It even lets you view slide thumbnails and walk through your slides. And it enables you to control an instant laser pointer by touching a slide thumbnail with your finger.
But the app lets you do much more than that. It allows you to see your speaker notes or to preview your next slide – all on your smartphone. It also shows you the presentation timer to help deliver a more effective presentation.
Office Remote also lets you interact with other Microsoft Office products on your laptop, providing control of Word and Excel from across the meeting room. It enables you to navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs by swiping, for example. Or it lets you change the zoom level. Or what about scrolling through a Word document and quickly jumping to specific sections or comments? These are just a few of the possibilities that the Office Remote app has to offer.
Office Remote is a great app that provides an intuitive user experience. The only drawback is that it is not available for iOS. As you’re probably aware, the App Store offers various remote control apps that fill this gap. But these apps do not always provide a very robust user experience. A wireless presentation remote may be a better choice in that case.
Office Remote doesn’t work with Microsoft Office for Mac either. But if you are a MacBook user, you probably will be using the Keynote app on macOS anyway. In that case, you can easily control your Keynote presentation from your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch using Keynote Remote.
You never want to find yourself in a situation where you’re looking at the audience for help because you cannot get your laptop to work with the meeting room projector. And it’s easy to avoid. Just take a crowdbeamer with you wherever you go, and connect your presentation laptop using your VGA or HDMI cable. That’s all it takes to share content directly with your audience.
With the crowdbeamer app installed on their laptop, tablet or smartphone, your audience can instantly view your presentation on their portable device of choice. Everybody in your audience can capture screenshots of the information that they find most relevant, and complete them with notes and remarks. That makes it very easy to create personalized handouts of your presentation on their portable device of choice and put your content to good use (even long after you’ve finished your presentation). Isn’t that why you’re giving presentations in the first place?
Two essential productivity tools to take with you wherever you go
A crowdbeamer device and a smartphone (or a presentation remote). These easy-to-use productivity tools make any presentation successful for both you and your audience. As a result, you can spend your time focusing on what truly matters: your audience, and how they interact with your presentation. And your audience can put your presentation content to good use, exposing it to an even much broader audience over time.
If you’re heading for success, there’s no better direction to take.