Is speaking in front of people a consistent part of your life? You might be looking for a more modern way to have notes as you speak. Over the past couple of weeks I have been experimenting with FREE methods for modernizing my notes. I've experimented with two platforms, one felt like a home run and the other felt like I would have been better off writing my notes down and then eating them.
The first thing you want to think about is device. My preferred choice is my iPad mini. For many of my speaking engagements I am flying to the location. I've found the mini to be the more convenient to travel with than my iPad 2. Obviously, size is the biggest factor because my mini feels so much more convenient to travel with and I enjoy it more to read books off of on flights. However, there will come a time where my eyes won't be as strong as they currently are and I'm sure I'll prefer a larger screen. But for now, since I'm traveling with one why not use it to present off of as well.
The second thing is software. I want to remind you, my goal was FREE but I also wanted something I could create my notes on my computer and then sync them with my iPad. Luckily, I was already using two platforms that met this goal: Workflowy and Evernote. I first learned about Workflowy from Michael Hyatt's blog. Workflowy is an online list maker, as their tagline says, "Make lists, not war." It's this beautifully simplistic tool and it allows you to manage your daily work flow. Plus, it puts everything within an outline form making it simple to speak from. Here's a screen shot of the last presentation I gave using Workflowy on my iPad Mini:
You can see everything is spaced well and it's very clear where there are indented items. I could see all my notes when the iPad is standing upright in "portrait" mode instead of being on it's side in "landscape" mode. For another presentation I thought I would give Evernote a try. I LOVE Evernote and use it every day. Evernote recently released a presentation feature to present a specific note. However, I couldn't find this feature on the iPad app. But I pushed forward using Evernote because I wanted to tell you all how it worked. It didn't. Here is the screen shots of another presentation using Evernote:
I simply couldn't read it well enough to follow my notes. Luckily, I had prepared so it wasn't a total catastrophe but I certainly struggled to see my notes (and yes, I know it was on an iPad mini but that's what I like to travel with). I set the iPad to landscape in an attempt to increase the font but with the lack of line spacing it didn't help. You can see the spacing difference above on Workflowy in comparison to Evernote.
So if you've been wanting to modernize your notes for a speaking engagement I would recommend giving Workflowy a shot. You can work within a web browser for your prep and it will seamlessly sync to your device using the Workflowy app, which is FREE!
Now, if you want to run with the big dogs check out Michael Hyatt's tools page, which he uses OmniOutliner but it cost cha chang cha chang.
If you've found an awesome way to modernize your notes for FREE I'd love to hear about it! Please leave your comment below!