Free method to modernizing your notes for a speaking engagement

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!

The key to developing lots of leaders

I remember being 18 years old sitting in the car of someone that I respected and he spoke vision into my life about being a leader. The moment was so important I still remember what intersection we were at (The stoplight at Faron and Woodbine), how many cars were in front of us, and even what the sky looked like that day. I can remember every detail from this life changing moment 16 years ago. bullseye

Photo credit to Tim Snell

There is a difference between a leader who produces lots of leaders and a leader who doesn't. The leader who produces lots of leaders has the ability to speak vision into the personal life of another person.

How do you speak vision into someone else's life?

1. Choose a private moment - It's hard for people to take the seriousness of what you're saying in a social situation instead of a private moment. If the receiver can't hear you clearly the message will always be lost.

2. Name the place - "I think you would be a good ________________ ." A key to speaking into the life of a person is to give them a destination. People will think to themselves, "Maybe I could do that?" As leaders we get to be the people who say, "You can do that."

3. Ask for their thoughts - You may have dropped a bomb on someone, it's important to allow them to process. Insecure leaders will want to back up their vision in order to convince the person they are right. Don't do this, allow processing time. Say, "What do you think about when I say that?" Shut up and listen.

4. Now the "Why" - Why you believe in this person is SO important! Make sure you have prepared in advance for this moment. Now speak into their gifts and how those gifts will equip them to be successful at the vision you put out there.

5. Say it one more time - Don't drag out the conversation but end it with, "I just wanted you to know that I think you would be an amazing ___________"

In leadership we can screw up and assume the people we lead know what we think they are capable of. The bad news is we make the wrong assumption. The good news is that we can speak vision into the lives of people we care about.

Please leave a comment about how someone spoke a vision into your life that stuck!