Gorgeous Business Presentations for Really Lazy People (Fast)

Haiku Deck - iPad presentations

If you enjoy giving presentations, you don’t enjoy creating them. It’s boring. Not because of the content… When it comes to YOUR presentations the content is always stellar, right? Creating presentations is boring because of the software. My eyeballs bleed whenever I open PowerPoint, and KeyNote isn’t much better.

Whenever I see “create presentation” on my projects list I shudder.

But what if creating presentations could be fun? And fast? And moreover, what if the presentations you created were a long way from dull-as-dirt PowerPoint slides?

If you want to have fun while you create gorgeous presentations, you need an iPad.

Then you need to grab Haiku Deck from the App Store. Cost? Nothing. It’s free, although you can buy additional themes, from within the app if you like.

Haiku Deck is celebrating its first birthday. I downloaded the app almost as soon as it came out. Now I look forward to creating presentations. Yes, I’m serious.

How I create presentations fast

With Haiku Deck, anyone can create a fantastic presentation in less than an hour.

I use sticky notes stuck onto an Oasis pad to create the presentation outline. One sticky per slide.

Then, sitting on my sofa, with the outline on a coffee table, I relax and create the presentation on my iPad. Best job ever. :-)

Does your boss demand PowerPoint?

That’s fine. You can export your wonderful presentations to PowerPoint when they’re done.


Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad

Write or Else! Funniest Writing App Ever

Write or Die
If you’re slacking, Write or Die forces you to write

Although I usually don’t have problems writing because I’ve trained myself out of blatant procrastination over the years, I can get side-tracked. I decide that although I need to work on Project X because a deadline’s looming, it’s far more important to work on Project Y.

To force myself to work on Project X, I’ve been using Write or Die. It’s a fun app which has several Modes. I love Kamikaze Mode, because if you don’t keep writing, your words start disappearing.  It’s a giggle; a real antidote to boredom.

Write or Die has a free Web version, as well as a paid download for Mac and PC. It’s also available as an iPad version. Give the free Web version a try, but beware Kamikaze Mode.

What They Said About the iPad Three Years Ago (Snicker)

iPad Steve Jobs

The iPad’s three years old! If you love your iPad as much as I do, it’s time to look back and wonder at all those smarties who had such a lot to say after Steve Jobs’ announcement made the news.

A look back at the iPad naysayers | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on the things they said:

“Things the iPad can’t do:

1. No Camera, that’s right, you can’t take pics and e-mail them.

2. No Web Cam, that’s right, no iChat or Skype Video chatting.

3. No Flash, that’s right, you can’t watch NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX or HULU.

4. No External Ports, such as Volume, Mic, DVI, USB, Firewire, SD card or HDMI”

Well… snicker… :-)

That wasn’t the worst, of course. Who can forget all the titters about the name, “iPad”?

Of all the names that Apple had reportedly secured–Apple Tablet, iTablet, Magic Slate, iSlate–I think it’s safe to say that no one truly believed that Apple would name their newest product the iPad. Especially women.

“So will the 64GB one be called the Maxi-Pad?”

“I’m holding out for the iRag.”

Sigh…

Here’s a quick video stroll down memory lane to Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPad in 2010.

Has the iPad changed your life?

It’s changed mine. I spend more time on my iPad than I do on my desktop.

In 2010, when I took the iPad out of its box and turned it on for the first time, I thought back to my first Apple computer, in 1983. It was an Apple IIe, with a whole 64 KB of RAM. The kids loved it.

Who could imagine that less than 30 years later, a computer which was way more powerful would be the size of a magazine?

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

photo credit: Phil Gyford via photopin cc

More Than Fun: Doing Business With Your Tablet Computer

Feedly on iPad
Feedly on my iPad

Got a tablet computer? Chances are that you use it in your business. Businesses are finding many uses for their tablets.

This article, Go Remote: 10 Ways To Use a Tablet for Business, gives you ten ways.

My favorite way, which is perfect for my fellow creatives:

“Create a Digital Portfolio

This is quite possibly one of the highest ROI uses of tablets for business – showing your presentation to a prospective  client on an iPad or other tablet.  It helps get sales. From photographers to real estate agents, tablets are useful for showing your digital portfolio.”

Tip if you’re a writer, designer or photographer: stuff everything you can think of into a “portfolio” folder in Dropbox. You can view most popular types of files in Dropbox.

Dropbox Graphics

Viewing graphics in Dropbox (iPad)

Whatever kind of business you’re in, once you own a tablet, you’ll find yourself incorporating it into your workflow and working life.

After conducting a straw poll among those of my clients who use their iPad or other tablet in their business, their most common reasons where:

* The tablet’s “always on” ease of use.

Sure, you can open your notebook computer and find a document and open it. However, your iPad is much faster — and lighter to carry. Once you get used to taking it with you, you’ll feel naked without it.

* You can carry your library of sales and other documents around with you, and use them on the spot.

Need a contract? A receipt? Tap, tap tap … and you’re done. If you need an app to sign documents, SignEasy (iPad) is great.

Tip: I use Penultimate (free for your iPad) to get signatures, because it syncs to my Evernote account, and once the signature is in there, I can add it to the client’s notebook.

* Easier presentations.

I love giving presentations. I love them even more now that I can use my iPad. You can even create presentations ON your iPad, using the nifty Haiku app.

How you use your tablet computer in your business depends what you want to do. TNW gives you a list of 30 apps to get you started.

Once you start using your tablet computer for business, you’ll wonder how you managed without it.


Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.