Presenting without a laptop…

Here’s the presenter’s view of one of my presentations seen on an iPhone

You do not need your laptop to present. Don’t panic, that doesn’t mean you can’t use slides. You can use your iPhone almost as easily as you can use your laptop. You can prepare slides as you normally do, using PowerPoint or Keynote. Your iPhone can be used to send your slides to your projector. I use Keynote on my iPhone. I convert slides made from PowerPoint into Keynote. You’ll need the Keynote app on your iPhone, of course. The only tricky part is how to connect your iPhone and your screen. I use a little adaptor from Apple to connect my iPhone to a projector. There are other ways depending on the way you project. You should check in advance what the projector setup will be at the place you plant to present. Using your iPhone makes your presentation extremely portable.

All of my presentations are in my pocket…are yours?

PowerPoint can help overcome your fear of public speaking…

One way, probably the easiest way, to overcome your fear of public speaking is to use PowerPoint.

Important Note: First you must really know how to use PowerPoint and be comfortable with it.

A key element that causes fear of public speaking is that the speaker is afraid of forgetting to say something. If you use notes, you may not want to look down or forget your place. If you read your speech, the audience will probably not pay attention carefully. Here’s where PowerPoint comes in. 

You can use PowerPoint to remind you of what to say. I don’t mean reading off your slides! Your images or keywords on the screen should be enough to remind you of what you wanted to say. As you go from slide to slide all you have to do is glance up at the screen and be reminded of what you need to say.

Using PowerPoint is simple and very effective.


  1. You must be comfortable using PowerPoint.
  2. You don’t want to read from the screen.
  3. You should practice your speech enough to know what you want to say…without memorizing it. Let the slides remind you.

What color are you up to?

Yes, writers write. However, successful writers also revise, or edit, what they have written. Rarely is the first version the best. When movie scripts are revised they print the scripts on different colored paper so that everyone knows if they are using the same up-to-date version. Generally, the colors used are:

  1. White (unrevised)
  2. Blue
  3. Pink
  4. Yellow
  5. Green
  6. Goldenrod*
  7. Buff
  8. Salmon
  9. Cherry
  10. Second Blue Revision
  11. Second Pink Revision and so on…

Whether you are writing a novel, short story, magazine article, or anything else…you need to revise it until it’s ready. When it’s ready…submit it.

2 Ways To Tell If Your Book Is A Success

There are only two accurate ways to tell if your book is a success. No, best seller lists will not help. They can be manipulated easily. The two real ways are simple.

  1. How many books did you actually sell?
  2. Are you happy with the way your book turned out?

That’s it.

The picture taking rule you should not follow!

Many years ago, I was a wedding photographer. I would attend photo seminars and hear about how to take artistic photos of the bride. They showed me how to take photos of the bride looking at her flowers. They showed me how to take photos of the bride and groom looking at each other. It went on and on.

The owner of the studio I was working for was interested, among other things, in selling wall sized pictures. It didn’t take long to realize that the artistic looking photos were not the ones going up on the walls.

The photos that sold the best were the ones where the subjects were looking at the camera. Brides, and families, wanted to see people who looked their best.

There’s nothing wrong with taking pictures of people who are looking at the camera and smiling.

Beware of artistic photos…they usually don’t sell when it comes to portraits or weddings. You should take them if you come upon an interesting scene. However, always cover yourself with straight pictures.

Looking the other way…

On most mornings, I take a walk in the local mall before it opens. I walk in, turn right, and walk. Usually I go around the upper level of the mall three times. It takes about thirty minutes. It’s my exercise after my bypass surgery seven years ago.

One day I was bold. I walked in, turned left, and walked. It looked like I was walking in a different mall. Items I never saw appeared.

Sometimes, looking the other way will be a magical difference. Try it.

Silly or Loyal?

I came across an item I want to buy. Amazon sells it for $22. A specialty vendor I like to use sells the same thing for $33. The specialty vendor has many items that are very difficult to find. I buy from them often.

Is it silly to spend more to support a vendor I actually like…or get it for a lot less from Amazon? Interesting issue…at least for me.

How much is free?

Have you ever been offered a job and told you should work for free? Photographers, writers, speakers, and others are asked to do things for free all the time. Usually they are told it will help promote themselves. As one who has written and spoken for free I can tell you that as far as I know that doesn’t happen. You usually don’t even get a thank you card, much less a referral. On the other hand, it costs you to work for free!

When I speak for “free” it takes about 10 hours to prepare for a free 1 hour or less presentation. At a minimal wage of $10 per hour that comes to $100…not counting gas and materials I usually hand out.

Before you ask someone to work for free think of how much time, effort, and skill is put into it.

How much is free?

Would you hire you? [Be honest!]

If you were sitting on the other side of the desk, interviewing someone for your job…would you hire you? Here’s one question that you should ask yourself. It might be the next question YOU are asked.

What have you done in the last day/week/month/year that makes you stand out?

Does your resume look like everyone else’s? Do you know what your Klout score is? Do you have a following on Twitter? Can you call yourself creative and mean it? Not the only questions to ask yourself…but you might start with them.

Are you worth hiring today? If not, start working on it NOW! Somebody else may be closer to your job than you think. Start preparing for your next job NOW.

Would you hire you? Would you?