Holiday Gifts for the Professional Presenter

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Today, after scouring Twitter and my favorite public speaking and presentation blogs and websites, I’ve compiled all of the important must-have gifts for the professional presenter in your life:

Gavin McMahon of Make A Powerful Point created the holiday gift list for the visual thinker on Slideshare.  Check it out here.

If you’re thinking of giving the professional presenter in your life an iPad, Nick Morgan of Public Words put together an iPad app list including Keynote, Pages, Evernote, Dropbox, and more… However, of this list, I would highly recommend that you skip Prezi.  No one needs to be using Prezi.

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Andrew Dlugan of Six Minutes has two great lists for presenters: “Stocking Stuffers for Speakers” organized by price point and “Gifts Public Speakers Really Want: Dozens of Christmas Ideas” organized by value (“stocking stuffer,” “moderate,” and “deluxe”).

Finally, Andrew Dlugan, Nancy Duarte, Bruce Gabrielle, and four other judges agreed upon the Top 35 Presentation Books, so your professional presenter would love any of the books on the list.

What are you giving the professional presenter in your life?

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4 thoughts on “Holiday Gifts for the Professional Presenter

  1. Hi Alex,
    I’ve been an on-and-off user of Prezi for the last few years. The concept of it first intrigued me as I was looking for a different way of doing things and an escape from PowerPoint. I’ve put together a handful of solid presentations using it but always felt it was missing something. I followed your link to Phil Presents’ Prezi post and found myself completely in agreement with what he had to say. Perhaps it’s time I give Keynote a try (I’ve never used it before).

    Thanks and happy holidays!

  2. Hey Tim! It’s definitely time to give Keynote a try. It is more user-friendly and more fun to use than PowerPoint. Give it 30 days… I promise, you will be making amazing presentations in no time :)

    • Hey Craig, I find that where PowerPoint requires two or three steps, Keynote requires only a one step drag-and-drop. PowerPoint is busy whereas Keynote is sleek and simple.

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