Let us create a 3D eBook for you!
Let us create a 3d Digital eBook for you! DigyCat.com

Choosing a Presentation Remote Control


If you deliver electronic presentations using PowerPoint or other programs, you can manually move forward to the next slide with the keyboard or the mouse. One way, however, to deliver more effective presentations that improve your connection to your audience is to add a remote control to your presentation tools. What features should you look for when selecting a remote control?

Remote Features

Many projectors come standard with a remote but features vary and may not always be easy to use. A better choice is to buy your own personal presentation remote control. When evaluating a remote, look for these features and decide what is important to you:

? Ergonomic and easily fits in your hand. Keep in mind that you might be using the remote for an hour or an entire day. Plus, a smaller remote will usually have fewer and more accessible buttons, fits in your pocket, and is great for travel.

? Simple to use. In most cases, a smaller, ergonomic remote is easy to use but test it before buying. One of my friends loves her small remote which is only about the size of a matchbook. The tradeoff is she needs to press 2 buttons together to make the screen go black, a feature that doesn't always work. I was reminded of the importance of an easy to use remote recently when I watched an excellent presenter pull out a huge remote that looked a price scanner gun from Home Depot. As he fumbled with a large panel of buttons, the remote dropped to the floor and broke open with batteries flying across the stage.

? Transmit distance. Remotes operate with three different technologies: RF (wireless radio frequency), IR (infrared), and Bluetooth. A huge drawback with IR remotes is that you need to point the mouse directly at the receiver for it to work. Bluetooth remotes use the latest technology but currently have a maximum range of about 30' while many RF remotes have a range of 50 to 100 feet. With some remotes, you can have your back to the laptop and move to the middle of an audience. What do you need for your presentations?

? Built-in mouse. Some presenters will sacrifice a bit in size to get a built-in mouse, usually a small button like you see on some laptops. The Logitech Cordless Presenter, for example, combines a full-size mouse and remote with a 30' range and is priced under $200. Other remotes have a track ball or a touch pad. I prefer a separate wireless mouse that I use for portions of my presentations. I find a built-in mouse to be too awkward but it might be great for your purposes.

? Visible laser pointer. If you'd like a built-in laser pointer, make sure to test it for visibility and practice moving it slowly. Some of the pointers have such a small laser dot that it doesn't show well on screen. Would an animation be a better way to highlight parts of a slide or a process?

When evaluating features, it is still not that common to find a wide range of remotes at your local computer store or office supply outlet, and so, your best option is to find someone who has a remote and try it out. My favorite is the RemotePoint Navigator from Interlink Electronics which is easy to use, fits comfortably in my hand, and gives me up to 50' of movement from my laptop. Another top model by the same company is the RemotePoint Presenter, with up to 100' of movement, a mouse button, and 32 MB of storage for your presentation; it is priced at about $150. The Phaser Mouse from IOGear is a budget-minded model for as little as $60.

There are many other models and brands to consider. Personally, I don't like remotes loaded with tons of features that you might not need; these remotes are typically bigger or more complicated to use. Remember, you should be using a remote so that you don't call attention to the technology and your audience can focus on your content.

Practicing with a Remote Control

After you buy a remote, practice with it before you use it. Don't just try it at your desk, you need to also setup your laptop and remote and actually run through your presentation. The first time I did this, the screen kept going black or I would accidentally advance to the next slide. The problem wasn't with the remote. The problem was that I was holding my presentation handout in the same hand and accidentally hitting a remote button through the handout. An easy adjustment but not obvious if my only rehearsal was in my office. I personally like to choreograph my slide actions into my presentation notes to avoiding looking back at the projection screen to check my location. Or, setup your laptop in the meeting room so you can glance at the screen and still keep the connection with your audience.

Practicing with your remote should be a built-in part of your presentation rehearsal to avoid distracting your audience and accomplishing the goal of communicating your message.

Bonus Tips: Always bring extra batteries; many speakers change out batteries for every presentation. To protect your investment, label the remote or put several business cards in the carrying case in the event that your remote is misplaced.

2004 by Dawn Bjork Buzbee

Dawn Bjork Buzbee is The Software Pro? and a certified Microsoft Office Expert and Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor. Dawn shares smart and easy ways to effectively use software and technology through her work as a speaker, trainer, and consultant. Visit http://www.SoftwarePro.com for great Microsoft Office software tips and tricks or to contact Dawn.


MORE RESOURCES:

Presentation - Google News

This RSS feed URL is deprecated

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

How to Get Unstuck And Start Growing - Entrepreneur


Entrepreneur

How to Get Unstuck And Start Growing
Entrepreneur
Have you ever got hyped on a sales pitch or presentation, then purchased a course from a guru, thinking it was going to change your business, only for nothing to happen? If you're into growing your business, the answer is yes. We all have. I've bought ...

Vatican releases postage stamps on Reformation, St. Francis of Sales - Vatican Radio


Vatican Radio

Vatican releases postage stamps on Reformation, St. Francis of Sales
Vatican Radio
On the other side is “Philipp Melanchthon, theologian and friend of Martin Luther, one of the main protagonists of the reform,” who is holding the “'Augsburg Confession' (Confessio Augustana), the first official public presentation of the principles of ...

and more »

The One's Presentation Centre Opens For First Time - Urban Toronto


Urban Toronto

The One's Presentation Centre Opens For First Time
Urban Toronto
Last night, the presentation centre for The One, Canada's first Supertall building, was opened for the first time to allow those who pre-registered at the project to get a look at layouts, views, sample rooms, and finishes planned for the mixed-use ...

J.Crew is closing 50 stores as sales tumble - Business Insider


Business Insider

J.Crew is closing 50 stores as sales tumble
Business Insider
The clothing company parted ways with its longtime CEO Mickey Drexler this summer, as well as its creative director Jenna Lyons. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Drexler said the retailer's biggest mistake over the last several years is ...

and more »

Live-event companies warn proposed ticket-law changes may have unintended consequences - The Globe and Mail


The Globe and Mail

Live-event companies warn proposed ticket-law changes may have unintended consequences
The Globe and Mail
"These ticket sales are going to move to channels that are not safe, not transparent, not protected," said Jeff Poirier, StubHub's North American general manager for theatre and music, in an interview after his presentation. Ticketmaster, which lets ...

MRHC's plans for sales tax funds; council still undecided - Mcalester News Capital


MRHC's plans for sales tax funds; council still undecided
Mcalester News Capital
Browne said he was making the presentation on behalf of the hospital because MRHC Chief Executive Officer David Keith had to attend another hospital meeting in Atoka. “McAlester Regional Hospital proposes to expand by 20 percent,” Browne said in regard ...

3 traps to avoid in presentations - Drug Store News


Drug Store News

3 traps to avoid in presentations
Drug Store News
Blais Pascal famously wrote, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” Like Pascal,most salespeople have an inability to keep to the point. My research shows that over 75% of all customer presentations are too long ...

The team sales pitch: How to prep for success - SmartBrief


SmartBrief

The team sales pitch: How to prep for success
SmartBrief
When your company is pitching for a really big piece of new business, the stakes are as high as they get for your sales team. Yet many organizations squander those opportunities by failing to properly prepare for the pitch “team” presentation. Each ...

Travel Troubleshooter: Couple get cold feet after attending sales presentation for 'travel club' - Minneapolis Star Tribune


Travel Troubleshooter: Couple get cold feet after attending sales presentation for 'travel club'
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While we were there, we were invited to attend a sales presentation for the Palladium Travel Club. We paid $8,174 as initial payment for a 30 ...

LargeFriends.com - the best dating site for plus-sized singles!
SuccessfulMatchCentral.com - the best dating site for plus-sized singles!

PreLaunchX

MyIdeal Domain Is For Sale - $8,000 For Enquiries eMail Us

© www.MyIdeal.biz - 2012

home | site map | links