What do you do during boring teleconference calls?
Redesign other people’s presentations, if you’re Lesley. That’s how she keeps herself interested in a call. She corrects typos, makes fonts and colours more readable, adds diagrams and animation, and generally experiments with how to make presentations better. She often sends the presentation to the original speakers so that they can take advantage of her work.
Want to try that during your next call?
Inspired by Dan Roam’s annotated-in-real-time presentation, I picked up a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch drawing tablet for portable use. I’ve got an upcoming talk (“Remote Presentations That Rock”) and I’ll need to deliver it from 3600 because of other appointments, so I can’t use my ever-so-wonderful Cintiq 12WX. I decided to spring for the multitouch tablet because I thought the extra buttons and multi-touch gestures would help me work as smoothly as I work on the Cintiq.
After some driver hassles, I got the new tablet working with drivers downloaded from Wacom’s website. The multitouch works better than expected, and I’ve been using it to scroll through webpages in Firefox. Zooming in and out worked with Inkscape, as does scrolling vertically, but scrolling horizontally or rotating don’t work.
I’m still getting used to looking at one surface while drawing on another, but that’s something I can pick up with practice.
Although a tablet PC would probably be an even more efficient way to handle all of this, I think my decision to explore the in-between steps was good. This way, I can add drawing capabilities to any of the computers.
Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you!
Here are some of my favourite presentation books:
|Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
|slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
|Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action
|The How of WOW: A Guide to Giving a Speech That Will Positively Blow ‘Em Away
|Rainmaking Presentations: How to Grow Your Business by Leveraging Your Expertise
As a foreigner working in Canada, I have to deal with lots of paperwork. The three documents I stress out about the most (and therefore remember to renew) are my work permit, my passport, and my temporary resident visa. Without a valid work permit, I’d be an illegal alien. Without my passport, I can’t travel. Without my visa, I can’t come back into the country.
Because there are big consequences if I don’t get things like that sorted out (possibly getting kicked out of the country? having to answer yes to awkward questions on future visa applications? getting stuck on the wrong side of the immigration counter?), I haven’t needed long-term reminders.
Renewing my social insurance number, which I really only dig up during tax time and when opening new accounts? That apparently gets me every time. This is the second time I’ve pulled out my SIN card and realized it had expired.
So here’s a checklist for other folks on work permits, if you ever need to renew your passport:
Something like this happens when my task management system fails. I’m getting better at not letting things fall through the cracks, so little failures like this are instructive. I much prefer testing my task management now rather than later, when it might Really Matter.
So, where had it failed?
Slowly figuring things out!