Chapter 5: Click Here for Technology
Public Speaking Tech Tools You Can Use
So what are the types of technology tools (and toys) you can incorporate into your public speaking engagements? If you think PowerPoint is your only alternative, you're mistaken.
Your choices are endless, but here are just a few options to consider:
- Video Conferencing: Use this option to bring in an expert that may be offsite or to connect you to a wider audience at another location. Sites such as Skype (www.skype.com). SightSpeed (www.sightspeed.com), ooVoo (www.oovoo.com), and Aim (www.aim.com) facilitate online video and audio exchange for a nominal fee or for free.
- Videos: There are several sites that feature free movies, videos, documentaries as well as short films. Check them out to see if they have any videos that include relevant material. Some sites to visit include MySpace TV (www.myspacetv.com), LiveLeak (www.liveleak.com), Break (www.break.com), Dailymotion (www.dailymotion.com), Metacafe (www.metacafe.com), and YouTube (www.youtube.com).
- Webinars: Public speeches don't always have to take place in a brick-and-mortar institutions. You can give your talk via the web using various types of interactive software including DimDim (www.dimdim.com), Goto Webinar (www.gotowebinar.com), and Free Conference (www.freeconference.com). This allows you to share your desktop with others or host a talk via phone for free or a nominal fee depending on the number of attendees.
- Podcasts: Include relevant audio to underscore a point or supplement your presentation. Sites like Podcast Alley (www.podcastalley.com) feature a list of popular podcasts that may cover the topic of your speech. There are also internet radio sites like BlogTalkRadio (www.blogtalkradio.com) or Live365.com (www.live365.com) that could have relevant audio for use in your presentation.
- Social Media: Use these sites to connect with other business professionals, interview subject matter experts, or see relevant postings. You can also publicize your event on these sites to attract attendees, but this can be tricky since members are typically bombarded with invitations—you should probably consult a social media expert to find out which sites are most relevant for your field and uncover ways to promote to that audience. In the meantime, you can conduct your own search on the Internet or check out sites like Facebook (www.facebook.com), LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com), and Twitter (www.twitter.com) as well as Stumble Upon (www.stumbleupon.com), Yelp (www.yelp.com), Ning (www.ning.com), and Fast Pitch (www.fastpitchnetworking.com).
- Online Event Management: Many of the options above will also help you manage your event by sending out online invitations or allowing you post announcements on your profile. If you still need additional online event management help, web applications like Event Brite (www.eventbrite.com), Amiando (www.amiando.com), Eventsbot (www.eventsbot.com), Made It (www.madeit.com) and others help you track attendees as well as ticket sales.
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Now that you know how you can use technology to support your speeches as well as the wide range of technological alternatives that are available—explore them!
Internet technical tools can greatly enhance your speech and help you become a better speaker.
How? An interesting, interactive visual can relieve some of your stress because it gives the audience another focal point plus it frees you up from relying on your notes or index cards as you take cues from your slides.
More importantly, adding technology will help you better serve your audience, and that, after all, should be the primary reason you take the stage.