Me and my gadget
Jennifer Myers, a business coach and speaker with 10X Hamilton, tells Chris Gardner why her favourite gadget helps her eliminate distractions during her presentations.
What's your favourite gadget?
While I am not someone who traditionally gets very excited about gadgets, I must say that there is one that makes my life easier when I have a speaking engagement and that's my Logitech Wireless Presenter R400. It works with slide presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint to advance slides and it's a laser pointer. It's small, connects to my laptop via a USB connection and doesn't require any special software to use - just two small batteries.
I've been speaking to groups of people for almost as long as I can remember on various topics. I quickly found that I could not bear to stand in one spot and was able to better engage my audience if I was able to move among them while still being able to manage a PowerPoint presentation.
What do you mainly use it for?
I love using my gadget whenever I'm conducting business improvement seminars or team trainings. Basically, whenever I use slides I use my Wireless Presenter. It really allows me to not be tied to my laptop - heck, the laptop can be in the next room (up to 15½ metres away).
As an audience member, it can be so distracting to watch a presenter fiddle with their computer keyboard to simply advance slides. It can break the flow of the presentation and cause the speaker to lose momentum. My Wireless Presenter allows me to get my point across without unnecessary distractions.
How would you change it to make it better?
I wish it did not run on batteries! I always need to be mindful to turn the on/off switch to off when I've finished the presentation or else I will be out of luck the next time I need it! Perhaps it could be made to recharge via the USB connection?