A Black Friday/Cyber Monday Shopping List for Presenters
Presentation remote: not being tied to your laptop allows you to connect much better with your audience. My favourite is the RemotePoint Navigator by Interlink Electronics.
Wireless travel mouse: when travelling, a wireless mouse makes it easier to get work done in hotel rooms, and it doubles as a backup for a presentation remote. My current one is the Microsoft Arc mouse, which is small, light, and works well.
VGA extension cable: you never know where the projector connection will be, and a 12 foot VGA extension cable allows you to position your laptop where it is most convenient for you, regardless of where the connection is.
Now let’s move to some of the more expensive purchases that presenters would love to find under the tree this Christmas.
Apple iPad: if most of your presentations are one-on-one, an iPad is a great way to present. You can even hook it up to a projector for small groups. I’ve done a video on how you can present corporate PowerPoint presentations on an iPad here.
Data projector: even though many corporate boardrooms have a projector, there are still many rooms where a presenter needs to bring their own. Look for one that is light, but has at least 2,000 lumens and is a minimum of XGA resolution (1024 x 768).
Laptop: the number of laptop choices is overwhelming. Look for one that has a good processor (I suggest an Intel Core i3 or better), at least 4 GB of RAM, a good video card, and at least a 500 GB hard drive. Those specifications should make the laptop last for at least two to three years.
Of course you should always check your prices and shop wisely, whether it is at a store or online.