Apps For Speakers
I have been long looking to find an app for my Apple iPod Touch that can assist me during speech deliveries. I finally discovered, downloaded and tested that app yesterday. It’s the iSpeechCards app, available on the iTunes App Store. Even though it cost $2.99, its simple features deem it worthy of FREE status. I still bought it. Here is the App Review.
Using your iPhone or iPod Touch, you can create speech cards which you either manually scroll or simply hit PLAY, to show you each “bullet card” for the time duration you set. The iPhone or Touch ipod is small enough to be held in your hand, while you speak, no different than when presenters hold a light pen during powerpoint presentations.
It is so simple to use, I can see myself editing my que cards, minutes before being introduced. And yes, the program is set to NOT screensave, during the entire time it is running. So no blank spots – no pun intended – while you are on-stage. I am sure a version is also available for the newest entry to the Apple Family – the Apple iPad.
For some time, in my speech delivery, I have been trying to ween myself off my full prose speech, written in elegant “Mark Twainian” lingo. Writing a speech, in full prose was 1 challenge. Once accomplished and the europhia subsides, the next challenge begins. That’s the much bigger and agonizing one.
That’s the one where you have to “boil down” your flow into several key words or phrases that will peek your thoughts while on-stage – your QUE cards. You just spent a horrendous amount of time transcribing your thoughts into a dessertation worthy of this years’ Nobel Peace Prize. It’s your written speech birthright to remain fully worded.
I am not always for change, but when a tool arises that helps me be a better speaker, presenter and more effecient, then I am in !
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