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5 Presentation Apps That Will Calm Your Nerves When Speaking In Public

5 Presentation Apps That Will Calm Your Nerves When Speaking In Public

You’re standing in front of a big group ready to make your presentation. It could be your first-time public speaking or you could have plenty of experience. Standing behind the podium can still be a nervous experience.  Good preparation, a great product and great presentation slides can give you the confidence to stand in front of whoever you need to and put in your best performance.

These moments can be critical for your startup, whether in a sales pitch or speaking at an event. Luckily there are apps out there you can have to make the most of the opportunity. Presentation apps can help you to feel more confident, really sell your start-up business and who knows, maybe even help you to enjoy the experience! Here are our top 5 apps to help dispel any public speaking nerves:

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1. Prompster

A great, visual presentation which catches the eye should not be littered with dense text for the audience to read. It can be tempting to add too much text to your slides to give you the confidence to be able to remember everything you want to say. The risk is that you’re not going to be looking directly at your audience if you have to spend your time facing away from them, looking at your slides. Prompster is your own teleprompter that you can access via a phone or tablet so that, even if you’re nervous and can’t remember your lines, you won’t be fumbling with cards or stumbling over your words.
iOS and Android

2. Pro-Metronome – for speaking at a better pace.

If you’re nervous you’re more likely to rush and garble part of the presentation – normally the beginning or end. It’s tempting to rush to get it over with but the audience won’t thank you for it. Although this app is really designed for musicians, a regular beat will help you practise your speaking. Not rushing will also keep you calmer, which is ideal while up in front of a crowd. Pro-Metronome also features a vibrate function which means that you can slip it into your pocket before you start speaking and use it to count where you are in your presentation.
iOS and Android

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3. Public Speaking for Cardboard

You might be able to practice the presentation before but you’ll struggle to get the same adrenalin rush as when you are standing in front of a large group of people. Although not exactly the same as being able to see people face-to-face, this VR app will give you more of a feel for how it all will look when you’re up there. Taking your presentation slides and putting them on the virtual screen means you can rehearse your talk with a VR audience listening to every word. This sounds like an expensive option just to get your nerves under control, but this could run using your smartphone and Google’s very cheap Cardboard headset.
Android

4. Ummo

We can all litter our speech with filler words to fill the silence. Sliding too many “umms”, “ahhhssss” and “like, you knows” into a speech can harm your credibility. The big issue is these natural pauses in your speech tend to be so natural you won’t realise you’re doing them. Speech coaching app Ummo can help with your presentation practice. It records and transcribes your speech as you practice and highlights when you use filler words. The idea is that this will help you get greater control over your speech and identify the moments when you are most likely to use filler words.
iOS

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5. Presentation Clock

This seems obvious but, now people use watches less and less, it’s good to be able to see how long you’ve been talking. Presentation Clock allows you to keep track of how much time you’ve got left. Its simple design (a large timer) means that it does the job while not being obtrusive or too hard to follow in the heat of the moment. The countdown can also be set to turn yellow then red at variable thresholds and when time runs out the colours invert (black on red) to indicate the length of the over-run.
iOS and Android

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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