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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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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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