Favorite Presentation Apps

The new year is about new beginnings, fresh starts and clean slates. I don’t know about you, but I love to use this time to truly evaluate what needs to stay or be deleted on my devices. If an app hasn’t been unused for more than one month, it’s time to clear the clutter and say goodbye. My focus lasers in on removing the unnecessary and keeping the essential.

If public speaking or giving presentations are at the top of your list for 2014, here are few apps that need to make your download list.

Special Note: These are in no particular order of importance. Also, I deliberately avoided suggesting apps you probably already know and love like Keynote, Haiku Deck or Prezi. I want to focus on the apps you probably don’t think about on a regular basis.

Keynote Remote – Free

If you utilize Keynote, then you need to check out Keynote Remote — especially if love to be hands-free when presenting and use an iPad. As you know, iPads don’t have a USB port, so physical remotes are never an option when using Keynote on your iPad. Enter Keynote Remote. It turns your iPhone into a remote. Absolutely beautiful!

iA Writer – $4.99

The best presentations consist of great content. If you are the type of person who likes to script out your content, then you need to check out I/A Writer. It’s a stripped down word-processing app that allows you do one thing: Focus on creating great content.

OmniOutliner 2 – $29.99

If outlining your message is your thing, then there is no better app than OmniOutliner. It’s a very powerful and simple tool for getting your thoughts in a logical order.

MindMeister – Free

For those who love to mind map and do deep brainstorming in preparation for a presentation, MindMeister is an app worth downloading. It also works across many devices and via the web. It’s one of my go-to apps for bigger talks.

Evernote – Free

Let’s say you are researching a certain topic or find a great quote worth sharing in your next presentation. Turn to Evernote to track all of your ideas. It works across multiple devices and is another one of my go-to apps for capturing and remembering everything.

Those are few in my personal arsenal. What’s in yours?

About the Author

Scott Schwertly is the author of How to Be a Presentation God and CEO of Ethos3, a Nashville, TN-based presentation boutique providing professional presentation design and training for national and international clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to branded individuals like Guy Kawasaki. If Scott is not working with his team building presentations, you will find him in the pool, on the bike, or on a long run. Scott lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and three dogs. He has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Harding University.