Presentation coolbox essentials: Keeping time
To prevent you looking at your watch or monitor and ensuring that you stay within the allotted time, a discreet portable timer is a useful visual reminder. The Time Timer is small - three inches by three inches - and quiet with an optional alert and is easy to set with the red disc clearly showing how many minutes are remaining.
If you have to leave your laptop unattended in the conference room for whatever reason, a security cable will slow down thieves. The Kensington Clicksafe keyed laptop lock attaches to your computer via the Kensington Security slot, which is found in 99pc of computers. This locks in one click and has a strong steel cable.
€102.69 inc VAT; vikingdirect.ie
Moving around and not staying stuck behind a lectern can add energy to your presentation. The Logitech Professional R700 Wireless Presenter has a wireless range of up to 30m, and allows you to control your slideshow. A red laser pointer lets you highlight key points and it comes with a three-year guarantee, while silent vibrating alerts keep you on track, time-wise.
The benefit of designing your own cue cards is that you can create ones tailored to your needs. Canva.com is a free, graphic design tool website that allows you to create presentations and flashcards. Simple to use, even if your design skills aren't great, it allows you to bold or resize text, or to change text colour to draw attention to important points.
Free; canva.com/ create/flashcards/
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