I’ve always been the type to fully write out my talks and speak from that. So when I used my iPad yesterday, I had to modify my document for reading purposes. The 9 point font was just a little too hard to see, so I jumped it up to 17 points. Perfect.
I was also a little curious as to how I was going to access my file. After playing around with it for a few minutes, put copies of the document in both word and pdf formats in dropbox. I was able to open the word doc in pages and transfer the pdf into iBooks. In the end, I liked having it in iBooks. What I loved most about the iPad as a place to display my notes was that it was smaller, more compact and freed up my hands a little more. At several weddings, I’ve been given a microphone to hold and balancing my notes with a microphone on a windy day is not fun. Holding a microphone still isn’t ideal, but with the iPad, I can hold it with one hand and turn the page with one finger touch.
I haven’t played with it yet, but I need to change the setting so the iPad to not go to sleep and the screen go to black. This way I can use it more effectively for notes when I speak, which I’ll test out this summer at camp… maybe even a few times before then.
The only thing I felt I needed to be cautious of was making sure I had a paper backup. I couldn’t imagine having any problems, but I did print out a copy of the ceremony. I left it in the car, but I think that next time I’ll keep it in my coat pocket. If my iPad had failed, it would have been awkward to say, “hold, on a sec… let me go grab my notes from my car.” Secondly, I’ll need to test the screen backlight settings. I did a wedding not too long ago where they had a low light setting. It would have probably looked weird for me to have a bright screenÂ illuminatingÂ my face during the ceremony.
When doing a quick web search, I found they do make super cool podiums for the iPad. How great is that?
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