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NEW :: Make Beautiful Presentations Easily with Haiku Deck 2.0

Last fall, I reviewed Haiku Deck, a free iPad app that lets users create attractive presentations very simply. The app intentionally limits what you can put on a slide (we call those constraints and I’m a big fan of them) and also recommends Creative Commons images based on the text you type on the slide. Clever.

The company has now released its 2.0 version of the app, responding to user requests by adding charts, lists, and a number of usability enhancements. The app’s simplicity still helps you keep the focus of your presentation on storytelling instead of zippy but meaningless animations and effects.

I’m looking forward to experimenting more with Haiku Deck in Renovate’s work. Right now, my presentation tool of choice is Apple’s Keynote. But I’m curious to see what I can do with Haiku Deck.

What if you don’t have an iPad? You’re out of luck–for now. The company has plans to develop the software for other platforms but hasn’t disclosed any details.

Here are a few news stories profiling the new version of Haiku Deck–very positive so far.

Techcrunch: “Haiku Deck was a great product when it launched back in August 2012, and a big version 2.0 update makes it even better today.”

TheNextWeb: “While the app already gathered very positive reviews when it was first released last August, its new features are welcome additions to its value proposition: make it dead-easy to create beautiful presentations on an iPad.”

betakit: “With notable bloggers already using the software, including Seth Godin, who had the most-viewed Haiku Deck of 2012 with over 200,000 views, the app seems to be catching on with both business and personal users.”

Xconomy: “The new version adds some features back—charts and graphs, lists, text management, easier sharing of the decks—based on “that flywheel effect of customer feedback,” which [CEO Haiku Deck Adam] Tratt calls “the hardest part of starting something new.”

“Three Keys” Recapped in the Lincoln Daily News

Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn, February 2013 - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

Deanne and I spoke to ~17 professionals from business, government, and non-profit organizations on “Three Keys to Better Presenting” at the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch & Learn session yesterday. Nila Smith from the Lincoln Daily News was on hand to report. She’s written a very complimentary article that appeared in the LDN today–thank you, Nila.

Thanks also to Jennifer, Andi, and Meghan at the Chamber for coordinating everything, and Peggy’s Place for the tasty lunch. Thanks as well to those who attended–your attention, questions, and conversations were terrific.

We talked about a few of the principles in the 9 guide, which you can download for free in the store.

If you’re in the Lincoln area, we’re planning an intensive workshop later this spring that will help you improve your speaking and presenting skills. Stay tuned for details.

Photo credit: Nila Smith, Lincoln Daily News

“Three Keys” Seminar – Tuesday, Feb. 26

Three Keys to Better Presenting - Renovate Communication Design, LLC

There are just a few seats left for the Lunch & Learn seminar we’re leading tomorrow, “Three Keys to Better Presenting.” If your presentations or talks need help, this will get you started. Everyone who attends will also receive a copy of our Presentation Renovation ebook/audiobook bundle as a thank you for participating.

The event is being hosted by the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce at the Lincoln Public Library and is open to the public. Contact Jennifer at the Chamber (events@lincolnillinois.com or 217-735-2385) ASAP for details–today’s the last day.

Announcing “9: A Simple Guide to Better Presentations”

9 - A Simple Guide to Better Presentations :: Renovate Communication Design, LLCYou’re trying to get noticed, to burst through, to get your crucial message heard.

How do you give a dynamic presentation that resonates, that cuts through the clutter and inspires your audience? How do you make something great?

Our new guide, 9 – A Simple Guide to Better Presentations, can help you get started.

Built to Get Results

9 is based on one of our workshop presentations as well as the solid principles in Presentation Renovation. It’s intended to help you think differently about how you present. This isn’t just about slide design–in fact, we want you to think about whether your presentation even needs slides. If you do use slides, though, you’ll find some advice for improving the appearance of your slidedeck.

And, in all humility, 9 looks great. We hope you’ll be inspired simply by the design of guide.

9 is available over in the Renovate Store now, and you can grab it for FREE. Please tell your friends.

Behind the Scenes (for the Geeks)

If you’re curious to know how we made 9, here’s what we used:

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Come Learn With Us

Have you ever wished you could crack the code to making great presentations? To leading a meeting or delivering a talk that motivates and inspires? To getting people to act?

Deanne and I will be offering a “Three Keys to Better Presenting” seminar with the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, February 26, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Lincoln Public Library. This is a Chamber “Lunch & Learn” event, and you can attend even if you’re not a member of the Chamber. We’re confident you’ll leave with new ideas to move your presentations from boring to better.

Cost for the event, which includes your lunch and the program, is only $15 for members ($25 for non-members). As a special bonus, everyone who attends will receive a copy of our Presentation Renovation eBook/audiobook bundle for FREE.

Please contact Jennifer at the Chamber (events@lincolnillinois.com or 217-735-2385) by February 25 to register–space is limited.

We’ll look forward to seeing you.