Choosing a Presentation Remote Control

If you deliver digital presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint or other presentation software programs, how do you advance to the next or previous slide? You can move forward to the next slide with the keyboard or the mouse or even have someone else help you but this can be awkward or keep you locked in near your laptop. For more professional results, use a presentation remote control to easily navigate through your slide shows.

Remote Features

Many projectors come standard with a remote but features vary and may not always be easy to use. A better choice is to use your own personal presentation remote control. When evaluating a remote, look for these features and decide what is important to you:

  • Ergonomic and easily fits in your hand. Keep in mind that you might be using the remote for an hour or an entire day. Plus, a smaller remote will usually have fewer and more accessible buttons, fits in your pocket, and is great for travel.
  • Simple to use. In most cases, a smaller, ergonomic remote is easy to use but test it before buying. One of my friends loves her small remote which is only about the size of a matchbook. The tradeoff is she needs to press 2 buttons together to make the screen go black, a feature that doesn’t always work.

I was reminded of the importance of an easy to use remote when I watched an excellent presenter pull out a huge remote that looked a price scanner gun from Home Depot. As he fumbled with a large panel of buttons, the remote dropped to the floor and broke open with batteries flying across the stage.

  • Transmit distance. Remotes operate with three different technologies: RF (wireless radio frequency), IR (infrared), and Bluetooth. There are also smartphone apps that can turn your device into a remote via WiFi or Bluetooth connections. A huge drawback with IR remotes is that you need to point the mouse directly at the receiver for it to work. You won’t likely find these anymore unless your office has some “old school” technology. Bluetooth remotes use the latest technology but currently have a maximum range of about 30′ while many RF remotes have a range of 50 to 100 feet. With some remotes, you can have your back to the laptop and move to the middle of an audience. What do you need for your presentations?
  • Built-in mouse. Some presenters will sacrifice a bit in size to get a built-in mouse, usually a small button like you see on some laptops. Other remotes have a track ball or a touch pad. I prefer a separate wireless mouse that I use for portions of my presentations. I find a built-in mouse to be too awkward but it might be great for your purposes.
  • Visible laser pointer. If you’d like a built-in laser pointer, make sure to test it for visibility and practice moving it slowly. Some of the pointers have such a small laser dot that it doesn’t show well on screen. Would an animation be a better way to highlight parts of a slide or a process?

While you can locate some remotes at your local computer store or office supply outlet, your best option may be to find someone who has a remote and try it out. My current remote is the Logitech Professional Presenter R800 which includes a green laser and a cool timer which vibrates to tell you when your presentation time is up. Price is around $80. I also often use a very simple finger ring remote (found on for $15) which makes it easy to discreetly navigate presentations while still offering the features of more robust presentation remote controls. Yes, I’m nerdy enough to actually pack two remote controls in my laptop bag.

There are many other models and brands to consider. Personally, I don’t like remotes loaded with tons of features that you might not need; these remotes are typically bigger or more complicated to use. Remember, you should be using a remote so that you don’t call attention to the technology and your audience can focus on your content.

Practicing with a Remote Control

After you buy a remote, practice with it before you use it. Don’t just try it at your desk, you need to also setup your laptop and remote and actually run through your presentation. The first time I did this, the screen kept going black or I would accidentally advance to the next slide. The problem wasn’t with the remote; it was that I was holding my presentation handout in the same hand and accidentally hitting a remote button through the handout. An easy adjustment but not obvious if my only rehearsal was in my office.

I personally like to choreograph my slide actions into my presentation notes to avoiding looking back at the projection screen to check my location. Or, setup your laptop in the meeting room so you can glance at the screen and still keep the connection with your audience.

Rehearsing with your remote should be a built-in part of your presentation rehearsal to avoid distracting your audience and accomplishing the goal of communicating your message.

Bonus Tip: Always bring extra batteries; many speakers change out batteries for every presentation. If possible, label the remote or put several business cards in the carrying case in the event that your remote is misplaced.

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Common Questions About Negotiating a Settlement With an Insurance Company

Were you involved in a car accident, or the victim of medical malpractice? Or perhaps you suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident because of negligence on behalf of the property owner.

Whatever your case, insurance companies are notorious for trying to lowball clients with insufficient settlements, leaving them unable to pay for medical treatment. Unfortunately, people wanting a quick check fall for these tactics and find out too late the settlement wasn’t enough.

This is why it is important to understand the tricks of the trade when it comes time to negotiate your settlement with an insurance company, or hire a professional legal representative who can make sure you are fairly compensated.

Here are answers to a few of the most common questions about settlement negotiation with an insurance company and what you can expect.

How Does the Negotiation Process Work?

The first step in the settlement process is to send a demand payment letter. In the letter, you should state the most compelling points about your case, and list the physical and financial damages resulting from the accident. Finally, you will suggest a settlement amount. (It is recommended that you learn more about how to write a demand payment letter before attempting to negotiate with an insurance adjustor.)

Upon the initial conversation with the insurance adjustor, after the demand payment letter has been sent, you and the adjustor will establish what each of you think about the strengths and weaknesses of your claim.

The adjustor will then make an offer lower than the amount requested in the demand letter. You should then counter with a higher offer, but one lower than the original request, and so on. It typically takes two or three phone calls before you both agree on a settlement in between.

How Do I Negotiate My Claim?

Before beginning the negotiation process, you should have determined what your claim is worth, and decide on a minimum settlement amount you are willing to accept. Do not reveal this number to the adjustor. It is just so you can make sure you don’t walk away with an amount that is less than appropriate.

Of course, be prepared to adjust your minimum offer lower if the adjustor points out valid weaknesses in your claim that you had not considered, or higher if the adjustor’s first offers are around your minimum figure.

Never agree to a first offer. Sometimes an adjustor originally suggests an unreasonably low settlement to test if the claimant knows what he or she is doing. By negotiating you show that you are reasonable and willing to meet at a number you both think is fair.

Some other tips for negotiating with an adjustor include:

· Getting the adjustor to justify a low offer

· Emphasizing emotional points of the accident

· Putting the settlement in writing once an agreement has been reached

How Can I Learn More About Negotiating with my Insurance Company?

One of the best ways to become skilled in negotiating with an insurance company is by talking to the experts -attorneys. Experienced lawyers deal with insurance providers on a regular basis, and are intimately familiar with lowball tactics, as well as what is a fair amount settle for.

Consult with an insurance bad faith attorney about ways you can negotiate with an adjustor to get the best settlement offer. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable negotiating on your own, consider hiring legal representation to intercede on your behalf to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Effective Presentations Guidelines

We make a presentation for an audience and we cannot ignore them as the whole purpose is to inform or educate them about a particular topic. While presenting it, you need to ensure a consistency throughout the presentation. It needs to be in sync with the brand image and company mission and objectives.

Prior to focusing on how to maintain a consistency we need to know why we need to be consistent and its importance. Format, font, font color and many other things when consistent ensure a professional look and approach towards the presentation. Apart from brand image, it also gives a flow to the presentation and connects with the audience.

You can use standard set templates for your presentation and if it’s a perfect one, half of your issues will be taken care off. A professionally designed template strikes a good balance between appearance and content; so that the focus is never taken of the main topic yet the looks are appealing to one and all. There are few basic key elements that are an important and integral part of template that include:

Color: Bland presentations fail to charm the audience and add to the boredom of audience. It has been observed that lack of color fails to attract and retain attention of the viewers. Though agreed that color are essential they should be wisely chosen and applied. You can use the same set of colors throughout the presentation. A template takes care of all this and the colors used are in accordance with the brand image and purpose is achieved. For example, titles or important word can be highlighted in a different color to attract attention or emphasize a particular point. Do keep in mind to use contrast as regards to font color and the color used in backdrop.

Fonts: fonts are as important as the colors and it’s essential to use standard fonts; if you are expected to give the presentation elsewhere it may happen that font applied is not installed in that machine and this will cause the format to be distorted. To avoid this, it’s advisable to use universal font style. Using odd fonts like cursive and all tend to take away the focus from the content and are not easy to read and comprehend too. Again, use 2-3 types of fonts depending on the content and need; do not use too many font styles.

Images/Graphics: Do remember that you are making a presentation and not an image or photo book. Insert images only if required; graphics are ideal in case the presentation is too wordy so that the length is altered or can also be used to take the presentation forward.

Formatting: This is important when you are not using a template and right from the 1st slide to the end everything needs to be in sync and perfect. Incomplete formatting makes the presentation look messy and cluttered. Easier and appropriate solution is to use professionally designed templates.

The ideal way is to go for a professionally designed template so that the relevant content in terms of quality and quantity and appearance. You can also take help from design companies that will give you tailor made and professional presentations.