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Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has proved again that he’s no slouch when it comes to technology. One of the richest men in the United States he made his money selling information display systems. And his current display system of choice? An iPad. That’s because a new iPad was spotted in New York this week helping in a Mayor Bloomberg speech.

Mayor Bloomberg speech
Mayor Bloomberg Speech Is Cued With A New iPad

He’s using an iPad to help him organise his office, his schedule and no doubt his life. And, importantly, he’s using the iPad to help him with his speeches. That’s great news. Not least because it reinforces the feeling that speakers are actively looking for alternatives to PowerPoint and other innovative ways to present.

Speaker Aid For Mayor Bloomberg Speech

Using a back lit iPad has its advantages in a darkened auditorium. And it’s apparently not much different to using an autocue; a device with which the Mayor should be familiar. Of course, the iPad in the Mayor Bloomberg speech sits on his lectern. And, consequently it’s well below eye level. So, already there’s a clear difference between the iPad as a speaker aid and autocue. However there are clearly some advantages. Because otherwise we can’t imagine that Mayor Bloomberg would use the iPad for his speech. So, those advantages probably include:

  1. You can write, edit and rehearse your speech with one device. So no need for autocue practice.
  2. It’s really simple to share your speech for comments.
  3. You can present with your iPad, setting the fonts and typeface to something really legible.
  4. Your speech is safe and secure on one device.

And, of course, those advantages probably count for a lot with a busy man like Mayor Bloomberg and his speeches.

However, the big question remains. Is the iPad still cool now it’s been spotted as a speaker aid?

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Now based in London, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK.

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  • Interesting read, thanks! I finally see the larger picture :)

  • Good to hear that your iPod works so well, but will you try out the iPad…even if you don’t use the iPad as a speech autocue?

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  • I adore my ipod. I got one as soon as I could and do not regret it at all. Its so fabulous to use and the technology is excellent. I use it most every minute.

  • Thanks for the very good explanation! Well done.

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