As our society becomes increasingly mobile, lawyers are likewise relying less on their computers to get things done. Instead, lawyers are using their mobile devices stay on top of their busy practices. This is because the utility and capabilities of tablets and smartphones is getting better with each passing day. Resourceful lawyers are taking advantage of this trend, allowing them to be more responsive to their clients while simultaneously giving them the flexibility to work from any location instead of being tethered to their law offices.
Lawyers can accomplish many tasks using their mobile devices, including communicating with clients and colleagues, running their law practices using web-based practice management software, reviewing and annotating documents, and even scanning and sharing documents. Another task that can be accomplished using iPads is creating and running presentations for meetings, depositions, or even at trial.
The trick is knowing the ins and outs of using your iPad for presentations–a topic that was covered during a seminar at during ABA Techshow earlier this year. During a session titled, “Easy and Effective Presentations From Your iPad,” Jeff Richardson and Bjorn Christianson shared tips about using your iPad for presentations while Stephanie Crowley took visual notes of this session on behalf of MyCase. The visual notes from that session can be found below along with some of our favorite tips from the session and links to sites that provide further information (click to view larger image):
1. The best apps for presentations. Keynote is the best tool to use for presentations on your iPad. Keynote is designed to help you easily create presentations and for that reason, it’s the best choice. But, the presenters explained that there are other apps you can use as well, including GoodReader, GoodNotes, Timeline3D, and DocsToGo. If you’re not yet familiar with Keynote, this site provides helpful Keynote for iOS tutorials.
2. Tips for effective slides. The presenters offered lots of great tips for creating effective slides to supplement your meeting or courtroom appearance. First, they recommended using the simple white background theme with slides that have the standard 4:3 width ratio. Include one picture on each slide and no more. And also avoid using lots of words on each slide–doing so only distracts your audience. Finally, to improve on the images that you use, make use of Keynote tools Mask and Instant Alpha. Another tool suggested by the presenters is Magic Move, a Keynote tool used to create animations. You can learn more about Magic Move here.
3. What to bring with you. The presenters emphasized the importance of being prepared. One way to do this is to make sure to bring the right tools with you to your presentation, including a lightning Digital AV Adaptor, a ziplock filled with (labeled) extra cables, a mifi hotspot or a smartphone with a hot spot enabled, an external battery, Monster Power Outlets To Go, and Apple TV if you’ll be taking part in a group presentation.
4. Think ahead. Other useful advice offered by the presenters included: 1) bring a cheat sheet with notes about your presentation, 2) show up early so you can scope out the venue and the setup, 3) bring multiple backups of your presentation, both hard copies and in the cloud, and 4) expect that things may go wrong and roll with it when they do.