Presenter’s Christmas List for 2009

Happy Holidays!

Here’s my Presenter’s Christmas List for 2009:

Cliff Atkinson’s new book: The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever. Atkinson is the author of Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire and I can’t wait to see what he has to say about social media tools in presentation situations.

Price: $23.09 on

A subscription to SlideRocket. SlideRocket is web-based presentation software with media and graphic effects you can’t get in PowerPoint.

Price: $12.00/mo. ($120/yr) for individuals; $24.00/mo. ($240/yr); a limited-features version is available for free.

Oasis Storyboard Pads (from Beautiful, large 11X17 pads for developing your slide ideas.

Price: $32.00 for one; $29.00 for two or more (plus shipping).

A subscription to Prezi is web-based presentation software with a twist: instead of working in linear form, slide-by-slide, you work on a presentation “canvas” and zoom in/out as needed. A totally NEW way to do your presentations.

Price: €39/yr for Private Prezi version (no logos and other features); €119/yr for a Pro account including an offline editor; a limited-features version is also available for free.

The second edition of Richard Mayer’s book  Multimedia Learning. This is a superb, highly-recommended, every-presenter-should-read-this kind of book. Dr. Mayer’s work is what inspired me to study presentations and write my book and start this blog!

Price: $31.49 on

Impatica ShowMate – Project your presentations from a smartphone! Small device connects to Blackberry, Sony Ericsson and Windows Mobile smartphones to show PowerPoint slides or screen contents.

Price: $249.99 (plus shipping).

Dan Roam’s book: The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures. This is a great book on how to use pictures and drawings effectively in your presentations.

Price: $16.98 on

A subscription to “We make killer videos from your images automatically.” Upload some images, add your soundtrack (or choose one of theirs) and let Animoto make the coolest video you have ever seen. For me, it’s not so much a total replacement for slide presentations as something you can use to create video pieces to use within your presentation.

Price: $30.00/year for individuals; $249.00/year professional subscription.

A ticket to one of Edward Tufte’s one-day seminars on presenting data and information. Dr. Tufte is a noted authority on the design and presentation of information and data. He publishes the most beautiful books on information design.

Price: $380.00 (includes all four of his books!).

Chewing gum. For them (maybe they had garlic and onions for lunch) and for their audience. In an earlier post, I talked about some research I’d read about the use of gum (specifically cinnamon gum) to help enhance cognitive activity. Just for fun, here’s a few gum-related links:

May you have a wonderful and joyous holiday season and all the best to you in 2010!



*Photo Credit: nmagallan(ID:673646;


One response to “Presenter’s Christmas List for 2009

  1. Cliff Atkinson

    Thanks for including my new book on the Christmas list – I hope you enjoy it! Happy holidays!

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