Turn your surface into a digital flip chart
Are you ready to have a powerpoint cremation and increase your impact by only using a flipover? Why not draw on your surface and use the beamer or big display to reach all people in the room? After using this technique, you will have more control over your presentation and keep people awake a lot longer!
My favorite dutch speaker Remco Claassen says never share the stage with something that shines brighter than yourself. What does he mean? Never compete with your own slides! Don’t create a powerpoint presentation and read your slides outloud. Your audience does not need you for this. They can probably read themselves. You can’t win from 600 Lumen anyway.
I’m a big fan of using a flipchart to create visuals while you are talking but sometimes it can be hard to read what you are drawing from the back of the room.
Use a (digital) flipchart
If you want to create more impact while speaking in public, use a flipchart to draw pictures.
In this great talk from Jos Burgers Jos uses a device (go to 7 minutes and 20 seconds) to draw pictures that are sent to the beamer. I though this was a great idea and tried to find some software that could do this.
What does it look like?
Do you want to have that too? This is what you need
A device to draw on (a surface, android phone or tablet with a pen) and either:
- a beamer or screen that accepts projection
- a Windows 10 device to connect to the beamer. Windows 10 can be a projection target
When you speak at a conference, you never know if the beamer accepts projection. My advice is to bring your own device and I’ll decribe what you need to do to get the following hardware connected:
- Surface Pro 3
- Surface Pen
- Macbook with Windows 10
Setup pen on surface
The Surface pro 3 comes with a great app called Sketchpad. It’s a lightweight app that allows you to draw and clear pages (like flipping a flipchart) easily. To start it with the pen, connect your surface pen in the bluetooth settings:
- Open Pen settings and start Sketchpad in the Click once section:
- Test if Sketchpad opens by clicking the pen.
Allow your laptop to accept projections from the surface
- Open the projection settings on the laptop that you are going to connect to the beamer:
Allow your PC to receive projections. As you can see, my PC name is
Your machine is now ready to receive projections. Hook it up to a beamer and let’s try to project from the Surface.
Project from surface to other Windows 10 device
- Open the Display flyout
- choose connect to a wireless display
- Choose the target (In this case
- Accept incoming projection.
EINDHOVENis the name of my surface
And you are good to go! Your devices are connected and you just need to click the pen to start drawing on the big screen!
If you project from one wireless device to another, make sure the network you are on allows video streaming.