My Keynote Speaking Setup for The 2010 SATW Convention

My Keynote Setup

I’ve been invited to give the keynote address to the 2010 Society of American Travel Writers convention in Germany. This will be one of the most important keynotes I will ever do. From what I can tell, the SATW holds their convention in a different place every year and cities bid for them to come. This actually makes a lot of sense. If you’re the head of tourism for your country, wouldn’t you want 400+ travel writers to come and write about how great your cities are?

The convention is spread across two cities. We will start in Dresden and finish in Leipzig. The final gala dinner will be held at the Porsche factory. It’s pretty clear to me that Germany is going all out to give these travel writers a truly memorable experience.

For the past few days, I’ve been working on a keynote that I hope will be up to the standards of a convention at this level. Helping me deliver this speech is an awesome lineup of Apple technology. I’ll be delivering the slides using Apple Keynote and a Macbook Pro. To make sure I stay on track, I loaded up Teleprompt+ onto my iPad. Teleprompt+ is an awesome iPad app and one I recommend to every keynote speaker. It has a wide range of speed adjustments and can even record your voice as well.

I’ll be flying to Germany this Thursday and speaking on Saturday. Wish me luck!

23 thoughts on “My Keynote Speaking Setup for The 2010 SATW Convention”

  1. Harshad says:

    So you got a nice tele prompting software for your iPad. Awesome man… Soon we’ll see everyone using iPads as tele prompters.

    1. Never thought of using the iPad as a teleprompter. Very cool. Good luck!

      1. Hey John,

        Good luck with you speech and enjoy the trip.

        Your set up looks great. Do record from the teleprompter, I’m curious how it will sound and of course what you have to say.


        1. d3so says:

          The teleprompt is really useful. I never knew they had an app for that.

  2. PPC Ian says:

    John, that’s awesome! You have been doing a lot of speaking lately, something I admire quite a bit. I hope to do more public speaking in the future.
    All the best,

  3. Nice setup mane!

    Makes me want to fly out to Germany and check it out…

    Good luck!

  4. Tom Weyers says:

    Glad to hear you got the teleprompter app, I have a couple on my iPhone 4, one of which also records your voice, although I couldn’t find where it actually stores the recorded file. It’s a real handy thing to have.

    Anyway, Good luck with the Keynote.

  5. Matt says:

    Well good luck to you John.

    MacbookPro and iPad, cool gadgets man. maybe Jobs is reading this post.

    1. d3so says:

      Steve jobs has more important things to do than to read a post @ 😉

  6. CathyP says:

    Hey John, Have a great trip, I’m sure the travel trade will treat you well !
    All the best

  7. Germany is a great place.I went to Berlin and it was awesome.

    1. I haven’t been to Berlin but places like Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and the Black Forest.The Black Forest is my favorite but the other places were good to visit too.

      1. d3so says:

        I’ve never been to Germany before but I’ve heard it’s a great place. Is really called the black forest or is that the English translation?

  8. Here’s wishing you luck in Germany. Isn’t it Octoberfest over there?

    1. He’s going to former East Germany. Things are changing there but they used to be small beer drinkers. If fact they were drinking beer from small glasses.

  9. That is one heck of a setup! Cant wait to see a video of it….

  10. fas says:

    Can you show this to us?

    1. John Chow says:

      I am not sure if the SATW will be recording the video but I’ll turn on the Telepromt+ record feature and record my keynote.

  11. Larry says:

    wow that is amazing! have a good time in germany.

  12. Tim says:

    Hi John, This is Tim from Bombing Brain Interactive, the makers of Teleprompt+. Good luck with your presentation. Please let us know how it works out for you and if there is anything you’d like to see added or improved! Enjoy!

    1. John Chow says:

      Hey Tim, the built in clock seems to be off. It counts way too fast.

      1. Tim says:

        It should update every second and is just an estimate of overall time but I’ll take a look. Thanks for letting me know!

  13. Essays says:

    The picture at left hand side is Apple Keynote? It looks like the same screen used by news casters at TV.

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