Quick Hits Friday: PowerPoint Presentations on the iPad, Google Hangouts

With ABA TECHSHOW next week, Conference Season is here!

The wonderful season for added networking, learning and, yes, giving PowerPoint presentations. Since the iPad, however, the experience of presenting has changed. No longer are presenters tied to the stage, tied to a podium or even tied just to using PowerPoint. As speaking veteran Paul Unger points out in the opening of the first of a two-part series, speakers using iPads  are free to move about the stage, or the court room, and engage in ways previously reserved for meetings in company board rooms. His posts offer some tips on using your iPad to present at trial, starting with getting your PowerPoint on your iPad. The important part comes in Part 2, where he walks you through how to setup Apple TV so you can present like a pro in the courtroom. He even offers a backup plan, just in case you need it.

Just as the iPad has changed presenting anywhere, Google Hangouts is quickly becoming a communication tool for lawyers. Heidi Alexander, a Law Practice Management Advisor at the Massachusetts law Office Management Assistance Program, makes the case for video conferencing, changing the game for client meetings, real time collaboration and how lawyers market themselves, and their services. One of her marketing suggestions is to “live-stream seminar with Google Hangouts on Air for referral sources, clients, and potential clients.” Recording and saving such a seminar using Google Hangouts on Air makes for easy sharing via YouTube, or on your website or blog.

Recording and saving a seminar using Hang Outs on Air got Joe Kelly thinking. A seasoned web developer who recently graduated from Michigan State University College of Law and joined Novaus Law, he wondered how Google Hangouts will function as the new legal interface. He takes you through the routine of being a lawyer:  holding a client meeting, reviewing tasks and documents. Typical. But what happens if a lawyer leaves a law firm? Google Hangouts as the new legal interface, suggests Joe, means issues of communication between lawyer and client are simplified, and in the event of a lawyer leaving, it contains a record of everything, so whoever steps in can quickly be brought up to speed. It suggests a smoother transition for client, lawyer and law firm. Put another way: Google Hangs as the new legal interface offers a level of client experience yet to be reached.

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  • Paula Marie Young

    I’ve been using Google Hangouts, YouTube, and WebinarJam to create content I can make available to a much broader audience. I am very impressed by this opportunity.