Being a speaker worth listening to is an art, but most presentations aren’t built entirely from scratch. With a clever, Evernote-backed filing system, you can quickly stash and pull up your best jokes, quotes, statistics, themes and images.
Using Evernote as a kind of outboard brain isn’t anything new, but leadership speaker Michael Hyatt illustrates a very practical use of the universal capture tool. Hyatt uses Evernote’s capture tools to grab snippets of blog posts, paper book passages (see the annotated, highlighted example in the passage above), and straight-up text that contain bits and pieces he might use in a future presentation. The key to making it all work is being gratuitous in labelling, tagging and describing why these bits make sense, but it’s likely a lot easier than staring at a blank document and trying to bring it all up from your grey matter.
A Better Filing System for Public Speakers (and Writers) [Michael Hyatt via @steverubel]