(Yes, Jason, you can use me as a Case Study =P )
Normally, I never write posts telling you about how great a single company is, but, in this case, I feel it is absolutely necessary. Every presentation I give now, I quickly upload to DocStoc before I go up and tweet out the URL. (They also have a ridiculous amount of legal forms and business plans on the site as resources, just an FYI). The reason for this is easy access for the crowd and in case of technical glitches.
First and foremost, I do it so that those that are looking to feverishly write down slide notes or anything of that nature, don’t have to worry about it. Anything that is in the slide you can quickly and easily get to right away. This gives everyone the opportunity to really pay attention to the presentation and speaker (in this case me, and we all know I want all eyes on me!). As I mention also, I tweet the URL out, so it is easy to get to.
Now, in regards to technical issues. I never thought this would happen because I am a know-it-all geek (hint: sarcasm). But, guess what, shit happens and it happened yesterday. (Side Note: I must say Beverly Macy and Rodney Rumford both did a good job of engaging the crowd during this until we could figure out a solution). As I went up to speak yesterday at Gravity Summit, my presentation was loaded completely funky and almost half of it was missing. This includes all the cool and fun animations that I put together that helped frame the stories I was trying to tell. But, no matter what we tried, it didn’t work and I had to think of a solution fast. I knew I had it up on DocStoc and figured we could just run with that. Now, the animations didn’t work because it was hosted on their site, but, still, after experiencing the technical issues that I did, this was AMAZING.
Yesterday, DocStoc truly came to the rescue in that it gave me an opportunity to present slides that I thought I was not going to be able to get to because of a technical glitch. I still have no idea what the issue was, or, how it arose for that matter. But, at the end of the day, being able to show the visual cues that I needed to was the most important thing possible at the time and DocStoc gave me the opportunity to do that.