The Secret Brilliance of Apple Airplay

Somewhere around minute 17 of Apple's iPhone 4 event on September 1st, 2010 – Steve Jobs announced a change in a limited, early adopter-centric product: AirTunes had become Airplay. Honestly, in an event that included a Steve Jobs presentation and a new iPhone, most of my attention was focused elsewhere (Quick autobiographical detail: I flew from Caracas to San Francisco to see what turned out to be the introduction of the first iPhone, in 2007) – If only I had realized, what that change meant for me and my business.

Presentations are important to me. I have seen lives changed by the right message, delivered by the right person at the right time. The ability to speak in public and help others improve their own abilities, has improved my life and given me a treasured career.

My decade at ERC has been full of changes in virtual, time-shifted and long-distance presentations. Millions have attended presentations delivered from around the world, many thousands have delivered them. But in-person presentations have changed little. Technologies like smartphones, tablets, connected TVs and, yes, Airplay (as well as Android and Windows-based peers) will change in-person presentations – quickly.

Airplay Mirroring: On

AppleTV is an experimental product that is perpetually high-potential. The last two or three years have ended with speculation about Apple's Living Room Strategy – The discussion usually begins with the AppleTV and related future products.

I believe the AppleTV has a place in the boardroom.

Connect the device to a flat panel screen or a projector, and you have a presentation tool that offers presenters a great deal of power and flexibility – whether your content is based on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Slides and Apps

Presentations look beautiful on phones and tablets. This trend will improve continuously, as people move more computer activity to devices and the cloud. Airplay Mirroring (and related technologies) allow you to project whatever is on your small screen on the big screen.

Need to show and demo a live web page? open it on your browser, tap, pinch-to-zoom. Brainstorm collaboratively or draw, live on screen, no need for a flip chart. The possibilities are endless when you mirror your camera app: from showing a small object, to showing yourself or even the audience – live on-screen. Photos, music and videos are easy and you can walk your audience through any document – without a remote.

Your level of control is amazing. Like a disc jockey with music, you can seamlessly switch between different streams of content on different devices. Planning is key, but if you have a point you wish to prove through Angry Birds, it has never been easier.

The future looks interesting for presenters – We must continuously improve our skills, as our toys become cooler.

One Infinite Legacy, or one more fanboy tribute

When Apple Co-Founder and CEO, Steve Jobs retired six weeks ago, I feared that one day soon, reality would puncture the "reality distortion field" that seemed to surround this remarkable man. Yesterday, it did.

When I was a child, I would spend hours mesmerized by MacDraw and MacPaint, Adobe Photoshop, Specular Infini-D and KPT Bryce. Before I knew what design was, or what art could mean to my life; I figured there was a Mac involved somewhere.

When I learned about the long-departed co-founder, who had put a pirate flag on his building, who loved Dylan and The Beatles – who had a sense of humor and real anger – I was fascinated. When I started to operate as a young artist in the world of business training – I paid attention and took notes. Here's a worldly, highly intelligent, tasteful college dropout, whose mission is to change the world through passion, belief, vision… and yes, (once more) passion. Passion is everything.

This ability to focus concurrently on the big picture and on the details, is what sets great leaders apart.

In 1997, he managed to turn himself and the company he co-founded around. Maturity made him a better leader and his sense of design and human interaction made a better Apple. I watched his first keynote as iCEO, and watched every subsequent presentation. I learned important, life-changing lessons with every viewing.

The most important lesson, shone a light on my own treasures. My father, David Charner is an amazing presenter, trainer and leader. This statement will ring true to the thousands who have taken his courses. He and Steve Jobs were born the same year. Their presentation styles have some differences, but a lot in common. In their capable hands, information turns into dreams, possibilites and action. They are presenters who share a piece of themselves and project their passions on their audiences. I witnessed the same passion in my mother, Barbara Martinez's AIDS prevention workshops.

I was in the audience when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld. If a presentation can give you six months of extreme anticipation, and make $599 seem affordable; it's a great presentation.

I always looked forward to the new effects he'd use, to see what would eventually creep in to my new version of Keynote.

Pixar is amazing too!

One Infinite Legacy