Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Shaking Book effect in Keynote

Thank you to all those who’ve come by to visit my website following the podcast with David and Katie over at the Mac Power Users’ site.

I thought as a reward I would post a video of the “Shaking Book” effect as I call it, which I discussed in the podcast. I start most of my workshops, no matter the subject, with it. It follows my first slide which is usually just the title of the presentation du jour. The point is to inform the audience that no matter what they may learn on the day, I’m hoping they walk out happy they attended, and this is indeed what I actually say.

But the other unspoken message of showing the shaking book slide, right up front, is several-fold:

1. This will not be your usual dull, disengaging Powerpoint.

2. Even if you’re an old hand at presenting, and have attended lots of such trainings, you ain’t seen nothing yet = raising expectations (Contrary to Barry Schwart’z message)

3. Stamps my authority as an expert Keynote user since the effect is not one you can merely select but must create yourself, thus displaying a depth of knowledge of what Keynote can accomplish.

So, here’s the video, and beneath it, the Keynote slide and the Inspector so you can go figure out how it was done.

Now, there is a little more to this video than first meets the eye. Go back and have a second look. Note that the video seems to come between the open pages of the book, not from behind. Your mission, Mr. Phelps, is to figure out how that was achieved.

And here’s the Inspector (click to enlarge):


There is a little more to it in terms of what all these elements in the Inspector achieve but I’m sure you can figure out some of the magic for yourself!

PS. I will not be returning to Macworld 2013 next February. Perhaps in 2014 depending on the direction Macworld heads.

Presentation Magic interviewed about presentation workflow, Keynote and helpful presentation equipment on the 5×5 podcast: Mac Power Users

I had an opportunity yesterday to be interviewed by lawyers, bloggers and Mac Power users David Sparks and Katie Floyd for their Mac Power Users podcast on the 5 x 5 podcast network. Our subject was Presentation Skills and workflow, and Keynote gets a good mention as well as some of the other tooks I use.

You can hear and the podcast and note links to items mentioned here:

The podcast is more than 90 mins and I hope you enjoy. Feedback and questions welcomed. You’ll hear us occasionally walk over each other and me do more than my customary “ums and “ahs” due to the nature of Skype audio (I’m in Australia and they’re in the US on the west and east coast).