Business Etiquette: iPad Presentation Do’s and Don’ts

We all love the convenience and fun factor of our iPads – at work, home and on-the-go. Before your next big iPad presentation at the office consider these do’s and don’ts:

Do power up your iPad before your workday. There’s nothing worse than losing power half-way through your presentation. For peace of mind, slip your mophie powerstation or juice pack in your bag, just to be on the safe side.

Do save yourself time by using Dropbox. As much as I love my iPad, I still find it easier to put presentations together on my laptop or computer. With Dropbox, I can prepare my PowerPoint presentation on my laptop and then easily transfer a copy of the file to my iPad. Keep reading for an app you’ll want to download to make presenting a breeze.

Do download in advance. Before your iPad presentation, be sure to download any apps or programs you may need beforehand…including Keynote for iPad to ensure your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation will load. Seconds can feel like minutes when you aren’t prepared.

Do clear your web history. Your favorite shopping sites and blogs shouldn’t be on display when you’re in the boardroom. A quick clearing of your web history is an easy fix.

Don’t skin your iPad in bling. Outfit your iPad in a sleek, understated cover. Nothing too glitzy, bright or busy when you are giving a presentation to a conservative group.

Don’t forget your VGA adapter
. Your VGA adapter will allow you to easily project your iPad presentation onto a VGA-equipped TV, monitor or projector. You’ll want to check with the venue beforehand to make sure the screen is VGA-friendly. I always bring a backup copy of my presentation on a USB drive in case I need to revert to a laptop.

Don’t let texts get in the way of your reputation. Remember to turn your text preview notifications off before you present (look in your iPad settings under notifications>messages). Your best friend may have the best intentions when she asks if you landed the deal, but it’s not something you want to pop up for others to see!

Your iPad should make presenting more interactive as you navigate with ease. Leave your clients and colleagues impressed at just how prepared you are by observing my do’s and don’ts.

Happy Presenting,


Diane Gottsman

Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette expert and modern manners professional, sought out industry leader, television personality, accomplished speaker, Huffington Post blogger, author, and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and etiquette training. Diane is routinely quoted in national and international media including The New York Times, The BBC, CNN, Bloomberg Business Week, Kiplinger, Huffington Post Canada, U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes. She is the resident etiquette expert for two popular morning talk shows, SA Living and Good Day Austin. She has been seen on The TODAY Show, HLN Headline News, WGN Chicago, and CBS Sunday Morning. Her clients range from university students to Fortune 500 companies and her workshops cover topics ranging from tattoos in the workplace to technology at the dinner table and the proper use of social media.


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