There are two days left before the big client presentation and you've been preparing for it for almost a month now. You're working through the last bit of feedback from your team and tweaking the content of your slides when you start questioning if you'll even be able to deliver the deck flawlessly. Will you be able to seamlessly transition between the deck and the high-resolution video you've prepared? Will you even have Internet access in the conference room from where you'll be presenting? It's these last-minute challenges that can turn you from a powerful persuader into an incoherent mess, relying on a variety of verbal fillers as you struggle through a cringe-inducing delivery.
At Viget, we use both Google Slides and Keynote to present to various audiences. Google Slides shines when asynchronous team collaboration is needed, but I find Keynote more reliable in those high-stakes meetings when everything needs to be perfect. This was really driven home to me a few days before a big client presentation — we rehearsed using Slides and had even planned out how we would seamlessly switch between applications to show the presentation, play a fullscreen video, and then return to where we left off. Even after multiple rehearsals the transitions were still more awkward than we desired, so we had to quickly export the entire presentation from Slides into Keynote. It sounds complicated, but with some simple steps and a custom Automator application (download it here), you can do it too. Here's how: