MonthAugust 2017

How Real Estate Agents Ace their Listing Presentations with Haiku Deck

We were pleasantly surprised to recently see Haiku Deck hailed yet again by real estate technology blog Inman as a way for agents to ace their listing presentations. We’ve known this ever since one of our earliest fans told the same publication about the time he used Haiku Deck to score a $1.4M property listing.

Turns out thousands of real estate professionals are using Haiku Deck for all kinds of presentations from market trends analyses to comparative market reports, to decks that showcase a neighborhood, to professional profiles or vacation rental marketing materials.  Aside from the fact  that Haiku Deck works great with iPad and iPhone (as well as the web), realtors love that sales and marketing materials can be easily shared through social media, embedded in blog posts, shared with clients as links, or downloaded to .pdf or .pptx formats for offline sharing and printing.

We’ve collected templates that can be instantly copied and customized, testimonial quotes, and more information on our real estate page, but thought we’d also share some of what we’re hearing on Twitter from real estate professionals around the world. If you’re using Haiku Deck to drive your real estate business, will you tell us your story? Drop us an email at

New! Live Presentations for Webinars, Remote Sales, and More

If you’re looking to offer live presentations for webinars, remote sales calls, or online classes, Haiku Deck’s new Live Presentation Mode is for you! This allows you to share your presentation playback from a browser to remote viewers no matter where they are or what connected device they’re using.  As the presenter navigates through slides on their web browser, the audience members will see the slides change on their screens, whether they’re across the room or across the world.

To use Live Mode, first sign into a Haiku Deck Premium account. If you’re a qualifying public-sector educator, you can get Live Mode through the Haiku Deck Classroom subscription level.

Next, visit the playback page for your presentation and look for the green GO LIVE button next to your slides.

When you click the Go Live button, you’ll see a special Live presentation URL. This is the link your audience members will need in order to join your presentation. Just copy it and share it in your meeting request, through email, or chat.

When this link is  clicked, viewers will be prompted to enter their name before they join the presentation.

The animation above shows three different browser windows. The audience-member experience is shown in the windows on the left in separate Firefox and Chrome browsers. The right side is the presenter’s view. As the presenter clicks to advance the slides, the audience stays in sync. Here’s a short video demonstration of the feature in action:

This feature has been tested on up to 150 simultaneous connected devices. 1:1 Classroom teachers who are familiar with products like Nearpod can use live mode in a similar fashion, driving a presentation from their device for students who are viewing from their own devices.

This works as well for desktop viewers as it does on mobile devices. It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting to someone across the board room on a browser or across the world on a connected iOS or Android device. The audience will see what you want them to see when you want them to see it. Questions? Learn more in our user guide.

Expert Presentation Tips from “The Communicator,” Gina London

At Haiku Deck, we’re all about helping you make presentations like an expert and, as part of that mission, we’re always searching for accomplished communicators and presenters from around the world. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Gina London, an Emmy winning former CNN correspondent and anchor who is now an internationally recognized communications strategist and consultant.  Author, speaker and writer of the weekly business column, “The Communicator” in Ireland’s largest circulated newspaper, The Sunday Independent, Gina is a Director with Fuzion Communications and an American who now calls Ireland home. Here’s what she had to say about delivering your message like an expert:

What is something you learned as a CNN correspondent and anchor that helps you with your communication clients?

Above all, I know how to take any topic and break it down into a memorable story and deliver it confidently.

The rigor of CNN’s 24-hour news cycle made me extremely adept at crystalizing. This means more than oversimplifying, it’s the skill to be able to synthesize the main points of something complex.

Too often,  business professionals “over-present.”  Their audience is taken on a meandering brain dump of information overload that leaves them guessing at the presenter’s main point, or perhaps worse, inferring the take-away on their own.

To be an effective communicator in the business world, you must be able to strategize about the main point your particular audience needs to know and then connect on that.   

If you had to name one thing that most communicators could do to improve the way their message lands, what would it be?

Hook any informational point to a human, emotional story.

I learned in CNN anchor training school – yes, there is such a thing – to remember that behind any story – no matter how seemingly dry – there are hopes, dreams or fears.

As a journalist, that didn’t mean to evoke or over dramatize, but to keep the real people in your audience top of mind.

In business, it’s the same.  Until the robots take over, real human people are in the room with you as a presenter.  So, I urge my executive clients to connect any point they want to make to a personal anecdote, illustration or example.

“Stories make messages stick” goes the cliché.  But it’s true.  Science shows that our brain lights up more receptors when we’re told stories that include additional sensory areas like descriptions of weather, feelings, vacations. Things we relate to on a human level.

When you give talks, what topics do you cover? (can you include links to any of your Haiku Decks for us to embed in the blog post?)

From Lagos, to London to Austin to Cairo, in addition to assisting my clients in crafting their own dynamic presentations, I speak at conferences all around the world on a wide-variety of communications and confidence topics.

I’ve presented on helping science and tech professionals connect with broader audiences to improving work-life balance, developing your professional and personal brand and taking control of your body language.  Crisis communications. The power of story-telling. Employee engagement. How not to sound like a robot. If it has to do with communications, I’m there!

I like my slides to be enhance and embroider what I say.  The themes of my images add another layer of interest to my talk.  Here’s my deck that recently backed me up for a lively, interactive presentation before the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. You’ll see, I chose a lot of funny, vintage shots for this one.

Network Dublin Body Language Nov 2016 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

But I don’t always.   My recent work/life balance presentation used shots from Cirque du Soleil as I talked about how we can all learn to “juggle.” Get it? Ha. Never mind. I promise, it was a fun presentation too. Oh, and I actually juggled three oranges at the end of it. Really. And didn’t drop.

As a public speaker, what are three things you do to get ready for a successful presentation?

I use the “AIM” approach and coach my clients to do this too.  AIM stands for Audience, Intent, Message.

First, really analyze who is in your audience. What are their hopes, dreams and fears? How can you best connect with them?  Put them first!  Then narrow your intent to a single action. What do you want your audience to really take away from your presentation? Too often, I find presenters don’t have this clearly defined and they try to do too much.

Finally, after deciding around points one and two, I craft a story to deliver a message that connects, captivates and is clear.

If your message isn’t memorable, then what was the point?

What’s your process for pulling a talk and accompanying slides together?

After I complete my AIM analysis, I think about the hook or the one or two stories I will weave throughout the presentation.

For instance, even if you’re going to be presenting a quarterly progress report, think about how much more fun – and therefore memorable – for your audience if you open with a personal or relatable story.

Like, you can’t believe you dinged your car over the weekend and how different the three estimates from three different mechanics were.  Then you segue from that – to the different projections your company heard from various investors – or something like that.

Then at the close of your numbers report, you refer back to you opening anecdote and reveal to your audience how much your car repair is going to cost and which garage you chose. Or that you just bought a new car? Or something.  This is called “the donut” approach to writing, and a simple, but useful device to retain your audience throughout a presentation.

People start to listen more and connect more because they can relate to the personal hook. Plus they’re shocked you’re not just jumping in with the typical “blah blah numbers, numbers.”

How did you first find out about Haiku Deck? 

Great question. I found PowerPoint extremely difficult to use.   There were too many choices and I was going bonkers trying to make my slides look professional.

I’m no graphics designer, but I knew that my arial font on a generic template looked icky.  Everything was looking too ‘PowerPointy.’ Exasperated, I Googled “Alternative Presentation Platforms” and Eureka!

I’ve been Haiku Deck Pro going on three years now and have created nearly a hundred unique decks.  I love it.

What reaction do you get from your audience when you speak at a conference or address a group? Do people notice your slides? 

I am always noticed as one who stands out from the norm.  The upbeat, fresh style of Haiku Deck matches my delivery style.

While I now have a graphics team I can farm things out to, I still make my own presentations because I don’t have to wait for the team to turn something around or try to imagine what look I’m going for. I can do it on my own more speedily – and still look like a graphics team did it!

The professional look combined with ease of use make Haiku Deck a game changer for me – and my clients.

How would you describe Haiku Deck to your clients?

I recommend Haiku Deck to all my clients. I tell them it’s super-easy to use and they will shake up their next employee or investor meeting or whatever  in a way that is extremely positive.  Every client who has tried Haiku Deck has thanked me.

What advice can you offer to Haiku Deck’s community as they think about their next public speaking engagement?

If you have taken the time to create a beautiful slide deck with Haiku Deck, you owe it to your audience to deliver in the same way. Practice out loud. Get off script. Tell stories to personally connect.  Have fun!  And get presentation coaching. Connect with me! Okay, I know. Shameless self promotion.

In short, Haiku Deck helps you “be the movie, not the book” – and that’s what all audiences hope they’ll receive when they sit down for a presentation.

Thanks, Gina, for taking the time to share your wisdom with our community! To learn more about using Haiku Deck to create expert presentations, visit or download our free iOS app from the iTunes app store.

Nonprofit Community Outreach Presentations: Guest Q&A with ADAO co-founder Linda Reinstein

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), who I knew as a long time Haiku Deck Pro Subscriber and fan.

From her website, I learned that Linda became an activist after her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related disease. What I did not know was that as a co-founder of ADAO, she frequently serves as a U.S. Congressional witness and had presented and delivered keynote speeches to the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA), the White House, U.S. Surgeon General, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nations.

Linda has frequently used Haiku Deck to inspire action, grow support, and rally a community around ADAO’s mission. Here’s what she had to say:

What advice do you have for nonprofits when it comes to sharing their story and inspiring their communities?

When I speak at a congressional hearing, about asbestos being legal and lethal today, I only have 5 minutes to make sure our collective story is seen, felt, and heard. When you have 5 minutes of your Senators time, when you have 5 minutes to sell a product, or to change public policy – you need to be clear and consistent. You realize pretty soon that short is better. I’ve forced myself to be clear, concise and consistent when I tell my story.

How can I, as a public health advocate, make you feel what I have lived through? How can you share what I know? How will you remember my presentation tomorrow?

I want people to remember the message and the way our stories made them feel. That’s how we will get lawmakers to understand and take action to ban asbestos.

With a subject like mesothelioma, and having complicated talking points, it is very hard to give a 45 minute talk/keynote and keep the audience engaged. With presentations – less is more. With Haiku Deck, I can show them images that are tongue-in-cheek funny, I keep the slides simple, and the audience finds it easy to focus on what it is I’m actually saying. The graphic interface is very important.

Here’s one of our favorite presentations from Linda, on the politics surrounding asbestos and its effects.

MONEY, POWER, AND POLITICS – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

What are some tips you offer to nonprofits for using technology to better market their organizations?

I keep telling people, ‘communication is not like the movie Field of Dreams. You can’t build your nonprofit and expect people will come’.

21st century activism has changed from traditional to digital – activism today is very social. We did a Twitter chat recently, and it was bilingual. We had people from US, Columbia and the UK participate. Someone was not able to get English, but they could connect with the graphic image in the background of the slide. Haiku slides can make it into a Twitter chat, into a blog post, and Instagram. The shareability is great – I can very quickly make decks and share to a global audience.

Because of changes in technology, access to technology and platforms, I’ve been able to access Haiku Deck in Australia, Hong Kong, in short – all over the world.

What inspired you to first start using Haiku Deck?

Three problems led me to Haiku Deck:

  1. Nonprofits have limited resources – time and financial
  2. When I convey a message to the audience, I want it to resonate not only in the moment, but in perpetuity
  3. I want my decks to look professional

I came across Haiku Deck while I was researching the book Presentation Zen, and I realized that Haiku Deck met most of the criteria. I’ve been a customer since 2014.

Can you think of a time Haiku Deck made a difference for you?

Once I was at a conference where I was sharing the stage with another presenter, each of us supposed to present for 30 minutes each. On the day of the conference, I was informed that the other speaker had cancelled, and that I was to present for another 30 minutes to make up for it. With such short notice, I had no time to write up a 30 minute speech. But, I did have 15 minutes to myself, when I sat down and made 20 Haiku Deck slides. I could move the slides around to structure my talk better, and this helped me arrange my thoughts and made my thoughts clear. After I went on stage, at the end of the day, I got great reviews. And I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I made the presentation in less than 15 minutes.

As a national and international speaker, I have spent hours doing elaborate slides on other software, but I get a better response from the audience when I use 1 title, 1 picture, and possibly 3-5 descriptive words – Haiku deck style. This helps bring the audience’s attention to the point I’m trying to make. As a digital storyteller, if I didn’t connect and engage effectively, I have lost the person forever, so I have to have my message be impactful.

It is important to not read your slides. With Haiku Deck’s templates, I don’t have too much text on my slides that tempts me to read it out. Instead, Haiku Deck – because of the simple styles – encourages the speaker to be prepared. Essentially, I, the speaker, have become stronger, clearer and more concise. I’ve found that not only can I deliver the message better, but that the audience also values it more.

If you had to sum up the benefits of Haiku Deck for nonprofits, what would you say?

Haiku Deck is quick, professional, impactful and well-priced. The styles/themes are great, and I can download and edit my slides…  I can very quickly make decks and share to a global audience. If then asked to do a presentation online, I use Haiku Deck, because of the simple interface.


Thank you Linda for sharing your experience with us! To learn more about her work,  follow Linda Reinstein on Twitter and visit her website. To view more of Linda’s Haiku Decks, visit her Haiku Deck user profile page.


Do you use Haiku Deck in your nonprofit? Email us your story!
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(Did we mention that we offer a 50% nonprofit discount to new users?)


8 Teacher Presentations for Winning Back to School

For many teachers in our neck of the woods it’s already time to start thinking about back to school. So much to do! So much to say! So many presentations to make! As you think about how to introduce yourself, break the ice with your students, jumpstart your curriculum, lay the groundwork for your class, and meet the parents, we’re thinking more than a couple of teacher presentations may be in order. Lucky for you, Haiku Deck is here to help! Not only do we offer qualifying educators and students 50% off via our education discount, but here are 8 teacher presentations for winning at Back to School:

  1. Make a deck to introduce yourself to students, parents, and colleagues. We love this one from teacher Mindi Vandagriff.

Who is Mindi Vandagriff? – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

2. Have your students create a Haiku Deck to share their summer adventures. Here’s an example that educator Shannon Lewis made to inspire her students to make their own.

What I Did This Summer – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

3. Create a Haiku Deck to introduce your curriculum, weekly schedule, or to share announcements. Staci Ballard made this deck to orient her students on the first day of class.

Ballard UNIV prezo – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

4. Collaborate with students on a class constitution or agreement. We were particularly inspired by this one from Susan Hennessey. 

Our Classroom Constitution – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

5. Use the Haiku Deck Curriculum Night Presentation Template to get a head start on a professional-looking presentation to “wow” the parents. To copy/edit/remix this presentation, just click the link above and look for the ‘copy’ button beneath the slides on the playback page. 

Curriculum Night Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

6. Incorporate Haiku Deck into student-led conferences. Many teachers have  students create their student-led conference guides using Haiku Deck. We’re not going to share any examples of that here, but the presentation below from Kathryn Hogg aims to inspire and prepare her class in advance of student-led conferences. 

Student Led Conferences – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

7. Create your own educational manifesto. This one from Haiku Deck Guru Simon McKenzie has racked up over 20,000 views since he first shared it online in 2013. 

The New Mind Set – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

8. Inspire your class with a Haiku Deck biography or quote collection like this one from Anna Stirling. You can even download as a .pdf file and print out the presentation to decorate your classroom.

Inspirational Quotes – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

How are you winning at Back to School with Haiku Deck teacher presentations? Drop us a line so we can share yours in the featured gallery! Just send a link to Hungry for more educator resources? Remember to visit our Education page at


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