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Announcing Our Gratitude Contest Winners

We are feeling especially grateful for our amazing community — you continue to wow us with your creativity, cleverness, and inspiring messages. Thank you to all who participated in our #hdgratitude contest, whether you tweeted, submitted a single slide, or created a whole deck! You are all awesome! And you can’t help but smile and be inspired when you see the collective images of moments of gratitude all together.

Best Deck Winner

We loved everything about this stylish deck from Meghan Zigmond, who scored a Haiku Deck t-shirt and a premium theme pack for her creativity. This is one of the best uses we’ve seen so far of the Illuminati theme. We also love how she mixed her own images with Creative Commons images.

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/diCIcZUMId/thankful-for-

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Building Community with Haiku Deck

Guest Q&A with Stephanie Bell

Meet Stephanie

Jefferson City lawyer, mother, community builder, and Haiku Deck Guru Stephanie Bell turns out Haiku Deck after Haiku Deck to spread the word about local events and to encourage people to get involved in the JCMO community. If you have a cause you care about, you can’t help but be inspired by Stephanie’s commitment to building community creatively!


Stephanie S. Bell – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 

Guest Q&A

Haiku Deck: How did you hear about Haiku Deck, and what inspired you to try it?

Stephanie: I first found out about Haiku Deck while watching the twitter stream for Alt Summit. Some of my favorite bloggers were there so I was trying to stay in on the action. I happened to see Guru Wendy Townley’s recap on Personal Branding, and it was love at first sight. I immediately started brainstorming all of the different uses for Haiku Deck. At the time, I didn’t have an iPad, so I had to first devise a plan to convince my husband an iPad is a necessity. A few months later, I got my iPad and Haiku Deck was one of the first apps I downloaded.

“I didn’t have an iPad, so I had to first devise a plan to convince my husband that an iPad is a necessity.”

Haiku Deck: How does Haiku Deck help you spread the word about your community events?

Stephanie: I think most people would call me a community activist. I always have an event coming up or a message I am trying to get out to the people. I saw Haiku Deck and instantly knew that this could change the way I communicate with my people and the people I’m trying to reach.

“I saw Haiku Deck and instantly knew that this could change the way I communicate with my people and the people I’m trying to reach.”

I tend to be verbose–I am a lawyer, after all. Haiku Deck helps me focus on the important parts of the events. It requires me to sit down and ask why I’m inspired to host or attend this particular event and why I think others might be similarly inspired. I have been amazed at the results I have received from the decks.

A typical post where I share an event on Facebook might get a 20+ likes, and a share or two. The first deck I made about “Hidden Spaces Secret Places” received 1,000 views in 24 hours. I never could have reached that large of an audience without Haiku Deck.

“I never could have reached that large of an audience without Haiku Deck.”

The ease with which you can share your message in such a simple, likeable way is unmatched.


Hidden Spaces. Secret Places. – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Haiku Deck: What has the response been from people you’ve shared your decks with?

Stephanie: The response has been incredibly positive. My goal is, and continues to be, to inform people about our community and engage them in the process of making it a great place to live, work, and play. I tend to include a lot of pictures of my own – and people love to see pictures of themselves, their company logo, their neighborhood, or their comments in a Deck.

“I tend to include a lot of pictures of my own — and people love to see pictures of themselves, their company logo, their neighborhood, or their comments in a Haiku Deck.”

They also tend to share it much more frequently than just an event poster. I have convinced people to share my decks – my next step will be to convince my fellow citizens to start creating decks of their own to share what it is they love about our town.

Haiku Deck: What tips do you have for people who’d like to give Haiku Deck a try?

Stephanie: My tip would be to check out the Haiku Deck blog (I guess if you are reading this, you probably are already doing this – Hai-5!). There are some fantastic ideas on the blog that will really take your deck to the next level. Thankfully, I was scanning the blog right before I published my last deck (about Kicks in the Sticks) and Catherine had a post all about “Enlivening Events.” I skimmed her list of “best practices” where she suggested “Include short testimonials from previous event attendees.” Of course! I had almost left that out! After last year’s event, I had saved blog posts and Facebook messages about the event itself. I picked my favorites, added them to my deck, and I really think it made the “wow” difference.

“I picked my favorites, added them to my deck, and I really think it made the “wow” difference.”

It is one thing to tell other people that your event is awesome, but it is certainly better to let other people describe your event in a positive way for you. A simple tip, but one I hadn’t thought of.


Kicks in the Sticks 2013| JCMO – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Share Your Story

We’d love to hear about the ways you use Haiku Deck for building community and promoting events! Send us a link to gallery@haikudeck.com, or tweet us with the hashtag #hdgallery.

Compassion and Connection: Be Inspired by Haiku Deck Guru Susan Spellman Cann

Compassion Counts!

Last week we had so much fun hosting Haiku Deck Guru Susan Spellman Cann at HDHQ. She arrived with fresh flowers from the Pike Place Market and a huge box of goodies from Bishop Carroll High School, where she works as a school counsellor. Susan has been an incredibly special part of our community pretty much since we launched, but it was awesome to meet face to face!

Compassion and caring: Haiku Deck Guru Susan Spellman Cann

Susan with Lisa, our Customer Evangelist

“If I commit to something, I really commit to it.”

Susan takes her role as a Guru incredibly seriously. “If I commit to something, I really commit to it,” she says. In the previous 24 hours, she had evangelized Haiku Deck to the businessman sitting next to her on the plane from Calgary, her taxi driver, and a photographer selling his artwork in the market. (We joked that the best way to spread the word about Haiku Deck might be to just send Susan on a world tour.)

We have long admired Susan’s beautiful Haiku Decks filled with positive messages of caring and compassion, but as we talked it became clear how much Haiku Deck is part of her personal mission to make an impact on young people’s lives, in her community and well beyond. “I believe Haiku Deck can change the world,” she said. “Powerpoint isn’t going to change the world. But Haiku Deck can.”

“I believe Haiku Deck can change the world.”

Here is one of Susan’s decks that has been viewed more than 40,000 times, clear evidence that her inspiring thoughts and words have resonated and spread far beyond her school and city:

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/OAfbvIB09e/who-matters

Over lunch, she told us the story of a troubled student who decided not to harm herself because Susan happened to smile at her in the hallway (we can attest that she is authentically full of smiles). This powerful moment inspired “One Kind Word”:

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iPads in the Classroom: Guest Q&A with Jeremy Macdonald

Educators and innovators, we invite you to be inspired by Haiku Deck Guru Jeremy Macdonald, a.k.a. “MrMacnology,” an expert on using iPads in the classroom. Jeremy was one of the first Gurus to come on board, and we have loved collaborating with him–especially on Twitter, where he often jumps in to answer customer questions before we can–Hai-5, Jeremy!

About Jeremy

Bio: ESOL & RTI specialist, instructional technology coach at Mills Elementary, team member of the ORVSD, father of 4
Location: Klamath Falls, OR
Guru inspiration: #HaikuEDU hashtag (Let’s make it happen!)
Go-to theme: Tabletop

About Me – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Guest Q&A

Haiku Deck: What inspired you to start using Haiku Deck?

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Haiku Deck Help: Collaborating on a Haiku Deck

Someday we plan to add the ability for multiple contributors to collaborate on a single Haiku Deck. But in the meantime, in this special edition of Haiku Deck help, here’s how we recently partnered with Haiku Deck Guru Greg Bamford on a deck he presented at EduCon in Philadelphia.

Outlining in Google Docs

First, Greg created a slide-by-slide outline for his talk in email. Catherine (our VP of Marketing) pulled the outline into a shared Google Doc and fleshed it out with ideas for image direction and suggested keywords for image searching.

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Blog Inspiration: Guest Q&A with Megan Hunt

We’re delighted to announce our newest Haiku Deck Guru: entrepreneur, blogger, and all-around creative force Megan Hunt, a.k.a. Princess Lasertron. Megan’s high-style Haiku Decks have been wowing us for weeks, and we finally had a chance to hear more about how she’s using the app–and how it provided blog inspiration for Radvent, her latest creative undertaking.

Q&A with Megan Hunt

Haiku Deck: So, what inspired you to start using Haiku Deck?

Megan: I found out about Haiku Deck when I saw a business use it to pitch during a local Startup Weekend competition. I’m always super interested in trying new apps that seem like they’d make my life a little easier (particularly in the context of entrepreneurship). I thought Haiku Deck had a cute name and seemed promising, so I downloaded it and was immediately hooked. For me, the sparseness of the app makes it as fun to play with as it is useful. It honestly reminds me of the hours spent toying with HyperStudio as a kid. Really. It’s just fun.


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Haiku Deck: Could you tell us a little bit about how you’ve been using it?

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