Member Blog, EFAM 2014 Tech Education

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I had a goal of increasing my technical knowledge while attending EFAM. To that end, I attended the classes Mobile Apps with a Business Edge, The Simplicity & Power of HTML, Presenting Your Best with Prezi and PDF Tips & Tricks.

The Mobile Apps class confirmed the running joke that whatever you want or need, there’s an app for that. There are endless possibilities if you want productivity, meeting planning, financial management, and just about anything else you can think of. The one application that ended up getting the most presentation time was LinkedIn.

PDF Tips & Tricks wasn’t what you might think. It was an exploration of resources to work with PDF files if you don’t have any Adobe software. There are many resources available if you don’t have Adobe Acrobat.

The Prezi class was very interesting. I have actually only seen 1 Prezi presentation – the presentation HQ made to illustrate the need for re-structure back in the spring. The way you zoom in to a certain section, then zoom out to go to the next part of your presentation makes it very dynamic and makes PowerPoint seem boring in comparison. I plan to put this tool to work in some of my Toastmasters speeches and a few other places.

The HTML class was the best one. Member Marie Herman led us through the simple steps of building a simple web page. It is much simpler than you think. You just have to master a handful of codes and you’re off and running. Once your needs become more advanced, there are countless web-hosting options for as little as $5-10 a month. I may actually start my own James Edgar website.

I always manage to come home from EFAM with more technical knowledge – another reason that this is a conference you don’t want to miss.