actionable technology tips from the pros
Use Technology to Tell Your Story
Every presentation offers the opportunity to cap- ture images and ideas to convert the experience into a story. With the help of technology, every tool
you need to produce real-world books
and photo albums on the fly is in your
hands. Use this three-step process to
create meaningful event mementos and
Note: Before you begin, make sure you
obtain the proper permissions from the
organizer to take photos or to use
images shared on social media.
Step 1: Gather Plenty of Images
Every event offers plenty of photo ops,
from colleagues toasting one another at
the pre-event reception to selfies with
the meeting planner to audience members interacting during a session activity. You’ll find great shots in an expo
hall, a hotel lobby, the buffet line . . .
anywhere people gather. You also can
grab fun shots from the social media
sites that the event may be using, such
as a Twitter feed or by following an
Step 2: Add Words and Branding
Apps, such as WordSwag and Canva,
let you place text over images in a flash.
Add the conference hashtag, your
branding, takeaway phrases from your
speech, or even tweets from followers.
Step 3: Create Your Story
Now that you have a collection
of images and text graphics, try one
of these instant print apps to create
your own full-color, hard-copy story.
is Mosaic, an
elegant 7 in.
x 7 in. photo
album that you can create in less
than a minute on your phone. Sim-
ply open the app, choose 20 pictures
and press the order button. Mosaic
puts each photo on its own page and
creates a lovely peek-a-boo window
frame cover with several photos.
Although the $25 price is steeper
than the other options, it’s one
of those gifts that will make
• Chatbooks ( chatbooks.com) and
Groovebook ( groovebook.com)
If you want a regular archive of
your speaking engagements, try a
like Chatbooks and
apps take your most
recent photos and
automatically print and send the
Chatbooks lets you choose from
Instagram, Facebook or favorite
photo folders. When your photo
count reaches 60, Chatbooks generates a 6 in. x 6 in. photo album.
They’re $8 each for softcover, or $13
for hardback (inclusive of U.S. shipping). If you want more control over
book length and layout, Chatbooks
custom products also start at $8.
• Groovebook is even cheaper and
simpler. For $2.99 a month, Groove-
book lets you choose 100 photos that
will arrive in a few days in a 4 in. x 6
in. colorful book.
The photos are per-
forated for easy
• Felt ( feltapp.com) and Postagram
( sincerely.com/postagram) For a
super quick, super cheap storytelling
tool, download the Felt
app. You can
choose up to
to create an
accordion-fold card. For just $5 a month, you
can send three Felt cards, which
arrive in a handsome square envelope. You can even use a stylus to
handwrite notes on the back of the
images. Postagram is even less
expensive: $.99 to send a simple
postcard with a note and an image.
Beth Ziesenis is Your Nerdy
Best Friend. She is the author
of several books on technol-
ogy, including Nerd Know-
How: The 27+ Best Apps
for Work . . . & How to Use ‘Em! Ziesenis
travels the country talking to organizations
about free and bargain technology.