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Download free PowerPoint templates, backgrounds and videos. You'll also find great links to online reference and research tools. There are special resources just for teachers, traveling presenters, ministers and business people.

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3M Pocket Projector MP160 Review

Unusually bright for a pocket projector and almost too large to be considered pocket size.  The 32 lumen rating puts it on the higher end for brightness in a pocket projector and makes up for the larger size. The unit measures 1.2 inches thick by 5.9 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, and weighs less than 12 ounces. Runs on batteries for two hours or an ac adapter, street price is around $350.00.

Read a full review of this projector at the PC Magazine website.

Projector in your pocket: present on the go!

If you are a coach or trainer, your presentations generally take place in a linear and orderly fashion. Likewise, if you’re in the office presenting to colleagues, you have all your presentation “stuff” available. There is a standard presenters discuss in great detail that pertains to presentations we make with the luxury of time and equipment available so we can follow the “how to make a great presentation rules”.

portable projectorBut many presentations are far less formal and made on the fly using tools that emphasize speed and immediacy of information over polish. These aren’t your traditional PowerPoint based presentations. I believe that this kind of information sharing creates a real niche for a tiny class of projectors that start at the size of your iPhone and all weight under a pound.

Check out the Mobile Magazine review of this little device from Aaxa that will hook to your camera, camcorder or iDevice (iPhone, iPod, iPad). At just over $100, I’ll bet there are some tech-savvy travelers out there who will just love this little tool. If you’ve ever shared photos or videos on your phone – this could be for you.

Pico projector’s are relatively new to consumers. They haven’t gained a widespread adoption yet, simply because not many people can imagine the possibilities of carrying one around. At nearly anytime and anyplace you can pull up a 50″ screen on a wall and begin presenting, displaying or projecting a video.
This is not going to replace your LCD TV, nor will it replace your full-sized projector. This will go along in that ever-shrinking gadget bag of yours, giving you an enhanced sense of mobility and that cutting edge ability of blasting a film on the wall at any time.

via Aaxa Technologies P1 Jr. Pico Projector Reviewed – Mobile Magazine.

By the way, the review also includes a coupon code for about $50 off 2 of the small Aaxa projectors – good through 2/23/11.

Top 20 resources for traveling presenters

If you spend enough time on the road making presentations, there are a few resources you’re bound to need at one time or another. Following is my top 20 list of links for the road:

Where’s my stuff?
Track that important package online at:

FedEx
UPS
Airborne/DHL

I need it now!
Run out of paper, ink, pens… Need stamps, copies or a presentation bound? Find the nearest:
Kinkos / FedEx Office
Office Depot
US Post Office

Destination Information
Get the latest weather information anywhere at NOAA
Get the maps and driving directions you need at Mapquest
Get the Zipcode

Need Your News?
Links for online news:

PBS
NPR – listen online, from anywhere!
CSPAN
BBC
From the Independent Media Institute, an alternative view of the news.
Headline news, right now.CNN
News and Finance up to the minute at Reuters
Quick market news at Yahoo Finance

Airlines

The FAA provides current links to all US airlines, so if you need to book a flight online or check out the customer service policy of an airline, go here. The thing that’s nice about this site is you get all the links on one page…so if you’re looking for options, this is the place.
Want to know the rules for lost baggage, ticket refunds, overbooking and delays? Everything from the agency that enforces the rules, the DOT Consumer Protection Site.

WI-FI

Stay connected, find wi-fi hotspots when you travel.
Here’s another source forfree wireless connectivity.
Here’s a list of airports with free wireless

Do you have links you use frequently when traveling for business or vacation? Leave a comment.