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Presentations are easily among the most challenging tasks business managers and owners have to do. They have to be lively and interesting, and you have to stand in front of people whom you may or may not know. The last thing you want is to have a presentation interrupted by a personal message or update on your computer. This could cause your audience to lose attention and be embarrassing for you. The good news is that there is a way to avoid this.
Using a PC or Mac laptop for presentations has become the norm for most companies. Many managers simply log into their personal profiles and deliver their presentation or share their screens from here. This can create a problem though, largely because our personal profiles tend to have near constant notifications, something you would likely want to avoid. The easiest way to do this is to simply create another profile which is used only for presentations, when others will be looking at your screen.
Here is how you can create a new profile for both Windows and Mac systems.
After the account has been created, you will be able to select it from the main Windows screen when you start up your computer.
The next time you turn your computer on, you will be able to select this account from the main Windows login screen.
You will be able to select this user the next time you log into your computer.
Tips on setting up this new account
It is worthwhile taking a few minutes to tinker with the new account. You don’t need to set a fancy background, just pick something simple and easy on the eyes. Turn off all desktop and browser notifications. In OS X this can be done from the Notifications section in System Preferences. In Windows 7 and 8, you should be able to access system notifications from the Control Panel.
The key here is to keep the account as barebones as possible. After all, the only real reason you are going to use this account is for presentations or screen sharing. This should make it easier to give uninterrupted presentations, which will take off some of the pressure of public speaking. If you would like more productivity tips, please contact us today to see how we can help.
Published on 19th September 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.