SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit: Written iPhone App Review
Public speaking, though often intimidating and horrifying, is one of the few chances a person has to address a live audience. The last thing you want is to make a fool of yourself in front of your peers and strangers alike. Therefore, one of the keys to a successful public speaking appearance is proper preparation.
SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit, developed by SmartMouth Communications, LLC, is a new tool which will not only walk you through the process of creating and effectively delivering a speech, but will also teach you important techniques to help you become a better public speaker.
Concept and Functionality:
When I received this review assignment, I was absolutely stoked. As someone who has grown to enjoy public speaking, I was eager to see what SmartMouth had to offer. I always do a bit of research on the developers who create teaching apps, and I’m pleased to say that SmartMouth is the product of extensive professional knowledge and experience.
If you’ve ever tried to write a speech, you’re aware of how disorganized it can be. Many people find it troubling to even get started. This is the main reason why I love the design and layout of SmartMouth. You won’t find complicated menus, just a simple and straightforward interface which guides you through the speech-writing process.
The main screen contains several helpful and useful tools. “Overview” and “How To” will teach you all of the necessary and important points to creating an effective speech. Even if you’re no stranger to speech writing and public speaking, I can almost guarantee you’ll learn something new.
“Speeches” is where you can create and store your masterpieces. Writing a speech with SmartMouth is amazingly simple and will take you almost no time at all, as long as you have a basic understanding of your topic.
Questions such as “What do you want your audience to think, know, do, or feel by the end?” and “What bigger picture statement can you make that answers why (value, significance) versus what (info)?” will help you organize your information so you can communicate it in a relevant and effective way. There’s even a place for your to return and leave feedback (both good and bad) on your speech. This will help you to keep track of what worked and what didn’t.
Lastly, SmartMouth includes a journal which you can use to write down ideas, observations and feedback. The days of jotting down notes on your printed speech are finally over!
As I mentioned before, SmartMouth helps to streamline the process of speech writing. One of my favorite features is that you can start in the “Overview” page, read through the entire “How To” section, and end up at the “Speech” tool. This means that all the ideas you have from reading can immediately be put to use in your speech.
Another useful feature is the ability to create duplicate speeches. This means you can create multiple versions of the same speech with the press of a button, which saves you from having to write the same speech over and over again. This is perfect for users who either have to present the same speech multiple times and would like to make each one a little unique, or those who like to write multiple versions to see which one works best.
Lastly, you can easily email your speech so it can be printed or shared. Though this is a very useful feature, I wish there was a way to quickly and easily send your speech to a cloud service right from SmartMouth so you can access your speech from a variety of devices. Not that this is impossible to do manually, it’s just that this would provide a bit of cheap insurance for forgetful users or those who like to have multiple document backups.
Even though it’s priced at $6.99, SmartMouth is worth every penny. This is especially true if you’re a student, business professional, or someone who has to give speeches and presentations on a routine basis. If you’re looking for a generic organization app, there are plenty of free apps available. However, if you’re looking for a professional tool which will transform your presentations, SmartMouth is definitely the app for you.
Also, SmartMouth is optimized for both iPhone and iPad.
SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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