Hi There Business Bloomers!

I had the great honor and fun job of presenting “How to Use Google Drive” at the District 12 Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) on January 10, 2015. 

Thank you to my fellow Toastmasters who attended the “How to Use Google Drive” presentation at TLI! I promised to share the slideshow with you, and you will find it further down in this post 🙂


Toastmasters Logo

Why Toastmasters?

If you follow me on social sites at all, you’ve probably already heard me sing the praises of my local Toastmasters Club, the Desert Sunrise Speakers – Club 1969 which meets in Palm Desert, CA on Thursdays from 7:15am – 8:30am.

Those weekly meetings provide a forum in which to hone and practice my public speaking and leadership skills, which in turn have enabled me to provide great presentations like the one I gave at TLI.

Meilani at TLI

Hamming it up a little, trying to look like my profile picture before the presentation begins.


Why Did You Present a Slideshow Instead of a Live Demonstration, Meilani?

The attendees were newbies to Google and to Drive, so this was a presentation for beginners. With a slideshow presentation, I was able to control the focus of the presentation and what I wanted to teach this beginner audience. Using photos of particular screen captures in Drive enabled me to show the audience the features they needed to learn first as newbies. With a live demo, there are so many opportunities for participants to ask “will you show us what that link / button / icon does?” and it is easy to get sidetracked from the purpose of the presentation and to run out of time. A slideshow presentation helps the presenter stay on topic and on time!

TLI slideshow photo

A slideshow allows the presenter greater control over what the audience sees, vs a live, online demonstration


A Note About the “How to Use Google Drive” Slideshow

Before you view this slideshow, please keep in mind that seeing a slideshow without the live commentary that goes along with it is kinda like watching a tv show with the sound off. You get the visuals but may miss the context of what’s happening. A great slide holds very little text – the purpose of a slide is to give the audience an example of what the speaker is talking about, not to replace the speaker. Add all the instructions, and you have a book or manual instead of a slideshow.

My fellow Toastmasters who attended the presentation will get the most benefit out of this slideshow because they heard the commentary that goes with it. The rest of you will really just get a preview of the presentation. But don’t despair! You can book me, Meilani, to give this presentation to your business group, woohoo! Just click this Contact Meilani link and let me know you are interested in this presentation, which can be held on location in your Coachella Valley business center, or online via Google Hangout!


Ok, Enough Already – Give Us the “How to Use Google Drive” Slideshow!

Ok, ok! Here is the slideshow link 🙂

How to Use Google Drive – District 12 TLI – 01.10.2015


If you would like to learn more about Google Drive or other Google apps, about creating a strong brand identity or using social media effectively so your time is spent on purpose, with purpose, contact Meilani to book a workshop for your business group! Or consider joining Meilani’s Blooming Business Club – this monthly membership club is affordably priced for solopreneurs on a budget, and provides monthly workshops, video lessons, and “Consultant is IN” sessions where you can join me in a Hangout to discuss your challenges and get the help you need to make your business bloom! Check the sidebar for upcoming club workshops, then join the club so you don’t miss out!