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Giving an Award-Winning Speech on my iPad

Filed under: Living with a disability — by at 11:25 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010

Two days after returning from our week in Las Vegas, Darrell and I attended Douglas College’s Self-Employment Program’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. I had been nominated for the High Tech Award. (Yes, sometimes life is rough!)

I needed to prepare a one-minute acceptance speech in the event of being announced as the finalist. Not eager to need to pull out my laptop, which takes longer than a minute to boot, I wanted to be able to whip out my iPad for the task.

But how could I get the NeoSpeech voice of Kate, which I use in all of my presentations and which people have come to recognize as “my voice”, onto my iPad?

Yes, I do have the text-to-speech Proloquo2Go app on my iPad, but Kate is yet a voice option. I wasn’t feeling adequately geeky to get the Kate voice file from the CD onto my iPad, assuming that file format is even compatible with the app. That mash-up might still come; later, after consuming an appropriate level of dark chocolate.

Screenshot of email with attachment on my iPad Then brilliance struck: what if I used my text-to-speech TextAloud on my computer to create the audio file and then email it as an attachment to myself on my iPad? My experiment passed the test in the lab. Would it work flawlessly live?

When the award program came to the High Tech category, the nominees were announced and the award sponsor, the Business in Vancouver Media Group, introduced. I woke up my iPad and held my breath.

Remarks about the finalist were made and then the winner’s name announced: Glenda Watson Hyatt of Soaring Eagle Communications.

I drove up in front of the stage, with my iPad on my lap. I was presented with my crystal brick award. Official photographs were taken. Then the Master of Ceremonies knelt beside me, holding a microphone next to my iPad. I tapped play and Kate spoke my acceptance speech perfectly!

Screenshot of the Quicktime player on my iPad


There was a technical difficulty with the microphone…it was not on! My brief speech was not heard. My heart sank, but I kept smiling.

Once Kate had finished, the emcee kindly took my iPad up to the podium mic. Having never used an iPad before, he was able to figure out to tap play. My words were then heard.

Another door had opened for me in that moment: I had just given my first speech on my iPad!

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Comment by Nancy

November 1, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

And you once again showed why you are deserving of such an award. Way to go, Glenda!

Comment by Glenda

November 1, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

Nancy, thank your for your kind words!

Comment by S. Emerson

November 2, 2010 @ 12:18 am

Very cool Glenda! Congrats on your award.

That iPad was truly a great investment for you.

Comment by Glenda

November 2, 2010 @ 12:22 am

Thanks, S! Yes, definitely…who knew it would be?!

Comment by Adelaide Dupont

November 2, 2010 @ 2:50 am

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

We are all becoming much more aware of microphone ettiquette at big events, and even small ones.

What a clever way to get Kate talking.

Comment by Richard French

November 2, 2010 @ 3:54 am

Reached your site through a second hand link from via times. You have an extremely literate and graceful style of writing which is rare to encounter anywhere, let alone on-line. (An interesting side bar discussion on the role of internet in leveling the playing field in the media could ensue, but a cold beer and pizza would be better!). I have enjoyed reading your critique of the iPad. Mine has been permanently hijacked by my children so now I hanker after a new Macbook Air! Congratulations on your blog. I have no doubt it is also the product of much hard work!
Kind regards

Richard French
Christchurch NZ

Comment by Douglas T

November 2, 2010 @ 5:21 am


Comment by Barbara

November 2, 2010 @ 6:06 am

Excellent, Glenda! (Did you download the speech onto this post? If so, I couldn’t listen – don’t know the problem.)

I have plenty of ‘mash-up’ to do on my blog – consequences of following your accessibility advice. I need more time, and dark chocolate!

Comment by Sam

November 2, 2010 @ 9:18 am

You are an amazing inspiration and worthy of the award for sure!

Comment by Ute-s

November 2, 2010 @ 9:34 am

Congratulations! You definitely deserve this award. And if there were a “Clever-use-of-iPad”-Award, I would give that to you, too – immediately.

Comment by Norman

November 3, 2010 @ 12:55 am

Congrats on your award Glenda.

Comment by Deb

November 3, 2010 @ 6:00 am

Glenda –
Congratulations on your award! Kevin Honeycutt presented this w/e at an event with me and afterwards he spent 20 minutes with my 81 year old mom and had her playing on his iPad. it’s an amazing tool – and I love reading about the cool things you are doing with it.

Comment by Cheryl

November 4, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

Yes Glenda, have you forgotten to mention you were quoted in the New York Times? Way to go!

Comment by Regina Baker

November 4, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

Congratulations Glenda! woot! I HEART your spirit. Virtual {{{hugs}}}

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