Last spring, I started learning LaTeX. On the whole, it has been a super positive experience. I really appreciate the professional appearance of my teaching documents, the ease of creating and embedding equations when I teach statistics, and all of the ways that LaTeX can take care of little details like a table of contents, an index, and footnotes.
Since I use LaTeX largely for teaching, I have not had to confront BibTeX. When I sat down today to start learning how to cite references using LaTeX, it took me quite awhile to piece together the process.
As I settled into my new position at Saint Louis University last semester, I was asked to give a short presentation to the new graduate students on giving presentations (a presentation on presentations!). One of my pieces of advice was to take some time to set up templates in their presentation app of choice. Templates are great because they make creating a conference presentation or lecture that much easier. They can take some of the tedius design choices and distractions out of the mix, giving you space to focus on content rather than design tweaks.