How to avoid and overcome presentation glitches (free PDF)

Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Tech & Work
Format: PDF
Presenters often get so caught up in creating snazzy slides, they miss the key to sharing their message. This ebook will help you focus on what matters: the delivery and the audience experience.

From the ebook:

1: Deliver your message with conviction The only way to come out on top when everything else fails is to be a competent user of your presentation software and to know your subject backward and forward. When everything else goes wrong, your audience will still admire you if you walk forward with confidence, pull that rabbit out of your hat, and carry on with the presentation. No one will care about the technology that didn’t work; they will remember that you saved the event.

It’s easier said than done, but the confidence that comes with knowing your subject will outshine the worst glitches. No technology can replace you, the presenter.

5: Know the equipment and location
When using your own equipment, this is easy. If not, take the time well before the presentation to verify that everything you need is available and working as expected. Also, familiarize yourself with the site’s layout. Is the location easy to find and accessible to the public and handicapped? Where are the electrical outlets and switches?

Ask for the Wi-Fi password and have that ready to go beforehand. What will you do if they don’t have Wi-Fi? (I can’t even imagine.) Are you depending on a projector and screen or a smart TV? You might want to pack an extension cord, a power strip, and a roll of duct tape (seriously). If the room is big, do you need a way to amplify your voice or any sound files in your presentation? Pack a bottle or two of water.

9: Be proactive about comfort and accessibility
Know where all the entrances, exits, and restrooms are. Your audience will ask and you should know. Arrive early and check that there’s adequate seating, the temperature is comfortable, and the lighting is adequate. For an in-depth look at disability awareness, read 10 tips for making a presentation more accessible to those with disabilities. If attendance is still up in the air, consider taping off back rows to encourage people to sit close to the front. Remove the tape to open the back rows if necessary.

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