I just recently did a presentation that went totally wrong. So, wrong, that I scrapped the entire thing and just went Old School – without the PowerPoint. I just relied on my good ‘ol voice and charming style. 😉
Technology is supposed to make your life easier. But, if you’ve dealt with technology for any longer than a week, you will know that sometimes technology isn’t your best friend – and it can turn your otherwise wonderful presentation into a disaster. Your fast Internet connection may not be available. The bulb of your projector may blow. The scenarios are endless. Here are some tips to make sure you stay one step ahead of these technology disasters:
- Have a wireless Internet card available.
- Bring a cable adapter/dongle (yes, that’s a real term).
- Have PowerPoint printouts in case your projector blows or laptop refuses to cooperate.
- Bring your presentation on USB in case you have to use another laptop.
- Know your presentation room – try to visit your speaking area at least 24 hours in advance.
- Get the names and contact numbers of the AV department.
- Enlist a pal to help you set up.
- Arrive early!! You don’t want to feel rushed and panicked when you have to prepare for your setup.
- Fall back on the Old School – the voice is a powerful thing!
What was your worst technology disaster? What tips did you learn from it?