There’s so much you can do before the event to make sure that you have a great experience on the day. Most problems are preventable with just a bit of preparation. Anticipate what could go wrong and make sure you avoid what you can.
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1) Be prepared
Remember the adage ‘if it can go wrong, it will go wrong…’ and make plans to deal with it.
2) Contact the venue in advance
Call the venue to specify how you’d like the room set up well before the event; confirm it in writing after the discussion and expect that it won’t be done when you get there!
3) Arrange to show up early
Arrange to show up early on the day to check out the room set-up and check that all the equipment works.
4) Keep it simple
Be cautious in your presentation preparation and avoid complex video clips, animation, sound effects and web links that might not work so well on the day with strange projectors, sound systems and weak web connections.
5) Remove clutter
Remove from the room any clutter and things like tables and chairs that won’t be used but will get between you and the audience.
6) Remember your remote
Bring a pointer (laser or a stick) and a remote control mouse so that you can move away from the computer during your presentation.
7) Don’t let your computer interrupt you
Whatever computer you use, use a power cord and turn off power management, screensaver, e-mail and other pop-up applications that might interrupt your talk.
8) Think about what the audience can see
Use a template that works whatever the lighting conditions in the room or on the day. White text on a black background will never fail… though it might not be your organisation’s ‘official’ template.
9) Test it on your audience’s behalf
When you’re set up, sit in key audience members’ seats to check you can see the visuals and read the text on the slides.
10) Keep some room lights on
The audience usually wants to see the speaker and it’s great for the speaker to be able to see all of the audience too.
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This article is part our our series ‘10 Tips for…‘. Look out for our next article where we will be looking at the final polish.