- Don’t black out. Charge all your devices the night before and bring spare adapters and batteries as a back-up.
- Test, test and test again. Technology can be fickle, so you need time to troubleshoot problems to ensure a smooth presentation. Test everything in your office, then arrive at presentation at least 20-30 minutes early to test everything again.
- Know the password. Write down any relevant logins, passwords or meeting codes ahead of time. For webinars and web conferences, include relevant codes in your calendar appointment, as well as a contact person attendees can call if they experience any issues dialing in.
- Have a wingman. If possible, have a tech-savvy person with you. If something goes wrong, they can step up and try to fix it while you go on with your presentation.
- Have fail-safe plans in place. When your technology can’t be salvaged, have your notes printed and available so you can continue to present. For in-person presentations, have other visual aids ready to show your audience.
- Know the room. Learn about the presentation environment ahead of time. Does it come equipped with a display screen? Does it have hdmi or via connections? Do you need to bring cables? Can you control the presentation with a presenter (aka clicker) or a mouse. (I once worked on an interactive presentation where you clicked on items on the screen to reveal more details. We arrived at the pitch to discover the client’s setup only allowed you to use this keyboard roller ball. Not good. It felt like I was trying to maneuver around level 30 of a video game I've never played. This happened years ago, but I’m still annoyed by that.)
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