I was speaking at a world famous business school the other day, and for the first time in years, I had some technical problems with my laptop (Top of the range MacBook Pro retailing at £2200.00!!). I’m a professional speaker, very well paid for this gig, and it’s really all my fault when things go wrong. I’ve either failed to prepare properly or failed to have a ‘back-up plan’ that I can leap into seamlessly. In this case I was working near the edge of the limits of a) the software, b) the hardware and c) the presenter in that I had great visual with embedded video clips, sound, animations and hyper links. I’ll tell you what happened at the end, but for now, here’s my own list of the 5 things that I see presenters do, that get them into the kind of ‘danger’ I encountered in the hi-tech lecture hall on campus.
5 most common mistakes travelling presenters make-
- The presenter can’t connect his/her laptop to the TV/Projector
- The fascinating video files won’t play
- The sound doesn’t work
- The formatting on the slides has changed
- The screensaver comes on four times and is password protected
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