Before you give a Powerpoint presentation, you must check out the room in advance. I’ve seen people take the first 15 minutes of their presentation to connect the projector to their computer. Even worse, the projector bulb dies after 3 slides. Great presenters will take a little bit of time before a presentation to ensure that their technology won’t fail during the presentation. It’s the small things that can make the difference between a good presentation and a great one.
Connections between the projector and the computer are the most common problems with setting up slide presentations. Some new computers no longer have the typical projector connections, other projectors will refuse to work with a particular computer, and others are so old that the connections no longer work.
Projector bulbs have a certain amount of hours that they last and the projector can tell you the amount of hours remaining. This number is usually found in under the menu that you can access through the remote control or button on the projector. If it’s difficult to find, google your projector type and you should be able to find its manual online.
Check the room at the time of day when you will give your Powerpoint presentation. Make sure that other light sources won’t wash out the images on your screen.
Ultimately, be ready for everything to NOT go according to plan and be prepared to give your speech without using slides. The easiest way to do this is to write your speech ahead of time and then design the slides as a secondary support. If you do, you’ll still be prepared even without the slides.
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