My website crashed recently, and it got me thinking about the tech failures that can doom a presentation. Even tech failures can teach public speaking lessons. Audiences crave more audio visual presentations and speakers are often happy to oblige. Some go as far as wanting to create “an experience” for their audience. Sounds great in theory but it can be really difficult to pull off if you don’t plan for various tech failures in advance.
1. Projector bulb blowing: Check the settings on the project and see the amount of hours left in the bulb. Many count down rather than up.
2. Wrong computer to projector connection: This could be because of an old projector or using a PC or Mac that doesn’t have the right ports.
3. Sound system and mic syncing: Too often speakers don’t check their sound systems until 5 minutes before their show–please don’t. Whether it’s a wireless mic or one tethered to the system, get there ahead of time to make sure everything will work.
4. Videos in PPT not working on new computers: Always test out your powerpoint presentation on the computer that will be displaying it. Videos and PPT don’t always play nice together and you don’t need a new computer environment to cause even more problems.
5. Emailed files not reaching the conference: Many conferences ask for your files ahead of time so that they can load them into one computer and A/V system. Great! But then the excuses come, “Oh, your attachment was too big” or “We never received them.” Sometimes this is the truth and other times someone is trying to cover for someone else’s ineptitude. Just bring your own files with you on a USB and even store them online (like google drive) to have another fail safe.
Don’t let tech failures doom your next presentation.
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