A Handful of Tips 30 –
Many people find presentations stressful but careful preparation will boost your confidence and help you relax.
Make a list of your ‘props’ and check they are in good working order. If possible visit the venue to see the facilities and have a ‘dry run’ to make sure your visual aids can be projected and seen by all the audience.
1. Check out the venue prior to your presentation
If you are travelling to the venue be aware of traffic congestion and parking problems and know exactly where you will be making your presentation. This will help you avoid a panic on the day of the event.
2. Dress for the occasion and for your audience
Try to mirror their dress code. You must be comfortable but it’s better to be overdressed than dressed too casually.
3. Be careful what you eat and drink before your talk
Avoid unfamiliar food and drinks. Alcohol is best avoided and coffee can make some people’s voices husky.
4. Test the equipment you will be using well before your presentation.
Make sure your laptop, tablet or whatever device you are using for your visual aids can communicate with the equipment at the venue.
Familiarise yourself with the type of microphone you will be using and have a voice check. Check the on/off switch.
5. Make last minute checks
Arrive well before your allotted time to get the feeling of the meeting, especially if there are other speakers.
If you are working with a sound technician or visual aids assistant brief them well before you are due to speak so they know what you want them to do.
Check the room for lighting if you are projecting visual aids. Check the sound system and your projector – and make sure you have your notes! Then relax.
“Many expensive presentations have failed because last minute checks were not made.”