Public speaking coach Laura Bergells shares three pro tips to help you keep your cool when you feel let down by tech or equipment failures. Learn how to deal with technical mishaps during your speech or presentation.
- Once I showed up to speak to an audience of 300…and there was no microphone.…Another time, the remote wouldn't advance my slides.…And yet another time, the projector bulb blew up…in the middle of my speech.…Technical malfunctions, they happen way too often.…Here are three pro tips to help keep your cool…when you feel let down by technology or equipment failures.…Number one, when it comes to presentation technology,…overprepare.…
Use a checklist to make sure you have…everything you need to present, including backups.…Show up early and test everything.…I can't count how many times event coordinators have told me…that they would provide me with absolutely everything,…computer, remote, projection system,…only to find an item or two that just didn't work.…If you can, pack some of your own items.…Bring your own laptop and remote, for example.…Even if you don't need them for your presentation,…having them on hand gives you a quick backup plan…in case somebody else's equipment fails.…
Secondly, know your presentation cold.…
- Describe the components of a great presentation.
- Identify your audience.
- Explain the main objective in a persuasive presentation.
- List basic vocal warm-up tips.
- Manage pre-performance anxiety.
- Identify effective ways to introduce your agenda.
- Describe common opening mistakes.
- Demonstrate effective body language.
- Identify indicators of helpful feedback.