What if?


What if the projector stops working? Then what do I do? Many experienced speakers as they review their talk are constantly asking the “What If…Then” question. What if this happens, then what do I do or say?

To truly look confident in any situation, you must have a certain amount of pre-planning. The pre-planning can simply be asking yourself: what if this happens then what do I do? There are many aspects of a speech’s history that can go wrong. Everything from either your flight arrangements going to the venue or your post-speech events and everything in between.

We all have checklists for equipment supplies but do you have a checklist for the “What If…Then” scenarios? This is the perfect opportunity for you the “Speaker” to think and practice comeback lines to address any problem. You can practice these comebacks with friends to see if they make sense.

It may look very impromptu to your audience but you know the truth.


Words of advice for anyone!


One bit of advice, most professional speakers remember and follow is to always think ahead. This should apply to any businessmen who speaks occasionally. Your only speech of the year is not a time to make a mistake in front of your company’s CEO.

If you develop a checklist for your speech, you can avoid potential problems. If done during a quiet time, this allows you the flexibility to concentrate on all your needs.

Another nugget of advice is to introduce yourself to any AV technician who may be running the audio and video segments of the program. Handing a 10 Starbucks gift card to each of your technicians before the meeting goes a long way to being remembered. As a result, if there is a problem, your technician might go out of their way to help you. People like being appreciated and will respond to anyone that is appreciative.


Are you technically ready present?


How many of you use presentation software during your talks?

Yep, I thought so, most of you.

Well you’re not unlike most other speakers, so you’ll probably be going to the front of the room or up to the platform with your computer.

Do you know how to make sure your computer device is ready to go?

Remember these 7 key points to make sure you’re technically ready to present.

  1. Set your presentation software into the ‘presenter’ view.
  2. Unless you are on a wireless content presentation device, know exactly what type display port output connector you’ll be using – if you don’t know, then make sure you have your very own Dongle Kit (stay tuned for a future article – Dongle’s for Dummies)
  3. If you have audio in your presentation, make sure you have the proper connection cables from your computer to the rooms audio source
  4. Make sure there are no issues with your audio portions within your presentation
  5. Always use a wireless remote clicker device
  6. If you are using a Windows computer, make sure you have performed a Windows update way before you get ready to present.  If the Windows update just happens to start at the time of your presentation, and it will, you’ll have to wait for it to finish.  There is no Microsoft policeman you can pay to quit the update
  7. Test.  Test again. Test another time, Test until you know all works.

Make sure your computer presentation device is as ready to go to present as you are!

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Oh…What did I forget!


The stage is set and ready for your presence. The Senior Vice-President of Operations for your company is finishing your introduction. Your fellow managers are anxiously waiting to hear your words of wisdom! All you can think of is; “What have I missed”!

First, before you go on stage, shut your phone off. There is nothing more embarrassing than having your phone going off in the middle of a presentation in front of your manager who can control your career.

Secondly, look at your jewelry with a critical eye. Oversize earrings and a large necklace may appeal to you visually but it may also add clicking sounds to the microphone system. If you are wearing a body microphone, the contact between your jewelry and the microphone will interfere with the soundtrack of your speech especially when recording your speech. So watch what type of cufflinks, necklace, earrings or funky watch that you may wear.

Thirdly, if you wear glasses, please clean your glasses. Also leave any work or convention badges on your seat. There is nothing more distracting for the audience than seeing a speaker wearing all sorts of badges. Also, having smudgy glasses will interfere with the eye contact and facial expressions between you and your audience.

Lastly, take a sip of warm water before you go on stage. This will help moisten your throat before you speak.

Now, go and enjoy yourself and have some fun!