Always…Always be prepared!

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The Boy Scout’s motto is; Be Prepared. As a speaker this should also be your motto.

A month ago, I attended a presentation by a local speaker at a Historical Society’s monthly meeting. The speaker was told they did not having to bring anything because the Historical Society had whatever the speaker needed.

As the speaker began to speak and advance the PowerPoint presentation, the remote control stop working. It was determined that the remote needed new batteries. For the next 20 minutes while the speaker manually advanced the Power Point presentation on his computer by hand, someone was rummaging through several file cabinets looking for new batteries. This was a total distraction to the audience and for the speaker. A simple solution would have been for the speaker to have brought a small case for emergency needs.

You as a speaker must always be prepared. Spare batteries are one item to have to save embarrassment for you or maybe, a spare universal remote control. An extra flash Drive with your presentation on it is also helpful.

Spend time thinking on what you should bring for your ‘emergency bag’. This may save you from extra stress!

 

Presentation with Audio!!!

imageHow’s your laptop sounding?

Have you ever been in one of those meetings where the speaker was using a
laptop to play some type of audio file and the audio just didn’t sound
that good…maybe you heard a buzz or a hum in the audio. Well, it’s
very likely that their laptop was not correctly connected to the sound
system and was causing the troubled audio.

If you have a presentation with audio, do yourself and the audience a favor and make sure you are sounding the best you can!  Carry your own Laptop Sound Port adapter. The Dsan Model LSP-1 is a compact adapter that plugs into a laptop computer speaker jack, changes the imageoutput to a balanced mono mic-level signal and mates with standard XLR audio cable for connections to a house audio system. This little guy can prove wonders for anyone’s listening pleasure and it won’t break your bank at $80 or so.
Check it out here on their Website