September 6th, 2011 | Author: JuneV I’m not really advocating killing beautiful insect butterflies. Let me explain.
I recently attended a seminar and came away with some good ideas from the topics presented. But where I learned the most was what NOT to do when you present! Given that you’ve prepared and rehearsed your presentation, here are some “day-of-the-talk” to do items to help tame the nerves, kill the butterflies and insure a successful presentation.
1) Scope out the room. Walk around the room to check visibility of the screen and podium (if you use one) from all points in the meeting room. If something needs to be moved, move it. Just be sure everyone can see you and the screen clearly from their vantage point.
2) Test equipment. If you are going to use a projector, laptop and PowerPoint or some other presentation program, be familiar with it so that if something goes wrong, you can fix it on the spot. It’s also a good idea to have plan B (another expert) in the room in case things go awry and are beyond your expertise.
3) Practice with your equipment as much as you rehearse your presentation. Get to the room early and go over your talk before anyone else arrives if possible. I like to bring my own laptop and projector so I’m familiar with the way they operate.
4) Test the sound system. Clip the microphone on your collar and walk around the front of the room or wherever you’ll be walking to be sure there’s no feedback, squeaks or squeals. Turn down the sound system until the feedback disappears. Have someone walk around the room while you speak into the microphone to be sure the levels are set correctly so everyone can hear.
5) Check your notes (if you use them). I saw a speaker drop a deck of note cards just before his presentation and scrambled to get them all back in order. Needless to say, this didn’t help his fear of speaking! If you use cards, punch them and connect with a big key-ring.
6) Make friends in the room. Greet people as they enter the room so that everyone feels they know you before you get up to speak. Try to remember as many names as possible so you can call people by name during your presentation. This creates a friendly, welcoming audience.
Remember, the audience is rooting for you. They want to see you succeed – so do everything you can to make this happen! Good luck and happy speaking!