29 Mar Make your presenting life easy
If you are going to be presenting at a conference soon it’s important you make it as easy as possible for yourself and the people organising the event. Here are some tips to make your life easy:
Make a checklist of all the things that need to be done 1 month, 1 week and 1 day before the event. Tick the boxes as you complete the tasks. The sort of things that would be in your checklist are;
- Before you begin speaking…
- SEND your information. Your photo, presentation title and blurb, AV Requirements etc. DON’T wait for them to chase you! Be pro-active and make it easy for the organiser.
- WRITE an introduction. Email it to the organiser and also print it out and take it with you. Make it fun and focussed more on your message than on you.
- TAKE your presentation slides. Take it on a USB, and name it with YOUR name. Not just the conference name. Make sure it is the ONLY file on the USB to avoid confusion.
- ARRIVE in the conference room early.
- FIND OUT what has happened before your presentation and what will be happening afterwards.
Things to remember when on the stage…
- Don’t say, “I’ll get to that in a few minutes”, or “I’ll speak about that later in my talk”.
- Don’t read your slides.
- Don’t use someone else’s material without attribution to the original source.
- Do make the organiser look good. If authentic, praise them from the stage.
- Do acknowledge the time remaining signs held up at the back of the room (or elsewhere). A nod will do.
Make sure you know the actual finish time and length of talk, so you finish then, no matter what!