Presenting Your Talk, For Business and Professional Speakers
By Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
The big day has come. You’re ready to deliver your talk. But there are still a few final things to do before you face your audience.
Check in early. Arrive early so you can check out the logistics of the room in which you’ll be speaking. Where is the platform? Where will you be when you are introduced? How will you reach the lectern? Is the audience close enough to build intimacy? Is the light on you, not the banner and the lectern if you are not standing behind the lectern?
Microphone: Learn how to turn it off and on, and how to remove it from the stand. Practice talking into it and walking without tangling the cord around your feet. Audio/Visual Equipment: Whether it’s an overhead projector, slide projector, or a VCR, make sure the equipment is in working order, and you know how to use it. Inspect your slides, transparencies or videotapes. Are they in the right sequence? Are they in good shape? Easel or chalkboard: Do you have lots of appropriate writing materials? Appropriate markers and erasers for a chalkboard, extra paper and markers for an easel? Can you write some of your information before hand to save time during your presentation? Read the rest of the article