It happened again last week while I was sitting in the audience of a business conference. Shortly after the presentation began a pop-up screen appeared in front of the slide show as the presenter was speaking. Not only was the audience distracted, but so was the speaker who needed to step off of the stage to close the offending window on their laptop.
What went wrong?
Let’s assume you are ready to present a well-organized, informative PowerPoint (or other) presentation. You know your topic and have rehearsed and choreographed your delivery. You arrive early to the meeting room and your laptop is connected to the projector (see tips below to help with connections).
What presentation tips do you need to do to remove unnecessary distractions so your audience can focus on your message?
Now that WiFi is standard in hotels and meeting rooms, your laptop may try to connect to the wireless network at the worst time–in the middle of your presentation. And suddenly, your email notifications and task reminders are popping up in front of your audience. Or, your anti-virus program pop-ups to remind you it is time to renew your subscription.
Add these tips to your pre-presentation checklist:
During the setup for your presentation, check your equipment connections:
Prepare for the worst and equipment problems will be much easier to handle:
Finally, don’t be the source of distractions; check your appearance before you start a presentation:
Although perfect presentations may not be possible, your next presentation can be much more successful when you remember these presentation tips and avoid these common distractions.
By Dawn Bjork, MCT, The Software Pro®
Microsoft Certified Trainer, Technology Speaker, Software Consultant