Technical Difficulties…Please Stand By…

In addition to making sure your fly is zipped or the top button on your blouse is securely fastened, it’s a good idea to check all of your technology a few minutes before you’re scheduled to begin your presentation.  This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Screensaver: Turn it off. Same goes for any kind of power management software (ex. one that turns off the monitor after X minutes of inactivity)
  • Pop-up notifications (email, other stuff): Turn them off. While we’re all glad you’ve been notified of the sale on electronics at, keep that to yourself, please.
  • Run through your slides to be sure they’re fine and to make sure all your animations work well.
  • Check the volume on your speakers or computer, especially if you have sound.

Take the time BEFORE your presentation to make sure everything’s working.  Fiddling with recalcitrant technology in the middle of a presentation will destroy your credibility and completely derail your audience’s attention.

And have a backup plan in case something truly disastrous goes wrong…



One response to “Technical Difficulties…Please Stand By…

  1. Hi Lee,

    Those are all great points to remember, especially the one about getting there early. It’s really hard to provide a decent presentation if you start late, flustered from struggling with a projector that won’t project or a laptop that doesn’t have the right version of PowerPoint.

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to plug a blog I recently started that specifically deals with the things that can go wrong while presenting and what can be done to prevent them. It’s called Breaking Murphy’s Law ( I try to focus on using real stories from speaker and support personnel who actually dealt with Murphy’s Law during some part of the presentation process.


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