What could be the worst thing that could happen after you have prepared your slides for your presentation? You realised that you did not bring the slides along with you or that the slides that you bring did not match with the operating system at the presentation venue.
One of the two things happened to to me during the launch of my book, The Stage Fright Antidote! in 2013. I'll share with you towards the end of this post.
So what could we do to prevent this to happen?
There are at least three things you could (though I must emphasise, MUST!) do:
Plan A) Put your slides in your thumbdrive
Plan B) Put your slides in cyberspace; whether you email it to yourself, or you put it in a website you can access
Plan C) Put your slides in your laptop and bring your laptop along; even if the venue organiser says they will be providing you with the laptop
One of these ways should help you in case for some reasons you have forgotten to bring your slides along.
Alternatively, if you do not want to depend on technology, go for Plan D - just print out your slides and bring them along. Use it as a reference as you make your presentation.
So what happened during my book launch?
I had saved it in the thumbdrive, but the laptop at the venue was not able to read the thumbdrive. Thought I was lucky as I had emailed the slides to myself, so after i downloaded it, the system couldn't read my slides!
I had to go for Plan C!: using my laptop instead, and luckily everything went well.
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The Speaking Factory is founded by Hazriq Idrus, Asia's Trusted Applied Creativity and Public Speaking Strategist. He is the author of The Stage Fright Antidote and co-authored four other books. His mission is to help professionals & entrepreneurs cultivate a culture of team creativity & communicate with impact to achieve organisational outcomes.
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