Newsflash: You no longer have to stand in the dark. Any multimedia projector packing at least 2500 lumens has enough candlepower to project a visible image in a brightly lit room. You should know this by now, but oddly, many people still stand in the dark while the PowerPoint plays on.
If your eyes glazed over at the mention of lumens, then hold on to your seat because the Luddite in you isn’t going to like this: You should know the capabilities of every type of technology in the room. At the very least, you should know how to turn the projector on/off, sync up your computer, and advance your slides using a remote control.
For example, If 90% of your audience has cell phones (common enough these days), then let the audience know how they can use their cell phones to respond to a poll or feed questions to you. If you are brave, project the feed onto a screen behind you (this is called a “twitterfall”. Ain’t that cute?) so all can participate in the “back channel” discussion – the conversation going on in the room while you are speaking. [Note: I was just quoted in article about this at ragan.com - check it out here!]
Can’t make it to the meeting due to a volcanic dust cloud covering European airspace? Skype it in – but only if you are extremely comfortable using the technology. That means practice using the technology – not just once, but a few times. Oh, and have a backup plan for ANY technology that you intend to use as good ol’ Murphy might have different plans for you!
Since US Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I wonder how many of us are really thankful that we get to give a presentation?
As one of our biggest fears, public speaking can be seen as a chore – something you HAVE to do. For whatever reason, we have to muster up the gumption to stand in front of people we admire, work for, or don’t even know.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
It was three or four months before I became President of the National Speakers Association – where all forty chapters expect the President to travel to their town to present at a chapter meeting. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I didn’t want to go, but forty chapters is an awful lot in a year while I still needed to hold down the business. Whenever I would share the news of my presidency with others, I was using the words, “I have to go to these chapter presentations.” Subliminaly, I wasn’t being particularly thankful for this opportunity.
A motivational speaker (and I can’t remember who it was-sorry!) completely reframed this magnificent opportunity for me. He said something like: Often times in life, we can approach things one of two ways: We have to do something or we get to do something. A simple switch of words completely reframed my perspective.
I get to present at forty chapters this year. I get to be President of the National Speakers Association. I get to have turkey with my family tomorrow. Sure beats having to do something.
What are you thankful for – what do you get to do?
In addition to using inclusive language, try weaving in a few pronouns into your presentation. People just love to hear their first names, so mention their names when you can. Sometimes, this can come from a story you heard while mingling – or just reaching out to connect with a person during your presentation.
Check out this video blog that shows Joe Calloway, CSP, CPAE using inclusive language and personalizing his presentation.