Your audience wants you to succeed. But that also means, as a speaker, you must remain professional in how
you handle everything, because all eyes
are on you. Most of us cringe when asked to
send slides prior to an engagement. I get it.
For me, it’s the fear of not being in control.
Recently I was asked to submit my
slides for a repeat client, and I agreed.
I was second to speak in the morning
line-up. As promised, my slides were
uploaded and everything was going well,
until the screen on their computer said,
“Updating Microsoft system. Do not turn
That audience who wants you to
succeed is seeing that message and
watching carefully to see your response.
I’m sharing this story so you’ll be
ready for anything that might happen.
Trust me, I’ve had fire alarms, power
failures, and sick audience members.
Stuff happens. When it does,
how fast you think on your feet is
directly related to your experience
I quickly placed an item in front
of the projector and said, “Glad I
have your full attention,” and I went
on without missing a beat. Why?
Because I also carry a printed copy
of my slides so I knew exactly where I
needed to be and I finished on time.
How can you be prepared? Before
you leave your office:
Print a copy of your presentation.
Bring your own presentation
Bring a backup on a thumb drive.
Have it uploaded to Dropbox.
People came up to me afterward
and said, “Wow, you never flinched.
I guess that’s why you are a
BE PREPARED FOR A TECH FAILURE
BY ANNE OBARSKI
ANNE OBARSKI is
strategist who works
with organizations that
want to be contagious
on purpose … by
customer service, exciting
brand recognition, and
at every single touchpoint.