Walk in 5 minutes prior to your presentation and expect technology to work? Think again.

Are you guilty of showing up to present just minutes before your presentation starts? Great! This article is about to make you a more technically prepared presenter (the time you show up is on you). Not guilty? Good for you. There’s tips and helpful checklist below to add to your knowledge base. Ready for step one? Learn to operate the device you are presenting with. It sounds like the obvious, but if there were a dollar for each time a presenter walked in with a new, borrowed, or “never used it for a presentation” device, world peace could be purchased. Whatever device you use, assure that it’s practical and fit for the duty. (For this article, we’ll use a laptop computer as our example) Connect your laptop to a display. Connect your laptop to multiple displays. Repeat these steps. You’ve put the effort into designing your presentation; now make sure you can share it with your audience. Understand how your laptop interfaces to an external display. What are the ports (connectors) on your laptop for outputting a signal? Do you have multiple connection choices? Do you need adapters? Is there a keyboard sequence to export your video signal? If you present frequently, it is likely that you will encounter multiple scenarios for connecting your laptop. Are you ready? • Have multiple adapters for connecting your laptop to a display. • Never assume your laptop will interface with the display you’ll be using at your next presentation. • Until you have connected your laptop and tested it with the actual display device being used for your presentation, assume it doesn’t...