On a recent cruise I was set up to give five enrichment talks. Oh, I sail for free by giving these kind of Enrichment talks. Today was “Aviation.”
When I got backstage, the speaker before me was going way over his 45 minutes. So he left me with only 5 to set up – not the 15 we are supposed to get.
Well, the “house” system would not let my video and audio both run together. It got my PowerPoints OK, but short video clips either did not play or the sound track was quiet. Not good. In the few remaining moments before the 400 person audience would be restless and walk out….the staff pulled up their laptop and I put my USB backup in. It has my entire file on the talk.
If you only have the actual PowerPoint, you will not be able to access your videos! Well, it all worked fine on their PC. Odd. I use Office 2003 – they were current – so maybe they are not 100% compatible. Way to go Microsoft!
The show went on and I got good reviews….but underneath I was upset at the previous speaker for cutting hard into my time. I later met with the techies and after playing with various cables (this ship only uses VGA – not HDMI ) to no avail, they think that the “dual monitor” setting on mine has to be manually set. All this despite everything working on other ships.
Take away: PUT YOUR TALKS ON A USB BACKUP.
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When in front of a large audience, the polished speaker will need to point to things on the screen. Please don’t use the wimpy red laser that comes with the slide clicker. They are just too dim. Plus, they get lost when showing bright color images.
I am a major proponent of GREEN lasers. I get mine from China in about a week. I never see them in the USA. They are as low as one for $5.50 with free shipping. Really.
Order a couple from a company called Best Laser Pointers. Gee, they must be good with a name like that.
I suggest you get two. Have one as a spare – two for $10.00. I have three of them. I always bring two up to the podium in case there is an issue. FRESH batteries are a must as I found they can only last for three 1-hour presentations, depending on use. But boy, are they bright. They take two AAA batteries. I use Alkaline. I take the batteries out for travel as I’ve had the ON switch activate and kill my batteries.
It will almost burn a hole in the screen (kidding). These are the kind that idiots point at airplanes…but we are all adults here. They are six inches long and only 5 milliwatts, so they are safe. Also fun to play with cats.
We promote them to our students. We get nothing out this – but feel it’s a tip that most speakers don’t know about. Now you do!
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