Speakers – a tip to keep your talk successful when all fails.

ByRick Deutsch

Speakers – a tip to keep your talk successful when all fails.

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.”

speaker on stage

Speaking on a cruise ship to Alaska

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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