There is no magic formula for giving the perfect presentation but proper preparation will certainly give you more confidence. Here are some important technology-related checklist items to consider before giving a presentation.
- Turn off screen savers, notifications, and sleep or energy saver functions. These things can cause your computer to stop displaying content, causing you embarrassment.
- Give yourself five or ten minutes to setup your presentation, if possible.
- Restart your computer once before your presentation (at least the same day).
- Close any open applications that aren't essential for your presentation (this goes for non-essential browser "tabs" that are open, too).
- Be sure to carry your own adapters (dongles) with you. Don't assume the space in which you're presenting will have them.
- If you'll be using a remote presenter, be sure to bring one. The Technology Office can check one out to you.
- Check your internet connectivity and be sure you're on the desired wireless network.
- Plug in the laptop if needed or make sure your battery is charged.
- If your presentation is not displaying, be sure you're on the correct input/source.
- Wireless presenting (Airplay) is extremely convenient but the most stable connection for video is still an HDMI cable.
- If you're presentation is "high stakes", as in you're presenting to a large group in either Hard or Soft Auditorium, it's often best to use an HDMI cable rather than Airplay. While airplay usually works well, in rooms with hundreds of wifi-connected devices it can sometimes be finicky.
- Remember to stay calm. If you've followed these steps, most problems you might encounter are not your fault.