Presentation Tips

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.

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