By Carolyn Hollowell
Have you ever found yourself in this situation? You agree to give a presentation at a big conference and spend weeks creating the perfect PowerPoint. You practice until you can recite your speech in your sleep. You arrive at the venue to discover you are presenting in a large room with no AV connector for your Laptop or audio equipment available. Or maybe the venue does provide a projector or audio system but when you arrive, the AV technician or engineer is nowhere to be found and you are left to fend for yourself, fumbling with cords and speakers while the crowd anxiously awaits your presentation.
You find yourself asking – “Anyone in the audience know how to get this system working?”
Technology mishaps are a presenter’s worst nightmare. All the time and energy you spent preparing is wasted because the audience can’t see your visuals and/or can’t hear your voice. Today’ smart presenters are investing in their own traveling presenter kits to prevent technological mishaps during presentations, and to avoid the stress and hassle of using rental equipment and working with AV technicians.
Here are the top 5 items you should have in your traveling presenter kit.
- Laptop: Be sure to always fully charge your laptop before your presentation and have your visual presentation easily accessible.
- Portable audio system: The Redcat Presenter Kit comes complete with a Redcat Access portable speaker, multiple microphones for audience participation, a tripod bracket, and soft travel case. The whole kit only weighs 3 pounds!
- Batteries: Include a few extra batteries for every battery-powered device, including your portable speaker and microphones. Before you leave for a presentation, take inventory to ensure you have extras. Batteries are also nice to have in case an outlet is not nearby.
- Slimline Projector: Today, you can find a projector the size of a notebook that projects bright, high-resolution images and video. A blank wall can work in a pinch, but confirming the venue has a pop-up screen makes you look much more professional. Also, don’t forget the necessary cords you need to connect your computer to your projector!
- Remote: You don’t want to be glued to your computer to flip through slides during your presentation. A remote comes in handy if you prefer to walk around the room a little bit, and a remote with a built-in laser pointer does double duty to help emphasize different parts of your visual presentation.
With experience, you may add a few other bells and whistles to make your kit as individual as your presentations, but these are the essentials of a traveling presenter kit. With your own equipment, you can be sure that the technological portion of any presentation will be professional and stress-free.
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