When you are pitching to prospective customers, current clients, a conference presentation or even just internally, it is essential that you have the correct equipment with you. Having the correct presentation equipment with you could make or break the presentation.
When delivering a presentation, the phrase ‘less is more’ definitely doesn’t stand for equipment. Gather a list of all the equipment you think you’ll need for the presentation. The list should include a presentation remote (clicker), a laptop or device to play your presentation, a copy of your slides saved to a USB, and if you’re using a Mac, a converter cable to change the output to VGA or even HDMI. Try and take something extra of everything if possible. One of the most important things to remember is spare batteries for your presentation remote. If it’s rechargeable – make sure it’s charged! If either of these fail at the last minute, can you afford to lose the presentation?
Here is the full list of things we recommend you consider taking when planning a presentation:
Laptop and charger with PowerPoint / Keynote file saved
Copy of PowerPoint / Keynote file on USB
Spare batteries for remote
Bottle of water
Mac converter to VGA cable
VGA and HDMI cables (or converters if you don’t have ports for either of these)
Notebook and pen
Any hand-outs – if you’re at an event, do you have flyers? Leave behinds? Maybe even a branded USB with your presentation and contact details inside.
If you’re selling a product, why not bring one for a demo.
Printout of all information of the client; including phone numbers (in case your phone runs out of battery and use Sat Nav if you don’t know where you’re going!
As long as you learn your presentation to the best of your ability, you should be fine. But if you’re still using bullet points on every slide, you may be fighting a losing battle.
Do you have any equipment that you take with you when you are presenting which we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments.