To be a good presenter, you must have some tricks that will make your audience tick. In fact, you are the presentation itself, because you’ll be the center of attraction – without you, there’s no presentation. However, you’ll need a set of tools and equipment to help you deliver your presentation.
Here is the list of things you’ll need for your business presentation.
The presentation accessories you’ll need will depend on the topic you will present and the composition of your audience. For a start, you need some handouts to dish out to your audience. These handouts should be well prepared and should summarize your presentation. They should be filled with the key points that the audience should act on. They should be written in simple and understandable language and should answer all the questions the audience might have.
You’ll also need a printout of the key points you’ll refer to during your presentation. Your printout should be in large font for you to read them easily. It shouldn’t appear to your audience as if you are reading from a printout.
You’ll also need a backup of your presentation on a thumb drive or a CD. This will ensure that even if something happens to your computer, you have an easy way of retrieving your documents. You’ll also need a map of the venue where you’ll be presenting so you can familiarize yourself with its layout.
Another important accessory you might overlook is a portable timer. The timer should be small enough so no one in the audience cannot see it but yourself. Remember that presentations are usually timed, so you have to time yourself so you can complete your presentation in time and cover all that you had to cover.
When the equipment is mentioned, the one that will matter most in your case is your laptop. It is on your laptop you’ll use to prepare your presentation. So, it means it should have all the applications you’ll need for the best business presentation design. You may also need a projector and headphone and a microphone. Other things you may need include a remote, preferably one with an in-built laser pointer, appropriate cables, and a video adapter.
Come up with a complete list of all these things as buy them early enough and start practicing how to use them.
Sometimes, you may find a conference facility that has all these pieces of equipment. You need to call and find out whether they will provide them or you have to buy them yourself. You’ll also be interested in knowing what they don’t have but you need so you can arrange for them. Depending on the nature of your presentation, you may also need video cameras that you can use to capture videos to use during the presentation.
Electricity is what will drive your presentation. So you need to know what source of power will be used at the venue and what you’ll use to access the power source. You may need extension cables with sockets. The cables should be long enough to ensure the electric power can reach where you need it.
You’ll also need some backup in case of a blackout. So, have with you a small power generator and carry an extra battery for your laptop. Electrical access is necessary both during the preparation of your presentation and also at the time you’ll be delivering your presentation. Without electricity, there’s nothing much you can do.
Since you’ll be presenting to a large audience, you’ll need good sound equipment. If you have many attendees, you may be forced to have external speakers. You need high-quality speakers that will not compromise sound quality. You need not buy a big speaker. With the technology available today, there are many small but powerful speakers that will serve you just fine.
If the speakers have internal amplifiers, well and good. If not, you’ll also have to buy an amplifier. You’ll also need long cables to ensure the speakers can be placed at strategic positions so the sound can reach everybody. If you don’t want speakers, you can go for a boom box, but ensure it has an auxiliary input.
Wrapping it Up
With the above accessories and equipment, you’ll probably have a wonderful presentation. Just ensure that everything you pack is high-quality so they don’t let you down on the presentation day. You also must practice using them and test them in advance. You need not to work alone. Liaise with those who had done presentations so they can advise you and suggest you any accessories and equipment you may need.