Post a response to Communication Miscues #1 and 2 pg 484 in a single post. Follow up on other group members’ posts by suggesting additional ways the student could prepare for the situation described in #2.
You’ve researched your topic, analyzed your audience, prepared a compelling message, crafted eye catching visuals, and practiced until you’re running like a smooth machine. You’re ready to go. Then you wake up with a sore throat and half a voice. You grab a few lozenges, hope for the best, and drive to the conference facility in plenty of time to set up your equipment. Cops, somebody forgot to tell you that your presentation has been moved up an hour and your audience in already in the room waiting for you. You scramble to turn on your laptop and get it connected to the projector, only to discover that you forgot the power cord and your battery is low. But that won’t be a problem: your laptop is dead anyway. Feeling smart, you pull up a CD ROM with a backup copy of your powerpoint slides and ask to use one of the several laptops you see scattered around the room. Nice idea, but they are equipped only with USB flash drives, so your CD is useless. The audience is getting restless, and a few people get up to leave.You keep hoping you’ll wake up from this bad dream so that your great day can really start. Sorry. This is your day.
Ask any business speaker with a few years of experience, and you’ll hear all these horror stories antitfew more PennIP whnivP rlrivpn to thp wrnnn conference center, hit themselves in the head with a microphone, tripped over wires, started with stares, or been rendered speechless by tough questions. Hoping you’ll be spared isn’t an effective something goes wrong.
If you assume that something will go wrong at some point, you can make peace with the possibility that you make a list of every major problem you might encounter and imagine how you’ll respond presentation. As much as possible, create a back up plan, such as calling ahead to reserve a sect You won’/t be able to put back up resources in place for every possible glitch, but by at least think’ you’ll respond.
- If you spy trouble ahead in your presentation, such as noticing your laptop battery is about to g presentation file, should you tell your audience what’s wrong? Or should you try to wing it? Explain
- What steps can you take to make absolutely sure that you have a usable backup copy of your Why is this important?