Prevent surprises on stage

Remove possible problems with the location where you will be delivering a speech. Well before you are scheduled to talk, examine the venue. Look for these elements:

  • Room to set up your notes, laptop and props.
  • A clear view from the audience. When you take the time to tour the room in advance, you can request a change in the seating or stage.
  • Where the controls are. If you need to change the lighting or adjust the sound system, how will that happen?
  • Amenities. If your host won’t be providing water at the lectern, carry a bottle with you.

— Adapted from “Supercompetent Speaking: Pre-Presentation Preparations,” Laura Stack, Training,


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