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Presentation Reminder



I gave a 4-hour presentation yesterday for a library-related organization. It was fun! And I realized that one should always be prepared – especially with Powerpoint presentations. The computer I used for presenting didn’t have a handy USB port… and my presentation was on a USB key. Bummer, right?

Wrong! Because I usually email my Powerpoint slides to myself. So instead of having to figure out some nasty USB/Network/”Can you copy this for me” thing, I simply downloaded my presentation, and I was off.

So here’s what I usually take with me for a presentation:
1. a paper copy, in case the electricity goes out (and I tend to write notes on it, anyway)
2. a USB key
3. a copy emailed to myself

These three copies haven’t failed me yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Awww David, these things always happen when you’re at something important conference or demo. I hope you managed to turn the bad into good :-)

    Besides the tips that you mentioned, I also copy it to CD-rom and have it with me.

    Michael Stephens and I did i presentation on teaching and presenting at Internet Librarian International 2005 in London. Follow the link, where you can also download our 20 technology training tips.

    Regards,
    Rob Coers

  • Anonymous

    Awww David, these things always happen when you’re at something important conference or demo. I hope you managed to turn the bad into good :-)

    Besides the tips that you mentioned, I also copy it to CD-rom and have it with me.

    Michael Stephens and I did i presentation on teaching and presenting at Internet Librarian International 2005 in London. Follow the link, where you can also download our 20 technology training tips.

    Regards,
    Rob Coers

  • http://searchlounge.org Chris

    Do they still make computers without USB ports? Or this a case of an under funded library organization using old machines?

  • http://searchlounge.org/ Chris

    Do they still make computers without USB ports? Or this a case of an under funded library organization using old machines?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3540246 Michael Sensiba (aka, “Vitruvius”)

    Often machines in presentation rooms are not the most up to date. I had to resort to the email/cd-rom trick when the one I was to use had a USB port, but ran Win95 (what’s USB?) Another alternative is to publish the PPT to a web site, and run it as HTML from there. Of course that presumes the room has a working Internet connection.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/3540246 Michael Sensiba (aka, “Vitruvi

    Often machines in presentation rooms are not the most up to date. I had to resort to the email/cd-rom trick when the one I was to use had a USB port, but ran Win95 (what’s USB?) Another alternative is to publish the PPT to a web site, and run it as HTML from there. Of course that presumes the room has a working Internet connection.