The Day my projector broke…presentation disaster?

Disaster It is the stuff of nightmares, isn’t it?  You spend ages perfecting a PowerPoint presentation, you rehearse with said presentation, you check you have the wires for the all the equipment, pitch up at the venue and find out that the projector bulb is broken!  Argh!  Or is it?

First of all let me say what I say to all my learners (and failed miserably on this occasion to follow my own advise) – check and check and check again any technology and equipment. There is a law called Murphy’s Law that states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and this is almost always the case when you are using technology in a presentation.  What happened to me that fatal day was preventable (by checking bulb out the night before) and cope able ( by having a spare bulb to hand).  I had only myself to blame.

But the real question is – did it ruin the presentation?  Well, no actually.. it didn’t. And here are five reasons why the presentation still went well despite my technological challenge:

#1 My presentation was what I shared with the audience NOT the PowerPoint slide show. The pictures would have enhanced the message and would have added in another level but I could still deliver the message without them

#2 I designed my presentation first before I designed and inserted the slides.  Preparing a presentation this way around means that the message will be strong enough to stand on its own merits.

#3 My slides were pictures (beautiful ones of course) but still only pictures rather than words.  This meant that what I had to say wasn’t dependent on them (although they would have wonderfully enhanced my words)

#4 I had a separate set of notes all contained on a single landscape piece of paper called a Pathway Planner. So I didn’t need my slide show as a script to remind me what to say and when to say it.

#5 I knew my stuff.  I knew it and I had rehearsed the look, sound and feel of the presentation. This is in contrast to many people I come across who ‘rehearse’ by going through the slide deck reciting or reading or dependent on them for the prompts.

So – am I annoyed that I had wasted some of my precious time, designing slides I never actually used? Yes.  Am I annoyed that I missed a trick by not being able to use the slides to enhance the experience of the audiences. yes.  Did I still manage to deliver a powerful and persuasive presentation…with perfect poise? Yes! Yes ! Yes!

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4 Responses to The Day my projector broke…presentation disaster?

  1. Amanda July 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Great article Catherine.
    Totally agree that preparing the content before the PowerPoint is key. And I tend to use images over words, or a least only phrases, because people can become distracted reading everything on the screen and tune out of what you are saying.
    Have to say I much prefer presenting in this way.
    Keep the blogs coming!

    • Catherine Sandland July 29, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      You are right Amanda. Words do distract. In fact people will read much faster than we can speak. So what happens is they read the slide adn think they have finished. So when we start to explain, they have switched off!! Images are so much more flexible too – if you miss a bit out or add a bit in, no one will know.

  2. バーバリー アウトレット August 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one.I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say.All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

    • Catherine Sandland August 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      Sorry you feel this way. Pleased that you know what and how to fix.

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