How not to be prepared for a presentation

I had a visit from our venues coordinator this afternoon, needing a Macbook Pro to VGA connector, I was happy to oblige. This was shortly followed by a phone to help the presenter get the projector to display properly. Arriving at lecture theatre I found:

  • In addition to no Powerbook to VGA adaptor, luckily the Macbook Pro one fitted.
  • The presenter had not idea how to use multiple displays on their Powerbook.
  • There was minimal battery charge, (it was showing 10 minutes when I arrived) and the presenter did not bring their power adapter with them. A MacBook Pro power adapter will not fit a PowerBook.
  • The presentation consisted of a bunch of JPEGs (a very strange choice) stored on the PowerBook hard drive only.
  • The presenter’s only portable data storage was a USB stick that did not have enough free space for all the images that was required to be retrived from the PowerBook. And before I manage to get my USB stick the Powerbook’s battery was flat.

Luckily for the presenter there was some time before the presentation to begin and they were last seen heading to their office to get another copy of the images which where going to have to be presented on a PC laptop.

I would not think of doing a presentation without all the cables, remotes, power adapter etc. that I might need and a copy of my presentation on a USB stick in both keynote and pdf format.

2 Responses to “How not to be prepared for a presentation”

  1. Gary Barber Says:

    As well as dumping the presentation online somewhere as well. Maybe I should add projector and screen to that list.

  2. RE Mogul Says:

    Had a prof that would carry armloads of transparency.

    Copy machine was his transparency printing press.

    Everything came from shelves, cabinets, desks.

    It was just grab, copy, and go.

    Its hard to give-up animations and such, but when the content is real — generated outside the context of the presentation — real humanity comes through.

    Physicality & Character-Presence is a lost art in presentation.