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4 Ways to Prepare for Technical Challenges

Screens go dark, projectors come with ports that aren't compatible with your laptop, and computers install updates that require them to restart without notice. Technical issues are inevitable for trainers and speakers, so you must be prepared for them. Here are four methods to ensure you are.

1. Have digital backup. Store your presentation on a flash drive and email the presentation to yourself. These tools enable you to load your presentation on a new device and keep rolling.

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2. Have physical backup. Bring a handout of your PowerPoint presentation that you can use as a guide in case you need to continue without technology.

3. Keep everything handy. Put both your digital backup (flash drive) and physical backup (handout) in front of you so you can access them without missing a beat if something goes wrong.

4. Practice staying calm. Prepare until you have the confidence to deliver your presentation regardless of what happens. Your audience wants you to keep moving and usually will forgive technical errors if you do.

About the Author
Marilyn A. Feldstein, the founder and president of Career Choices Unlimited, is certified as a Job and Career Transition Coach, a Professional in Human Resources, and an administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument. She has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of career management. Marilyn has been active in ATD for many years and served on the Program Advisory Committee for ATD's International Conference & Exposition in 2014 and 2015. Additionally, she has provided career coaching at ATD's International Conference & Exposition for more than five years, and is familiar with the career issues talent development professionals face. Marilyn is a contributor to multiple resume and career books, including Find Your Fit (ATD Press). She also has published articles in  TD magazine and is the author of the ATD  Infoline “ Defining and Leveraging Your Professional Value.” She earned a master’s degree from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.
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