Gotta love technology. Or at least respect it.
Being a good LinkedIn boy scout, I come to each session prepared with multiple backups of my visual presentation: cloud, USB thumb drive, on my device’s desktop.
And once in a while I sweat bullets trying to figure out what to do, how to make just one of these fallbacks fall back into place so I can successfully start my presentation.
I always arrive at the venue 1/2 hour early, knowing many things can go wrong and will need to be fixed to make the start time work.
Some things are out of my control, like the time the host did not know the password to the wi-fi in the room. In the nick of time, that was remedied.
Or sometimes it takes a simple restart of my computer while attached to the projector to make the 2 synch.
Or the power suddenly shuts off in the building as you start the session and you tap dance like a fiend.
Or LinkedIn is playing behind the scenes with that very section I am demonstrating, so I can’t show what I wanted to.
Or sometimes, as I saw recently (not to me, thankfully!) the gods of technology will not cooperate, despite 5 tech gurus huddled around the projector to connect it to the presentation, and the session had to be scrubbed. I felt badly for them, as they tried valiantly and nothing was working, not even a restart as I suggested worked for me once, and I never forgot that trick.
Advisory: test, simulate, go on site early, anticipate all possibilities, have the contact details for the local techie, do all you can to make it a win for everyone, especially for your reputation as a professional presenter. (My readers who present to the public will identify with this).