As a speaker, you need to ensure you are positioned to properly provide the top-rate service your audience expects. Do not be afraid to politely turn down a request to speak if the reasons justify it.
A speaker is entitled to:
- Adequate lead-time to prepare for your talk
- Clearly defined expectations – What is it they want from your talk and why were you asked to speak?
- The parameters of your talk – e.g. time allotted, size of audience
- A clear description of audience member’s backgrounds and needs related to the topic
- A list of other speakers preceding and following your talk
- Access to proper equipment: stage or podium, lectern, microphone, properly functioning audio-visual equipment
- Ability to set up the room in advance so that it works for you
- The full amount of time they have allotted you
- A host who sets clear ground rules so the audience treats the speaker with respect
- A place to speak that is quiet with out distractions
To deliver your best you need the right tools, time and information. These will increase your self the confidence and credibility allowing you to offer excellent presentation the audience deserves.
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