Public Speaking Skills:
Your public speaking skills will lead you to find it is pretty common
have multiple wireless microphones going during the same presentation.
The AV crew that sets everything up will usually make sure that they
are all on different frequencies so no cross over occurs. With that
said you should still double check the MIC anyway. BUT WHAT ABOUT MICE?
OK, OK, AV people running around are not rodents, but if your Mic does
not work, you might say "Rats!" Same way with your mouse.
When speaking in Thailand last week I ran into a unique situation that
neither I or the other presenter had ever encountered before. We each
had a Logitech Trackman RF Mouse. RF stands for "Radio Frequency"
means that the wireless mouse doesn't have to be in line of sight with
the receiver like an infra red mouse would. It also means that I
couldn't keep my mouse from moving the cursor on his computer (the
other guy was on right after me with no break in between).
We tried every trick we could think of with no luck. We finally decided
to shut my whole system down quickly after I was finished and boot his
up as fast as we could while he made some opening comments to the
crowd. Using your public speaking skills means working with other
presenters, and working with audio-visual technicians as well.
With more and more wireless technology being used during presentations
you must thoroughly check out all systems and consider presenters who
are on both before and after you. This is yet another public speaking
skill which is a reason to be there early and find out what is going
on during other programs.
Had we not noticed this ahead of time he would have had a really shaky
beginning to his program . .. if the program were switched . . . it
could have been me! Like a Boy Scout, "Be Prepared" with frequencies
and other speakers with your public speaking skills.
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