Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Speaker Tip: "Heading Out the Door" Check List

Checklist for Speakers

Heading out the door to go to a talk can be a hectic time for speakers.  It's handy to have a checklist available so that you don't forget anything.  This is the checklist that I use.  What would you add to it?

Navigation Tools

  • GPS
  • Printed Mapquest
  • Gas in the car 
  • Train/Subway/Airplane tickets
  • Spare cash for tolls, parking etc


  • Laptop
  • Projector
  • Remote for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Extension Cord 
  • Spare Batteries
  • Thumbnail drives with backup presentation and handout files

Presentation Materials

  • Printed bio in a large font so that people can read it without their glasses
  • Printed copy of presentation slides
  • Printed copy of Audience Handout (This is an extra. Handout has already been sent in advance)
  • Detailed notes in case anyone follows up afterwards with very specific questions


  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Coke/Apple/other item to keep you awake for the ride home


  • Digital camera
  • Business Cards
  • Books for Sale
  • Sample Reports (if appropriate)

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