Yes, it’s that time of year when you’re likely to start hearing the same question over and over: “What are your New Year’s resolutions?” Not everybody believes in making resolutions, but it’s time to admit that we all tend to think about them regardless of whether we choose to ignore them, announce them to the world, or just keep them in our heads.
I have a solution that combines the best of both Christmas and New Years, and will have you looking forward to taking your speaking to the next level in the new year. For the Christmas part, why not gift yourself with a few tools and technologies that will absolutely make you feel like a pro right from the start of 2017! Because we’re combining the holidays here, you have a little time left to make your purchases before January 1st (maybe even take advantage of one or two after Christmas sales and tax deductions?). AND, you can do all your shopping from the comfort of your favorite chair! What should you buy? Here are 3 tools many professional speakers consider indispensable:
Your own Wireless Handheld Microphone, or a Lavalier Microphone: Every speaker wants to be heard, so a microphone is essential. But it can be very uncomfortable walking around constantly holding onto a conventional microphone—especially if a corded microphone was all the venue had to offer. A portable microphone is so much more convenient. There are many to choose from, so here’s a link to a site that provides both information and reviews on several products: The Top 10 Best Lavalier Microphones in the Market
A Presentation Remote: When you’re giving a presentation, the last thing you want is to be anchored to one spot just because that’s where your host’s equipment is. What you want is the freedom to walk around the stage so you can really engage and connect with your audience. A Bluetooth wireless presentation remote is the key to that freedom. A few features you’ll want to look for while you’re shopping are: laser pointer, timers, and battery indicators. If you want some professional help choosing, here’s a link to The Top Ten Reviews: The Best Wireless Presenters of 2016
Smart Phone: This may an obvious suggestion to many of you, but there are still plenty of people who haven’t made the jump. And even if you do have a smart phone, are you taking advantage of all the great apps that can help you? Are you using a self-timer app when you practice your speech so you can make sure you’re not going to run out of time while you’re standing in front of an audience? How about an app you can use to poll your audience during your presentation. Did you know that some smart phones can be used as remotes? Just about every smart phone can be used to accept credit cards. And how about using your smart phone as a backup storage device for your presentation? Smart phones are here to stay, so this might be the sign you’ve been waiting for… the one that says to start the new year with a new phone. Check out the article below to learn about 6 great apps every public speaker should try.
Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! My wish for you is to enjoy a safe and fun-filled holiday season with your loved ones, and that your New Year is filled with excitement, wonder, growth, and riveting presentations -- either on delivery or the receiving end!
'Til we speak again,