When Things Go Wonky
Welcome to the July 2017 addition of:
If You Write It, You Can Speak It
When you are in front of an audience how do you make sure things don’t go terribly wrong?
Well, you can’t… totally.
But you can be as prepared as much as possible and be aware of your limitations. You would think this goes without saying but….I’ve learned the hard way.
Last year I was speaking for a women’s group with about 200 in attendance. The event coordinator asked me if I wanted to use their big screen for my Scripture verses like all the other speakers had that summer. I didn’t normally use a screen but I said, sure.
It was a disaster. The remote I was to use didn’t work. I had to stop my talk and have the sound guy progress the slide every time I needed it to be changed.
Can you say, disruptive?
You don’t have to be like everyone else. If you are asked to do something you’re not comfortable with,until you practice it, don’t do it. Just say, no thank you.
Check out the room or equipment ahead of time if possible.
I once had to use a lavaliere microphone that only worked if you were turned in one specific direction. I like to use visual aids and not realizing the problem with the microphone I put my visuals on the opposite side of the direction I needed to be in order for the mic to pick up my voice. In an effort to use my visuals and be heard at the same time, I felt a bit like Stevie Wonder swaying back and forth.
Can you say, awkward?
My advice today is to get as much information ahead of time about the venue, the audience and the equipment you are able to use. Oh, and pray, pray, pray!
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter how many things go haywire because God is bigger than projectors, screens, sound guys and microphones. He will get His message out. All to His glory.
We live and learn.