If you want to be a professional public speaker, you need to stop trusting your memory. So you are going to need a checklist.
The lightest pens are stronger than the most influential minds.
I suggest you take this phrase seriously. One of the main reasons for fear of public speaking is the thought of “I might forget something”! This way, not only your mind becomes challenging, but also, it can genuinely result in forgetting something.
What is the solution?
If you want to be a professional public speaker, have a checklist as one of the most necessary tools for presentation. Write down what you need for each presentation and change some of them if it’s needed.
The advantages of having a checklist
• You become organized
• Eliminating worry and forgetfulness and distress.
• Makes you never forget anything anymore.
A checklist can be more useful than this. For example, you can write the time of buying supplies so you won’t get to the trouble of holidays and shops being closed.
Imagine you have a presentation on Christmas holidays and you have to take your suit to the laundry.
When you have a checklist, you will set the date of doing so for before the holidays so that you won’t get into trouble at the moment.
You can see a sample of a checklist here for a public speaker:
□ Presenter (for changing the slides) and its battery
□ The laptop charger
□ A mouse if it’s necessary
□ Your PowerPoint file
□ Your notes
□ The address of the place you want to present
□ The fonts you used in PowerPoint
□ Have to take your suit from the laundry?
□ The phone number of the people you need to call
□ Your wallet and an amount of money that you will need
□ Your IDs
□ The invitation card for your entrance to the hall
□ The invitation card to the hotel room if it’s necessary
□ A charged cellphone and its charger for the travels abroad
□ A printed file of your PowerPoint slides
□ Sending your PowerPoint slides file to your own e-mail.
□ Visit card
□ A bottle of water (If you think it’s necessary!)