Laura Stack Presentation Set-Up Preferences

  • MICROPHONE. I have weak vocal chords from 30 years of professional speaking and need a microphone if there are more than 20 people in the audience, please. I prefer a wireless (lapel) microphone if available, as it’s hard on the hand to hold a microphone for an hour. But I will use whatever you have!
  • LAPTOP. I will run my PowerPoint show from my PC laptop (I will bring a thumb drive with my slides as a backup). In student assemblies, I show one 60-second video, so I will need sound from the computer. There is no sound in the PowerPoint for adult events. My PC has a built-in HDMI connection. I will bring my own remote to advance my slides. Please provide a separate lectern, podium, or table for my laptop (not the projector cart).
  • PROJECTOR AND CABLING. If your projector isn’t built-in to the room, please provide an EXTRA-LONG HDMI cable (25 to 50 feet) from the projector up to the stage or front of the room where I’ll be speaking. I must be able to operate my laptop from the front of the room. I can’t leave my laptop in the back of the room or in a sound booth with a rear projector, because I can’t skip slides or see what slide is coming up next (presenter view). To give my VERY BEST presentation, please make sure the PC is with me up front.
  • SCREEN. If your screen isn’t built into your space, please set the projector and screen to the side of the stage, versus on it, so the projector light doesn’t shine on me (see diagram at the bottom of this page). If we’re in the gym, the screen can go in center court for best viewing for all students. The podium can go to one side of the screen. If your screen is built-in, I will work with whatever you have!
  • LIGHTS. Please raise the house lights as high as they can go, even if the screen looks slightly dimmer.  I love energy, and a dim room promotes sleepiness and talking.
  • WATER. Please provide two bottles of water, room temperature if possible (ice water tightens the vocal chords).