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Getting a Room Ready for Your Speech

By Malcolm Kushner

Part of Public Speaking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don’t let unforeseen circumstances put a damper on your speech. Get the details of the location where you will deliver your speech ahead of time and use these tips:

  1. Get to the room early so that you have time to make changes if it’s set up improperly.

  2. Close the curtains so that the audience can’t stare out the windows.

  3. Control audience seating. Make sure that chairs and tables are arranged in the configuration that you want. Remove extra chairs.

  4. Check the microphone and sound system while you’re standing exactly where you’ll be using them.

  5. Make sure that the room isn’t too cold or too stuffy.

  6. Find out exactly where the room is located and how long it takes you to get there.