Questions to Ask BEFORE a Public Speaking Engagement

Event/Audience Details

  • Date & time
  • Address and location
  • Name of the event.
  • Description of event.
  • Event agenda.
  • Talk duration (30/60 min?)
  • What the client want the speech to achieve
  • Who will introduce me?
    • Can I send them an intro or will they provide it?
  • If more information is needed, who is my point person? (get contact info)
  • How many people will be there?
    • Age
    • background
    • gender
    • occupation
    • etc
  • What’s their attitude toward my topic?
  • Will I be expected to mingle and socialize with audience before or after I speak?

Technical/Logistical Details

  • Will there be a podium? Is it solid or see-through (lucite/plexi-glass/etc)
  • Will there be a screen and projector? What video input (VGA, HDMI, etc)
  • How many video inputs are available (typical answer is 1)
  • Will I have a microphone?
    • What type? (lape, hand-help, attached to podium, mic-stand, etc)
  • May I arrive early to walk the stage and get comfortable about the equipment and venue?
  • Who is in charge of making sure things go smoothly before and during my speech (get contact info)

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