When you agree to speak at a conference, the planners will ask you to list your needs. Are you bringing a personal computer or do you need to borrow one? Which do you prefer, a stationary microphone or clip-on one? Do you need an easel or flip chart? Will you have handouts?
Today, handouts are usually posted on the organization's website and registrants are supposed to print them out. I created three handouts for a recent conference. Most attendees printed out the handouts, but some did not. I knew this would happen, and that's why I distributed an objectives handout at the conference. An objectives handout has several advantages.
- It helps attendees to follow the points of your talk and keeps them on track.
- An objectives handout shows that you planned your presentation carefully and done your "homework."
- You can list contact information on the bottom of the handout. As I was leaving the conference, several people asked if I would speak to their organizations. "I have your contact information," one added.
- The handout helps attendees remember the information you share and, just as important, remember you.
- You may list the book or books you've written on an objectives handout. I listed the four books in my family caregiver series and my publisher's website address.
- The handout may also serve as a replacement for your business card.
All are good reasons to create an objectives handout for your next presentation. I wish you good weather, good attendance, and good luck!