Speaking Rider

Speaking Rider

Details for getting the most out of a speech featuring Greg Duckworth.

Over the last fourteen years, I've given more than 350 presentations to groups as small as six and as large as 5,000. During that time, I've figured out what works and what doesn't. I've also discovered that more than half the time, the technical team on site had no idea whatsoever what was needed. Hence this handy note..

To get the most out of your event and to keep me from living on the seventh level of Dante's Inferno as I experience the same pitfalls over and over, I've put together this list of requirements and suggestions. I ask that the person responsible for the event actively confirm that you'll make these things happen. Here it is, in the third person, for your team:

  1. Greg uses a Dell Inspiron laptop running Microsoft PowerPoint software. He has his own computer that has a HDMI video output, so a standard HDMI cable works just fine.  His presentation does not run on any other computer but his.
  2. No sound out required. AC power should be within six feet of the computer.
  3. For any group more than 25 people, Greg needs a wireless lavalier microphone. Please be sure that you've tested it on all areas of the stage for volume and for feedback.
  4. Greg's laptop is controlled by a remote control that he brings with him. The laptop must be set up within sight and no more than 20 feet of the most distant point where Greg will be standing. It usually works best to have it on a cocktail table so it can also work as a confidence monitor.
  5. Alas, Greg can't present his laptop to you the night before for setup and safekeeping, nor can he surrender it you the day of the event. It stays in his possession—all his work is there… However, Greg is more than willing to work with your team on a tech check, preferably thirty minutes before he goes on stage.
  6. TIP: In groups of more than fifty, Q&A is tempting but not usually an effective way to end the presentation. Instead, Greg recommends asking selected audience members to submit questions to a moderator in advance. Then, when the talk is over, you can have one person firing questions—ending the meeting on an up, not with, "okay, so there's no more questions, time to go." The other alternative is a great deal of Q&A, at least fifteen minutes.
  7. TIP: Groups that schedule a break right after Greg's presentation are usually glad they did. You get that high-energy scrum at the front of the room for people who want to say "hi" and you get conversation time as people consider what they just learned.
  8. If your booking involves an overnight stay, please be sure to find a hotel that's either at the venue or closer to the airport than the venue itself, and book a non-smoking room.
  9. TIP: Whenever possible, make the room at the event too small, not too big. This is often overlooked and it makes a huge difference. It's also a good idea to dispense with round tables and pack people in together—at least for the speech itself.
  10. Feel free to take as many flash photos as you'd like before Greg's talk, but please, no flash during the presentation. 
  11. Greg's slides are often available for download, or for publishing as notes or a handout.
  12. Unless you specifically work it out, you don't have the ability to record and then resell or distribute Greg's talk.
  13. If you'd like to interact with Greg before the event, email is actually quicker and more effective than a conference call. Greg can be reached at gregduck@gregduck.com.
  14. Suggested intro: For over two decades now, GREG DUCKWORTH been teaching companies and people how to flip their thinking and approach the world of work a completely different and profitable way.  As a seasoned Human Resource Consultant, he's intimately familiar with most areas of Human Resources and people development and is committed to helping accelerate the natural development of his clients.  His practice includes years of experience successfully leading, coaching and working inside organizations and consulting with intact teams both in the U.S. and internationally.  Now, after a successful career with really great companies like AT&T, Eastman Kodak, Microsoft, Capgemini and others, he continues to the knowledge that he has learned from other smart people that cared and took the time to help him think differently.  Please welcome GREG DUCKWORTH.