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Being invited to speak at an event can be an exhilarating career enhancing experience but remember it’s a jungle out there! So it pays to be prepared. Here are 3 essential gadgets to help you make sure you’re tooled up…

Wireless presenter

If you find yourself presenting as a guest at an event where you aren’t sure what technical support you’re going to get, it pays to be prepared.

Pack a simple USB wireless presenter and apart from being able to pace around doing your own rehearsal somewhere quiet, you won’t suddenly find yourself tied to a lectern cueing your slides from your laptop when your preferred style is to move around the stage for dramatic effect. It’s £20 well spent and you get to have some childish fun with the built in laser pointer backstage in the green room.

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Kensington Wireless 2.4 GHz USB Presenter and Red Laser Pointer – Compatible with PowerPoint and KeyNote

Countdown timer

This is a no brainer. If you’ve been given an allotted time, stick to it. You might have the best script in the world but if the organisers are running to schedule and you’re running over, you’re gonna get cut. You really don’t want to be distracted by someone waving a hand across their throat just as you’re building to the climax of your presentation. So, practise presenting using the countdown timer on your mobile as a guide. If you’re over, cut the script rather than speed up. On the day, if one isn’t provided, find somewhere you can prop it up where you can see it in the corner of your eye. It will pay dividends.

Comes as standard on most mobiles or download an app like ‘presentation clock‘ from Shaun Welch:

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Pocket projector

If you want to run your own rehearsal in a break out room and a screen isn’t available, a pocket projector could be the answer. You can get them for as little as £50 but if you want something that works really well for an iPhone 6… Check out the Aiptek Pico projector.

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Here’s what the bumph says… The MobileCinema i60 is the perfect gadget for your iPhone 6. The compact projector connects to your iPhone just like a second skin put on your iPhone and projects all kinds of media onto a screen size of up to 150 cm (60″).

And with PowerPoint now available for free on the iPhone, you really have no excuse not to polish your performance, wherever you are.