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Get the most out of a speech by Ryan Bank

Some details to make the speech as great as possible.

To help make Ryan Bank’s speech as good as it possibly can be, we have included some items that should be addressed. This is included to make the speech go as smoothly as possible and is based on our experience of what works and what doesn’t.

To get the most out of your event, we have put together this list of requirements and suggestions:

  • Ryan Bank uses a MacBook Pro laptop running Keynote software. He has his own computer and his own VGA adapter, so a standard VGA cable works just fine. He also has a standard Apple DVI adapter. Ryan’s presentation does not run on any other computer but his.

  • Sound out of Ryan’s computer is required. Please have a balanced, 3.5mm (1/8″) audio plug mixed into the sound system.  AC power should be within six feet of Ryan’s computer.

  • Ryan prefers a wireless lavalier microphone. To be specific, a clip-on tie microphone, not an earpiece, with a belt pack. He’s not able to do a good job with a wired microphone or a handheld microphone.  He cannot use a podium or lectern microphone.

  • For any group more than 25 people, he needs a microphone. Please be sure that you’ve tested it on all areas of the stage for volume and for feedback.

  • Some large audiences are best served using iMag, which projects an image of the speaker on several large screens. This works well, however, you MUST have your iMag set up so that least one screen the audience sees carries nothing but Ryan’s slides, while one or more carry the image of Ryan speaking.  To be specific, this means that if you have a large group, you should have at least two screens, and at least one of the screens should have just the slides from Ryan’s computer and at least one of the screens should have Ryan’s image. It is NOT acceptable to switch back and forth on one screen. You’re just going to have to trust us on this—Ryan has literally hundreds of slides that he clicks through (pictures, not words) and despite the assertions and promises of those that have meant well, you just don’t have enough time to practice this and get it right. So please guarantee that the screens will be set up as described.

  • Ryan’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 Ryan will be standing. It usually works best to have it on a cocktail table so it can also work as a confidence monitor.

  • Ryan 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, Ryan is more than willing to work with your team on a tech check, preferably thirty minutes before he goes on stage.

  • TIP: In groups of more than fifty, Q&A is tempting but not usually an effective way to end the presentation. Instead, Ryan 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.

  • TIP: Groups that schedule a break right after Ryan’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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Feel free to take as many flash photos as you’d like before Ryan’s talk, but please, no flash during the presentation unless prearranged with him.

  • Ryan’s slides are not available for download, or for publishing as notes or a handout. In addition, unless you specifically work it out, you don’t have the ability to record and then resell or distribute Ryan’s talk.

  • If you’d like to interact with Ryan Bank before the event, email is actually quicker and more effective than a conference call. Ryan can be reached at ryan@ryanbank.com