The final solution is actually purchasing an LCD projector. This may make business sense if your company needs a new one or you expect to make many presentations in the upcoming months. Several vendors like InFocus , Sharp and Canon make LCD projectors in the $700-$4,000 range.

Look for a unit with the highest ANSI Lumens rating you can afford, which is the spec that will determine how well images can be viewed.

The Cable Connection

The biggest presentation problems always seem to lie with the cables connecting your laptop to the projector or digital TV. Some projectors have connectors built-in that accommodate SVGA, S-video, RGB or composite video, but take along an assortment of video cables regardless.

You'll be ahead of the game if you find out what the cable requirements are before you leave. Cables To Go , for instance, has a great virtual projector online that helps you select the appropriate cables.

You also may need a video output converter to translate your laptop's video output into a signal the digital TV can use.

If All Else Fails

And one final tip: Make backup copies of your presentation on CDs, and don't store them with your laptop.

In case your laptop disappears or dies -- or the presentation gets corrupted -- you can grab someone else's machine and still get the presentation up and running.

In the old days, a whiteboard with markers was enough to get your point across. Now audiences require high-tech flash and sizzle. So be well prepared, and you'll definitely leave them wanting more.
Russell Dean Vines is Chief Security Advisor for Gotham Technology LLC and a bestselling author. His most recent book is The CISSP and CAP Prep Guide: Platinum Edition, published by John S. Wiley and Sons.

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