Episode #89

How to Make Sure You Look and Sound Good (AV Stuff)

With Jeff Douglass

One of the most crucial aspects of a great speaking gig is the audio visual team. If you want to be taken seriously as a speaker and make a great impression every time you’re on stage the first step is to work with the A/V team. The people in charge of the lighting and sound for the event literally control how you look and how you sound!

On episode 89 of The Speaker Lab, Jeff Douglass of Cybis joins us to talk about the best ways to utilize the A/V team as a speaker. He shares what to do and what not to do with the audio visual crew when setting up for your talk.

And Jeff knows the ins and outs of the production world! His company Cybis does everything from cameras to lights to sound to music to stage management. He brings that wealth of knowledge to this edition of The Speaker Lab. Listen in to hear it all!


  • Why you should rehearse with the AV team, every single time.
  • How much time should you allot for your walk through before your speech?
  • What’s the worst experience Jeff’s team has had with a speaker?
  • Should you use the AV staff’s equipment or trust your own?
  • How to stand out as a professional, and avoid being seen as an amateur.
  • What should you provide the AV crew with in advance of your speech?
  • What are his recommendations for a microphone?
  • What’s the worst thing you can do as a speaker?
  • And so much more!

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We’ll send you the exact three emails you can send to conference planners and event organizers that Grant Baldwin (our founder) used to book over $2M in speaking gigs. 

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