Technical Rider

Details for getting the most from an event featuring Tim Moore.

Over the past decade, I’ve given hundreds of presentations to groups as small as six and as large as 15,000. 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.

To get the most out of your event and to keep me from a technical melt down 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. Tim uses his own laptop and iPad running Keynote software. He has his own VGA adapter, so a standard VGA 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. Tim needs 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, a handheld microphone or a podium microphone.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Tim’s slides, while one or more carry the image of Tim speaking.
  6. 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 Tim’s computer and at least one of the screens should have Tim’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-Tim 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.
  7. Tim’s iPad and laptop are controlled by a remote control that he brings with him. The laptop must be set up within 20 feet of the most distant point where Seth will be standing. It usually works best to have it on a cocktail table so it can also work as a confidence monitor.
  8. Alas, Tim 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, Tim is more than willing to work with your team on a tech check, preferably thirty minutes before he goes on stage.
  9. TIP: In groups of more than fifty, Q&A is tempting but not usually an effective way to end the presentation. Instead, Tim 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.”
  10. TIP: Groups that schedule a break right after Tim’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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Feel free to take as many flash photos as you’d like before Tim’s talk, but please, no flash during the presentation.
  14. Tim’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 Tim’s presentation.
  15. If you’d like to interact with Tim before the event, email is actually quicker and more effective than a conference call. Tim can be reached at tim@timmoore.us.
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