Logistical Information for Speakers
What do I need to do before I arrive on campus?
· When called about a speaking opportunity, discuss with the school whether there are any particular topics you should touch on as part of your presentation.
· Think about ways you can make your presentation interactive, whether through the use of props, samples, photos, tools, interactive questions or another method. Students respond best when they are engaged.
· Inform the school of any audio visual needs for your presentation, and ask how many students are in the class.
What should I do when I arrive on campus?
· Park in the designated area
· Sign in as a guest or volunteer in the main office
· Wear your nametag/visitor identification at all times while on campus
· Wait to be escorted to the classroom by the teacher or member of the school staff
Do you have any helpful hints for speakers?
· Have fun!
· Be on time and follow through with your commitment.
· Be interactive.
· If you have handouts, materials, etc., ask the school in advance how many copies you will need.
· Wear what you would wear to work (e.g. scrubs, lab coats, business suits, uniforms, etc.).
· Review the sample 30-Minute talks template. [Link to template]
· Discuss the salary range for your job or others in your profession. Students are very interested in and motivated by this information.
· Tell students what they can do now to prepare for jobs in your field (e.g. intern, volunteer, shadow, special projects, etc.).
· Be ready to receive shocking or off the wall comments or questions.
· If you are a former HISD student, share that with the students. Let them know that you have walked in their shoes.
· Enjoy yourself!
Is there anything that I shouldn’t do?
· Don’t be judgmental about students and/or situations seen while on campus.
· Don’t talk about sex, religion, and politics.
· Don’t allow your presentation to extend beyond the allotted time.
· Don’t stray from the focus of your presentation.
· Don’t walk through other areas of the school without a school employee/teacher.