When presenting and using a projector with slides, avoid the tractor beam. Unlike Carol Anne in the classic 1980s movie “Poltergeist,” you need to avoid the light when speaking.

Here are three things you can do to avoid becoming an unfunny shadow puppet:

1. Masking tape – This is a great tip if you have an overhead projector. During set-up, move around to see where you begin to encroach on the light. Then mark the floor or table to avoid moving into that area.

2. Table it – If the projector is on a cart or table, then simply walk around it. The great news is that projectors have gotten better over the years. Short throw projectors have reduced the length of the beam.

3. Black it out – Some clickers have a blackout button. Use it when you need to walk in front of the projector. One bonus tip when talking about clickers. Don’t use the laser pointer. You are not a Jedi. If you get tempted, just think of Yoda, “Resist the urge, you must.” Want to highlight something on your slide? Then do the proper work when creating your slides. A tiny red or green dot isn’t a substitute for your lack of planning, padawan.

TIP – It’s simple, avoid the light. Be aware of the beam and don’t walk in front of the projector. 

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