Each speaker should have an emergency kit. You never know what can happen at the last minute. Here are five things you should have in your speaker emergency kit that I recommend. You may have more to add, but I think every keynote speaker needs these five essential pieces.
Speaking in public can be stressful enough without having to reach your destination and find out that you may need these pieces. So like a good boy scout motto it says “Always be prepared.” Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your speaker kit. Put it in an easily accessible spot so all you have to do is grab it and go.
These are the 5 items I recommend for your speaker emergency kit:
Unmissable – This is where Murphy’s Law comes into play. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. You don’t want to be caught off guard in the event that a button pops off your shirt or blouse. You don’t want to show what your mom gave you to the whole world.
Throat lozenges – Nervousness can dry out your throat and there may not be water nearby to drink. These lozenges can be very helpful in moistening your mouth. Everyone has their favorite brand of lozenges or cough drops. You may prefer Ricola pickups or Slippery Elm pickups. Whichever you prefer, make sure you have one in your emergency speaker kit.
Extra ink pens – Yes, I know that seems logical, right! But sometimes attendees may have forgotten to bring one. Always have something to share.
Hand wipes – Whether it’s baby wipes or some other type of hand sanitizing wipes, make sure you have them because they are helpful. If you spill something on your blouse, shirt or pants, you have something wet on hand that you can use. Or if your hands are a little sticky from going to that candy table to get that chocolate covered donut you couldn’t resist.
Protein snack – Some type of protein snack that you can have on hand. Be it peanuts or almonds. Whatever your protein of choice is to maintain your stamina throughout the day. And it helps you get away from the gift table.
Also, I’m sure there are more that can be added to your emergency speaker kit. Make a list after each intervention and add it as needed.