Thanks, but I’ll use my laptop

Whenever possible I insist on using my laptop to give a presentation or workshop. Sometimes I get a a weird look from the local person and something along the lines of “but our computers will do just fine.” Here’s one reason why:

“My paranoia around getting set up explains why I prefer to use my own laptop [when giving a presentation]. If my laptop explodes, I’m to blame, and I’d rather it be my fault than put myself at the mercy of a tech guy I just met, who may have been hired yesterday and have even less of a clue than I do.”
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun

The other reason is that I know what software is on my laptop and how it’s going to work. Sorry, but I don’t know your equipment and even if it does work, you may have done something in the name of “security” that prevents me from doing what I need to do.

3 Replies to “Thanks, but I’ll use my laptop”

  1. OMG! I’ve gotten burned a couple of times when I haven’t taken my own laptop (really long flights) and then found that the computer I was given didn’t run what I needed.

    If only I could run everything off of my phone….

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