If there is any chance that some of your audience members require sign language interpretation, you should make arrangements to have an interpreter work with you.
Follow these guidelines to get the most benefit:
- Share your remarks with the interpreter before the speaking event, so he or she will be familiar with the terminology you’ll be using and will be less likely to make misinterpretations.
- Ask the interpreter to rehearse with you at least once to ensure that your presentation will run smoothly.
- Speak directly to your audience during the presentation, not to the interpreter. Both you and your interpreter should connect with the audience members using both eye contact and a coordinated message.