Speaker Tips

Audience & Terminology

We may, and hopefully do, have people that are unfamiliar with the program. Try not to speak of the step number alone, include some concept words so that non-AAers will be able to follow. This is a mapping of the steps to words which may be helpful in your planning. This cross-reference of Big Book sections to human emotions may also be useful to you.

Internet Connection

You should be on a wired connection to your home router rather than wireless if at all possible. This will insure a consistent signal strength throughout the workshop. If you are using a phone rather than a laptop find a place where you have the most bars from your internet carrier and stay there.


  • Eliminate any phone that may ring in the background
  • Put the dog out, or have someone else watch the dog during the workshop.
  • Make sure your chair doesn’t squeak, and the windows do not allow traffic sounds. In general try to eliminate background noises.
  • Know where your microphone is located so that you do not inadvertently cover it during the workshop. Speak towards the microphone.
  • If you have a headset, and have used it successfully in the past, consider using it. Bluetooth headsets are ok (as long as it is tried and true), but a physical connection is usually more reliable.


  • Select a bright, well lit location.
  • Find a location where you can sit erect and remain stable.
  • When speaking, look directly into the camera as if you are in conversation with another human, as in fact you will be.