As a former association education director, Beth Z knows how hard meeting professionals work to put on a great meeting!

This page is your all-in-one meeting planning guide to make your event with Beth hassle free.


AV Needs

  • Computer On Stage

    Beth needs her computer at her fingertips so she can demo tech tools and use the interactive activities she has planned. She will not be able to load her presentation on a main computer or have her computer in the back of the room and a clicker to advance the slides. Everything needs to be up front with her so she can go back and forth between slides and her computer. Note: Beth travels with adapters for both VGA and HDMI connections.

  • Reliable Internet

    The very best scenario is that Beth has a wired connection for her computer, but we can work with wi-fi as long as it’s at least 4 mb/s. Sometimes a venue will have wi-fi for all the attendees, and that can slow down the signal for Beth’s presentations. If you have a special staff wi-fi login or something a little faster, that’s great. Beth also has an AT&T wi-fi hotspot through her phone, but that should be a last resort because sometimes her signal is a problem.

  • Audio Connection to Computer

    Beth’s presentations are filled with audio and video, so she needs an audio feed to her laptop so the audience can hear the multimedia.

  • Wireless Microphone Pack

    Beth moves around the stage and through the audience quite a bit, so she needs a wireless mic so she’s not forced to stand at the podium. A handheld mic doesn’t work either because Beth has to type on her computer to demo tools. The best scenario is a standard wireless mic. Bonus… Beth brings a headset microphone to plug into the venue’s wireless mic pack. The headset (commonly known as a Countryman), is better quality and more sensitive than a regular lapel mic that clips onto a shirt.

  • AV Assistance

    Beth needs about 60 seconds of help from the AV person to help her tweak in the sound on the headset because the mic will cause feedback if she just plugs it into the mic pack and flips the switch.


Have you ever wondered if there IS an app for that?

Our next speaker has the answer.

Meet Your New Nerdy Best Friend…
Beth Z:  Author. Speaker. Nerd.

Since her first Motorola RAZR flip phone, Beth has made a verb out of the word nerd. She’s here to help you filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for work and home.

Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by several groups that write best speaker lists. She is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned credential from the National Speakers Association. It’s kind of a big deal.
Beth Z has written multiple books on apps and has spoken to about 100,000 people, about 999,999 of whom can’t pronounce her last name.

Please join me in welcoming the chick who spent recess in middle school grading papers for her teachers…

Your Nerdy Best Friend… Beth Z.

How to Pronounce Beth’s Last Name

Beth Z usually goes by… Beth Z. So don’t worry about pronoucing her last name.

But if you DO want to pronounce it, say it like this:


… or just watch the video.