No-no in Presentations

No one wants to be a part of a terrible presentation. To help you avoid that pitfall, here’s a summary of five things you should remember:

1. Don’t Be Disorganized  – One way to make you more organized in your presentation is to “begin with the end in mind”, like what Stephen Covey said in his book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This means, know what your objectives are. What do you want to accomplish and what do you want your audience to learn. Start there.

2. You Are Not Your Presentation – There are presenters who, because of knowing how great they are, tend to put all these things in their head and grow very arrogant and narcissistic. They forget that the whole point of the presentation is to impart expertise and wisdom to their audience. It’s all about the audience and not about you, the presenter. Remember that.

3. Don’t Overwhelm Your Audience – Because you know your presentation by heart, it doesn’t mean that your audience will immediately absorb everything you said. Do it slowly but direct to the point. Don’t overwhelm them with too much information all at once.

4. Never Say You’re Sorry – Though it’s okay to apologize if you realized you made a mistake, don’t do it profusely by explaining where you went wrong. Just simply move on and do it right the next time around.

5. Don’t Fold Under Questioning – Do this by rephrasing the question to make sure you understood it and invite  the rest of your audience to find the answer with you. Admit if you don’t know the answer.

All these tips came from the blog post, 5 Things You Should Never Do in a Presentation. Click the link for more details.

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