14 Words You Shouldn’t Use in Your Presentation

1217108382RtPnD4Though it’s important to make your presentation conversational and real, there are still some words that are better left unsaid. Below is a list of words that can suck energy from your presentation so try to avoid these as much as possible:

  1. Stuff
  2. You guys
  3. Bucks
  4. Second to none
  5. At the end of the day
  6. Without further ado
  7. Pretty unique
  8. Very, very unique
  9. Truth be told
  10. Moving on
  11. Going forward
  12. To be honest
  13. Okay
  14. Whole bunch

It’s true that your audience doesn’t really listen to every word you say when you speak or present but there are just certain words that can distract them from absorbing the essence of your presentation. So avoid these at all costs.

For more insight on the matter, please head to: Words That Suck Energy from Your Presentation



It takes 25 steps to master your presentation

Below are the steps used in making a presentation whether you’re using PowerPoint or another presentation software. They are originally from Garr Reynold’s “Presentation Zen”. In case you still haven’t read the book, here’s a good summary of how you can master your presentations in the future.


Step-1 There are three stages of making a presentation. Preparation -> Design -> Delivery

Step – 2 Challenge the status quo.

Step – 3 Start with a beginner’s mind.

Step – 4 Put constraints on yourself.

Step – 5 Understand the needs of your audience.

Step – 6 Do not plan using the software.

Step – 7 Aim for clarity, simplicity & brevity.

Step – 8 Ask the right questions.

Step – 9 Ask yourself two questions regularly.

Step – 10 Create proper handouts.

Step – 11 Craft a story.

Step – 12 Create rough slides on paper or post-it notes.

Step – 13 Edit like crazy.

Step – 14 Design is not decoration.

Step – 15 Remove all noise from your design.

Step – 16 No 3D (Three dimensional) charts.

Step – 17 Picture is superior to text.

Step – 18 Better utilisation of empty space on your slide.

Step – 19 Follow the C.R.A.P principle of design.

Step – 20 Be totally immersed in the moment.

Step – 21 Practice makes perfect.

Step – 22 Do not hold back.

Step – 23 Keep the audience hungry for more.

Step – 24 Do not stand behind a lectern (podium).

Step – 25 Mastering presentations is a journey.

For more insight on the matter, please head to: Master your Presentation in 25 Steps 

How to Deliver Exciting Speeches? Here are Five Tips

As speakers, of course we all want our speeches to be interesting, exciting and stimulating. But then it’s always easier said than done. Below are 5 tips you can apply to make your speech more attention-grabbing.

1. Open Hot, Close Hotter.

Because the first and last few seconds of the speech is most crucial, speakers should always open and end with a bang.

2. Get the Inside Scoop.

If your speech is for a specific set of clients, you can get the inside scoop on them to make your speech more tailored according to their needs. How do you do this? –> By interviewing the attendees’ family members and colleagues. This way, the speaker gets the inside scoop or stories to what makes the attendees tick. Your audience will surely enjoy them.

3. Try Inside-Out Speaking.

This is the opposite of writing speeches for you to read. Instead, make the speech more conversational where there are questions you ask your audience to draw out their thoughts and ideas. 

4. Provide  Magic Moments.

What are these magic moments? Speeches should be  humorous,  dramatic, profound, or poignant such that the audience can tell their friends about your speech later or relive it in their memory.

5. Avoid Borrowed Stories.

Be original and creative with your stories. Avoid using another person’s stories as much as possible. But if you can’t, then be sure to credit the original owner.

For more insight on the matter, please head to:  Five Tips to Deliver Exciting Speeches

3 Tips to Becoming a Quotable Speaker

When a speaker becomes quotable, then it means that he/she has captivated his/her audience. This means that the speech made by the speaker has become memorable to the point that people want to quote parts of the speech they find interesting again and again.

Below are three essential tips you can take note of. Apply these to your speech or presentation so that you too can become a quotable speaker in the future.

1. Make Your Idea Very Clear – How do you do this? By stating the purpose or essence of your speech.

2. Make Your Phrasing Shine – How do you do this? Choose your words right. Choose those that will create a vivid image in your audience’s imagination.

3. It’s All About The Delivery – How do you do this? By pausing, then delivering the line you want to be quotable, then pausing again. This way, the line will have a lasting impact to your audience.

To find out more about this, please head to: How A Speaker Can Become Quotable

Three Tips to Add Flair to Your Speech

Getting people to attend your speech or presentation is one thing. But how do you get them to listen?

Below are three tips to get your audience hooked to your speech:

1. Get them to listen – give them a reason
Make sure that your introduction will spike the interest of your audience.

2. Keep them interested – make them give a damn
Tell your audience a story that will make them care.

3. Give them something to remember by giving them what you promised.

Find out more how you can get your audience interested, how to make sure what you say has everything to do with your ultimate message and how to sum up your speech that will make them remember by going to this link:

Three Ways to add Flair to Any Speech



Ten Tips on How to Write a Good Presentation

While I’ve said before that presenting is like telling a story, it’s more than that. Below are ten important tips to keep in mind when crafting your presentation:

1. “Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. “ – Ray Bradbury

2. “Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” – Kurt Vonnegut

3. “Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.” – Vonnegut

4. “Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy.” – Jack Kerouac

5. “The only story that seems worth writing is a cry, a shot, a scream. A story should break the reader’s heart.” – Susan Sontag

6. “Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.” – David Ogilvy

7. “Discard the Program when you feel like it—but go back to it next day. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.” – Henry Miller

8. “Forget your generalized audience… I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.” – John Steinbeck

9. “Leave a decent space of time between writing something and editing it.” – Zadie Smith

10. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. – George Orwell

To get more insight, please head to:  10 Essential Tips to Writing Well in a Presentation

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