Is your audience really listening to you? If you are making any of the mistakes in this slideshow, they probably aren't. Find out how to avoid these mistakes and keep your audience listening to your presentation!
What are all those words doing on your slidesanyway?Your audience wants to listen to you – not beread to!If the words are really important, take them offyour slides and put them on a document foryour audience to take home afterwards.* I would eliminate this slide in a live presentation – these are the words Iwould say!
Instead of talking about what is important to you,focus on your audience’s needs.Ask yourself:What does my audience expect to learnfrom me?Why are they here?What information do they need to know in orderto make a decision?
One of your first steps needs to be core messagedefinition.Ask yourself:If my audience can remember only one thingabout my presentation, what should it be?Make your message simple, concrete and easy toremember.
Less is definitely more in presentations.Decide what information is absolutely necessaryto support your core message and eliminateeverything else.If your audience gets overloaded with uselessinformation, you lose them.
Yes, allowing the audience to ask questionsthroughout your presentation can be risky.But making them wait until the end is even moredangerous. What if you don’t know the answer tothe last question? What if it’s hostile? That’s abad final impression.Plus, asking and encouraging questions keepsthem awake!
If you don’t know your material well enough, youwill be forced to constantly look at your notes.This causes people to lose interest in what you’resaying and you to lose credibility.Know your stuff and rehearse it until you don’tneed notes (but, never memorize it).