2. Winging it Why it’s
a mistake: Winging it is good…if it’s your 8th grade history presentation on the French-Indian war. We’re in the business world now, though. People have invested time (and money) to come hear you speak.
3. Using boring technical languageWhy
it’s a mistake:OK, so you’re smart. (If youweren’t, you probably wouldn’thave been asked to present.) Butyou don’t have to show offthose smarts by babblingin complex language about,say, the binary language ofmoisture vaporators.
5. Not having a point
Why it’s a mistake: Failure to have at least one point for folks to mull about will doom your presentation to mediocrity (or worse).
Tip: Make sure you spend
some timeresearching your audience. Why are theyhere listening to you? What motivates them?What are their pains?Know your audience.Know your purpose.Know your presentation.
6. Thinking your slides are
everything Why it’s a mistake: Your slides might rock, but your delivery (if you don’t work on it) may not. Think of it this way: Great sheet music doesn’t make a great musician. You have to know how to play it.
Tip: Keep the focus on
you, not your slides.Your slides should serveas ancillary information,not be the primarysource of it.
7. Opening with a joke.
Why it’s a mistake: Sadly, in this day and age, chances are a joke that you find amusing will offend someone.
8. Having too much nervous
energyWhy it’s a mistake: Rampantbouncing, incessant pacing,and excited shouting cancertainly make a presentationmore interesting…but they can also scare ordistract your audience.
Tip: Feel free to move
around alittle bit, but try to staysomewhere between“winning the lotto” excitedand “heading to a doctor’sappointment” excited.
9. Going overboard on your
slidesWhy it’s a mistake: You’re assaulting people’seyeballs. You may have a phenomenalgraphics design team, but they don’t have totouch every single slide.