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Nine Public-Speaking Mistakes You Need to Stop Making NOW

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Folks may forget what your slides looked like or what you even look like, but they won't forget a crummy delivery. Find out what public-speaking mistakes can ruin your presentation.

Folks may forget what your slides looked like or what you even look like, but they won't forget a crummy delivery. Find out what public-speaking mistakes can ruin your presentation.

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    • 9 Public-SpeakingMistakesYou Need toStop Making
    • a presentation fromwritten by Matt Snodgrass
    • 1. Reading a speech word for wordWhy it’s a mistake: No one likes being talked down to.Your listeners can read. Listening to you readthe obvious is mind-numbing.
    • Tip: Don’t numb people’s minds. Instead, use akeyword outline to prompt your thoughts,address your audience, then get rolling.
    • 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.
    • Tip: Respect your audience bygiving them a well-rehearsedpresentation that deliverswhat was promised.
    • 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.
    • Tip: Give your speech in everyday language…unless audience members really do want to hearabout moisture vaporators.
    • 4. Focusing solely on what you wantto talk aboutWhy it’s a mistake: Your presentationneeds to focus on what your audiencehas come to hear you discuss.The presentationaudience isn’tyou, you, you.
    • Tip: Remember that you’re not forcinginformation on your audience. You want yourpresentation to be connecting and inspiring.
    • 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.
    • Tip: Humor is good.Jokes are (typically) not.Don’t alienate a portionof your audience withpotentially offensivematerial.
    • 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.
    • Tip: Clean slides are nearly always better.
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