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15 things presenters should (really) stop saying by @matteoc

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In this Slideshare I've collected the definitive list of presentation worst practices, of PowerPoint no-nos, of public speaking donts. I've created a short presentation dedicated to what not to say, by listing the 15 phrases that public speakers should never say.

Join me in the fight against these nasty horrible phrases that have become the mantra of bad presentations. If you agree that we should never listen to them again, let me know by sharing this deck on social media.

15 things presenters should (really) stop saying by @matteoc

  1. say S#!t presenters 15 things presenters should (really) stop saying
  2. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard a presenter say one of those 15 nasty horrible phrases… My name is Matteo I love presentations.
  3. 1 I’M VERY nervous/unprepared
  4. 1 I’M VERY nervous/unprepared Don't begin your presentation by priming your audience on a negative theme. Everyone is nervous on stage and no one needs to know. THIS IS: WHINING
  5. 2 THE -------- is not working
  6. 2 THE -------- is not working Don't focus your audience on a glitch, a problem or a malfunction. Have their attention on you, on your content and on your narrative. THIS IS: COMPLAINING
  7. 3 YOU PROBABLY can’t readthis
  8. 3 Don't comment on your slides. And never comment negatively on them. Plus: use really big fonts! YOU PROBABLY can’t readthis THIS IS: COMPLAINING
  9. 4 LET ME read this aloud
  10. 4 LET ME read this aloud You should quote by heart or paraphrase rather than read something aloud. And never turn your back on your audience and look at your slides. THE FLOW YOU ARE BREAKING
  11. 5 IF I COULD NOW HAVE your undivided attention
  12. 5 IF I COULD NOW HAVE your undivided attention We live in the age of distraction. You will never just have the attention of your audience by asking for it, you will have to win it with your great presentation. THIS IS: COMPLAINING
  13. 6 I don't have time FOR THIS SLIDE
  14. 6 You're telling your audience you did not rehearse the timing of your talk. Never have slides in your deck that don't belong in your final, polished and rehearsed talk. ERRORS I don't have time FOR THIS SLIDE THIS IS: HIGHLIGHTING
  15. 7 DO I HAVE any time left?
  16. 7 DO I HAVE any time left? Your audience is showering you with the gift of their precious time. What makes you think that you can afford to lose count of it? PREPARATION THIS IS LACK OF
  17. 8 NO NEED to take notes. I'LL SEND YOU THIS PRESENTATION
  18. 8 NO NEED to take notes. I'LL SEND YOU THIS PRESENTATION Smart, curious, interested people take notes. And their visual notes may even look much better than your slides. AUDIENCE YOU ARE INSULTING
  19. 9 I’M SORRY but I can’t see you FROM HERE
  20. 9 I’M SORRY but I can’t see you FROM HERE Some stages don't allow you to see who is asking questions. Deal with it the grown up way: by shutting up! SUPERIORITY YOU ARE SHOWING
  21. 10 FEEL FREE to interrupt me AT ANY TIME
  22. 10 Are you giving a talk or a workshop? There is still a difference between the two and there is no such thing as an "interactive presentation". YOU ARE LYING FEEL FREE to interrupt me AT ANY TIME
  23. Still 5 bad bad things to go.Feel the need to keep these slides? I would! Go on and download them!
  24. 11 LET ME SEE if the laser pointer WORKS...
  25. 11 No one will ever see your laser pointer. If you need to highlight some part of your slide bring a better prop. LET ME SEE if the laser pointer WORKS... THIS IS USELESS!
  26. 12 Obviously (CLEARLY, BASICALLY, NATURALLY)
  27. 12 Adverbs are (usually) not the best part of writ- ten or spoken language. They can (easily) be dispensed with without (really) losing any meaning. THESE ARE FILLERS Obviously (CLEARLY, BASICALLY, NATURALLY)
  28. 13 UHM. AH. WELL. you know. like...
  29. 13 UHM. AH. WELL. you know. like... Filler words are a sign of insecurity, and while on stage you should appear confident. Practice more! PREPARATION THIS MEANS LACK OF
  30. 14 Concluding... (AND NOT DOING IT)
  31. 14 If you say the word "concluding" be prepared to wrap up and leave the stage in under 3 minutes. YOU ARE LYINGConcluding... (AND NOT DOING IT)
  32. 15 ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? no. great.
  33. 15 Give your audience some time. Asking questions is hard: warm up your audience, give them an early head's up or have an accomplice ask the first question. YOU ARE IMPOLITEARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? no. great.
  34. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard a presenter say one of those 15 nasty horrible phrases… My name is Matteo I love presentations. You'll also learn how to structure, design and deliveran excellent presentation. I'm also the author of an awesome course that will teach you how to avoid these nasty mistakes.
  35. Find me on twitter @matteoc Download the slides Discover the blueprint to presentation excellence and join the Presentation Hero Academy.
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