I just woke up from a three-day hibernation caused by watching one of the most boring presentations of my entire life on Friday afternoon. The only good thing to come out of it was a quick list of what not to do when creating and delivering a presentation.
Reading every slide aloud. Ever attend a presentation in which a speaker simply read his slides to you as if you possessed the literacy of a four-year old? Kinda makes you want to poke your eyeballs out, right?
Winging it. Or maybe you attended a presentation in which the presenter clearly hasn’t done their homework and they’re winging it. But “winging it” is just a euphemism for “spending 60 minutes sweating profusely and awkwardly stammering in front of a group of total strangers.” Not very impressive, is it?
Distracting your audience. How about when the presenter is so full of nervous energy that they’re unable to stay still. Talk about distracting!
Assaulting their eyeballs. Or what about slides that are so covered with graphics, colors, and fonts, that it looks like a rainbow threw up on them? (See the eyeballs comment above.) We know you’ve got a great graphics department, but your presentation probably isn’t the best place to showcase that.
Ensure you don’t make these same mistakes and that every one of your presentations is top notch. Check out our latest slideshow, “9 Public-Speaking Mistakes You Need to Stop Making.”