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The THREE NOs to Avoid When Presenting

Image of Margaret Thatcher The Crown No No No

Image of Margaret Thatcher The Crown No No No

I thought of the above image when watching Gillian Anderson’s terrific portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Crown’ Season 4. I recommend you watch it.

The article below was one of my most popular publications and I am not sure if it was the image of Maggie, or was it the title of the article that got people’s attention?

The THREE NOs to Avoid When Presenting

Whichever it was, the advice is as relevant today as it was in years past, enjoy!

First No:

Do not start with “Hello, it’s a lovely day, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak with you!”


Also, it’s not necessary to start with your name and your business name. I am sure someone has already introduced you, or it’s on the screen behind you.

Where to start …

Start with something impactful that gets an audience’s attention and switches them off from their everyday thought and get them focused on you.

(Lots of my previous articles will give you suggestions as to how to do this.)

Here is one recent example of an opening that got my attention:

“In Greek times if diagnosed with brain cancer, the prognosis was 12-18 months to live.
Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and his prognosis was still 12-18 months.
Three thousand years with little or no improvement in the outcome!
Let me tell you how our research can improve prognosis in the future.”

Second No:

No agenda; one of the most uninteresting ways to start a presentation is by reading a list.

Honestly, did you ever read an agenda and say, I must go to that meeting?

What should I do …

Start with a story about the problem you solve for the audience or the opportunity you can provide.

Third No:

Thank you slide

By all means thank your audience verbally and genuinely, just not on a slide.

A story I heard recently was about someone leaving a high tech store after making a significant purchase. They commented to the assistant that they had not said thank you for making the purchase; the assistants reply: “It’s written on your receipt”.

A response not likely to lead to repeat business.

If you wish to hear your prospect say YES –
Eliminate these THREE NOs from your presentations.

This advice is more relevant now than ever, as it harder to win and retain the attention of an online audience. To know more about how to improve communication skills, click the link.

If this advice was helpful to you in the past, please comment below.