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Top Presentation Tips

7 Top Presentation Tips

I generally work with clients over a three week period to create a presentation/pitch that is often critical to their business.

Here are some of the common errors that need to be addressed over that period –

Common Errors:

1. Never say I will wing it on the day, in the belief that you know your stuff.

Nobody is that good.

2. Avoid starting with a question.

It’s the oldest cliché in the book, and very rarely gets your audience’s attention.

3. Never dig out your last few slide decks and rehash –

reheated dinner never tastes as nice.

4. Do not pace up and down like a lion in a cage.

Your movement must have a purpose.

5. Never turn your back on your audience to read your slides,

it’s bad manners.

6. Don’t practice in front of a mirror, but do practice!

Did you ever look in the mirror and say I look great today? We usually just see the flaws.

 7. Never memorize your presentation.

Actors memorize their lines, as each word has been honed by the scriptwriter for a particular purpose, enabling the actor to interpret the character. Your job is not to pretend you are someone else, it’s your job to be the best YOU, that you can be.

 

Above are the common errors to avoid when making a presentation; my next article will list the things that you should do when presenting.