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Presenting Mistakes to be Avoided!


Presenting Mistakes to be Missed

This simple list of mistakes to be avoided at all costs should keep you on the presenting straight and narrow.

Here’s a list of fundamental presentation pitfalls to be avoided at all costs.

1. Never be boring

The big one, the only that really matters. If you bore your audience then none of your presentation will stick. No one will care what you are speaking about; they will just want to make a break for the exits before their will to live evaporates.

Being bored is torture; humans find it unendurable. After enduring a long stretch of boredom many well balanced folk begin to question their reason for living. Boredom forces you into dark places where life feels meaningless.

This is not the impact you want from your presentation.

Just don’t be boring.  

2. Never be rude

Treat your audience with respect. 

No one likes to be insulted, or to be the butt of the joke.

No one likes to be brayed at by an arrogant braggart.

Your presentation is an offering, a gift. It is not a mallet, nor is it the greatest show on Earth.

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One Response

  1. It did what it said on the tin!

    I used to work as a skills trainer in the commercial sector before returning to academe, and have tried to get improve presentation skills in both sectors. What I really enjoyed about this blog was that you practise what you preach.  Informing your audience on how to avoid presenting pitfalls and cardinal sins in a presentation is a great way to emphasise the points raised, and I liked the comment that a presentation "is a gift … [not] the greatest show on Earth".  Oh, that some presenters took that advice on board!

    Many thanks for sharing your thoughts with the training community. I'll be passing them on ….

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