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Don’t say: “I know you can’t read this but I’m going to show you anyway!

How many times have you seen a presenter put up a dreadful slide full of 8 point font and 500 words that gives you an instant migraine. And then they say: “I know you can’t read this, but I’m going to show you anyway!”  Seriously!  Most people are guilty of this little oops!   Please remember the golden rule when presenting with slides: If they can’t read it, don’t put it! If it’s

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t think you can warm up once you’re up there!

As humans, we can’t help judging someone immediately within the first few seconds of meeting them. Researcher Nalini Ambady calls this quick first impression, “thin-slicing.” Remember that people’s first impression of you happens the moment someone sees you.  It’s based on the way you talk, walk, gesture, dress,

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t play PowerPoint karaoke

In one of my Persuasive Presentation Skills Masterclasses we were talking about how (contrary to popular belief) the slides are not ‘the presentation’. In fact, the slides are just one of your visual aids to reinforce your key messages for your audience. We were lamenting about how in

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t forget to tell your face!

There’s this thing in presenting called the emotional objective. It’s essentially the way you want your audience to feel throughout the meeting, and also once you’ve finished presenting. It’s a good thing to work this out before you present. And then once you have worked

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t flick your gestures!

When you flick your gesture (close your hand on a gesture) it negates the power of the gesture. So it looks like you didn’t really mean to do it. Instead, make sure your palm is open at the conclusion of a gesture and float it

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Michelle Bowden enterprises
Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t meander around in the space!

The rule for presentation movement is this: either stand still or move with a purpose. So it’s OK to move, just go there because you meant to, and then stand still with strong legs and brace your core when you get there. Don’t allow yourself

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