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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t talk too much!

Pause and breathe instead.  Let them think.  Let them catch up with what you’ve said.  Let them process your thoughts and add their own.  Often when we get nervous we don’t breathe.  We rush our words, in an effort to get through it more quickly.  Then our

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t oversell!

Often when persuading we think it’s a good idea to tell our clients absolutely all the benefits of our products or services.  It’s a natural result of feeling that helping someone see the pluses of our products and services is a good thing. The problem with this

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t put the Q&A at the very end.

Have you ever asked for questions at the end and then your whole presentation is railroaded by a forceful person with an alternative agenda, or questions that confuse the rest of the group? This person and their dysfunctional behaviour renders your entire presentation a waste

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Don’t introduce yourself at the start!

Don’t make the mistake most presenters do and start with, ‘Good morning, my name is Flossy Bloggs from (department) and thanks for your time today.’ You know, it’s rare that an audience will attend a presentation where they don’t know who is presenting or where

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t forget to care!

Most people love it when you remember their name. Remembering someone’s name creates an instant connection. Remembering someone’s name says, I care enough about you to remember what to call you.  So don’t forget to care!  Before you present be sure to chat with people

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t say all your words with the same volume!

What should you do instead?  Emphasise key words when presenting Yes! It’s a great idea to emphasise key words when you present. Emphasising key words helps your audience know what’s important and it helps them get a strong sense of your emotional objective or the

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t kill your audience with Death by PowerPoint!

What should you do instead? Design gorgeous slides with memorable images and clever graphs and charts that emphasise the key points. Here are my tips for you:     1. Dramatically reduce the number of slides you use     2. Replace words with pictures

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Common Presentation Mistakes

Don’t turn off the lights!

What should you do instead? Keep the lights on! As an audience member, you know yourself that you will be more inclined to sleep in presentations when the presenter turns off the lights – so don’t do it to your audience!  Unless of course you’d

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