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15 most common presentation mistakes

We all know that mistakes happen, but why not be aware of the most common presentation mistakes so that you can avoid them in the first place?

Here are 15 common gaffes that can ruin you from the first moment of a presentation.

Keep them in mind as you’re developing your next presentation, and your work should be 100% successful!

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15 most common presentation mistakes

  2. WRITING "PRESENTATION" ON SLIDE 1 When you buy a book, do you see the word "book" on the cover? No! So simply name your presentation on the first slide in as few words as possible, and list your name, title and contact info. 1 PRESENTATION
  3. 2 Saying something like, “Here I am with a PowerPoint presentation….” is redundant. Surely everybody in the audience knows the reason for the gathering. So consider the needs of your audience and how much time they have to devote to you. Use a metaphor at the outset to get everybody's attention. Make the audience wonder, “But what does that have to do with the topic?" STATINGTHE OBVIOUS
  4. 3 Arrogant presenters make audiences uncomfortable by trying to sell ideas or motivate from the perspective of a closed mind. If you do this, you'll be shooting yourself in the foot.Be humble, and take other people's opinions and questions into consideration. BEING "MR. KNOWITALL"
  5. SAYINGYOU KNOWTHE AUDIENCE WOULD RATHER NOTBETHERE “I know you’d prefer to be on the beach right now, but since we’re here....” If you start with this line you'll be telling the world your presentation is just plain boring. Believe in what you want to convey! Make it sound interesting, tell people stories, make interesting connections. 4
  6. 5 DELIVERING A ONE-SLIDE PRESENTATION Believe it or not, it’s common for presenters to forget they have more than one slide and to reveal all their content on the first slide. Make sure you study your first slide content so you don't anticipate all that will follow and therefore fail to convey your message.
  7. If a presentation is not intended to train new employees, for example, then there's no need for those slides. Most of the time, extraneous information means nothing to an audience. If you really find it necessary, make your audience come to a conclusion about your mission statement and what are the vision and the values of your company. 6 WRITING "MISSION STATEMENT", "VISION" AND "VALUES"
  8. PUTTINGTOO MUCHTEXT ON A SLIDE 7 Put only key words on your slides. They’ll help you remember your topic and the flow, and they’ll make it easier for an audience to connect. When there’s too much text on a slide, the attention of the audience gets divided between the slide and the presenter. And most of the time, the presenter is not the winner here.
  9. READING SLIDES 8 Don't underestimate your audience. No doubt, everybody there can read. Rehearse your presentation so that you conduct the slide show, not otherwise.
  10. 9 Don't overload your slides with animations. This will only distract an audience, not to mention you may be seen as just a tad tacky! Use only animations that make the content seem perceptive and that are consistent with your speech. PREPARING CRAZYSLIDES
  11. Don't pack your graphs with too much data. Graphs are usually not 100% analyzed by the audience – either there’s no way to read them or there’s no time for it. Check the objective of the graph and reduce the amount of numbers. If your aim is to show the evolution of something, for example, then maybe all you need is a date range and an upward slanting line. USINGTOO MUCH INFORMATION ON GRAPHS10
  12. PREPARING A PRESENTATIONTHAT LOOKS LIKE A FRANKENSTEIN11 All of a sudden, if you’re lucky, you realize you've gathered so much stuff from so many other files that your presentation has turned into “a real Frankenstein” – you’ve got different fonts, different languages and unrelated images all over the place. Develop a logical line of reasoning for your content and standardize the fonts and colors.
  13. When the audience least expects it, sounds start to pop out from the animation on the screen! Clapping sounds, speed sounds, bouncing ball sounds... you name it. This is just another way to distract your audience. Quiet! Keep the focus on you. ADDING SOUNDS TO AN ANIMATION12
  14. SUMMARIZINGTHE PRESENTATION AT THE END After giving a two-hour presentation you decide to sum up everything in only twenty minutes. But this disrespects the audience. If you could have said everything in twenty minutes, why did you take up two hours of their precious time? At the end, don't summarize: just reinforce the main topic(s) and message(s). 13 MAIN TOPICS
  15. "OUTSOURCING"THE TASK OF ADVANCINGTHE SLIDES14 Some presenters don't like to advance their own slides and keep shouting "next!" "skip this one, I'm not gonna talk about it today," and the like. If you don't feel comfortable about advancing your own slides (we do not recommend this), talk to the person who will do it and agree on discreet physical cues.
  16. Say "thank you" in person, and if you find it necessary to use a last slide, use it for your contact information. HAVING A "THANKYOU" SLIDE AT THE END 15 There’s no need to "outsource the service" of thanking the audience. THANK YOU!
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