Newbie presenters often go down the same road when it comes to their first delivery.
Treading a well-worn, but flawed, path.
If you’re about to do your first presentation. If you’re a bit worried about it. You need to read this…
Here are 3 things you believed about presentations that simply aren’t true.
Forgetting your lines spells disaster
It is important that you practice your presentation.
It is important that you are confident to talk about your presentation topic.
But, if you forget some lines it’s not the end of the world.
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Often when you are trying hard to remember the exact words in every line of your presentation you end up sounding robotic and boring.
Instead of focusing on line-by-line memorization, see how you can memorize your whole speech here.
Mistakes are unacceptable
People make mistakes all the time. That’s what makes us human.
Mistakes can actually help you connect with the audience better.
If you make a mistake that’s obvious just make a self-deprecating joke out of it or apologize and move on.
Slides are essential
Slides are not only not essential in a presentation they are often distracting and downright un-necessary.
Slides can be useful in a presentation but only if they are prepared correctly.
If you decide to use slides in your presentation, they are most effective when they are created after you know what you are going to say. When they are created at this point they are more likely to act as a support for you rather than the main event. Why I build my slides last.