Effective Presentations: What NOT TO DO

Effective Presentations: What NOT TO DO

Effective Presentations: What NOT TO DO

Just as there are golden rules for what makes a good presentation, of course there are a set of rules of what not to do during a presentation. what not to do

  1. If you don’t know that answer to a question, don’t fudge it!  If your audiences senses you are making it up your credibility takes a nosedive.  If you can’t answer, say so and offer to get the information later.
  2. Don’t lose your temper.  Audiences tend to stick together; even if the person concerned is heckling quite unfairly.  You may get a little sympathy but it is more likely that the rest of your audience will feel under attack as well.
  3. Don’t pass difficult questions on to another member of your team unless you are sure they know the answer.
  4. Don’t pretend to be what you aren’t!  Audiences are unforgiving if they find out you are pretending or worse.  Better to admit ignorance or human frailty.
  5. Don’t get too emotional about issues.  It’s okay to show that you feel deeply about something but if you go overboard your audience will be uncomfortable.
  6. Never ridicule or embarrass people in any way or tell inappropriate jokes.
  7. If you are presenting with another person, don’t eat into their time or trespass into their subject area.
  8. Pitch your material to your audience.  Do not talk down to them or treat them like fools.
  9. Don’t distract your audience with your outfits or jewellery.  This will just have them wondering about that rather than listening to your presentation.
  10. NEVER use drugs or alcohol for a bit of Dutch courage.  Your audience will notice and you will lose credibility.