Everyone has sat through a painful presentation. It can be excruciating — you’ll never get that time back — and on occasion the cringe factor is so enormous that you feel for the poor schlub up there clicking through the PowerPoint deck.
The thing about bad presentations is that they tend to be bad in almost exactly the same way. That means by avoiding some very specific pitfalls, you’ll immediately bump the quality of your presentations up a few notches. Conveniently, Ben Yoskovitz of Instigator Blog, has assembled a list of five things you should never ever ever ever say in a presentation:
- MAKE SOME NOISE!!!
- Did That Make Sense?
- What Else Can I Show You?
- I Guess That’s It.
Of course, just eliminating the bad won’t transform your presentations from painful to effective. Once you’ve ostracized the five bad phrases from your repertoire, turn to what Yoskovitz calls the 4Ps of Presentations:
Check out his post, complete with commentary on each point, and start improving your presentations.