Presentation starts to avoid in other words what not to do in the first minute of your presentation
As it becomes increasingly difficult for businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors a presentation offers a fantastic opportunity to help you and your company stand out.
So in this article I’m sharing presentation starts to avoid
Many presenters though overlook how important the start of their presentation is
During those first 60 seconds or so the audience are already deciding if they could work with you and your company.
So make sure your presentation start is well planned, well rehearsed and immediately captures the imagination and attention of your audience.
To help you here are some presentation starts to avoid
Presentation starts to avoid:
1. No excuses or apologies
Far too many presenters start their presentation with an excuse or an apology:
‘I hope you can hear me as I’ve got a bit of a cold’
‘Apologies but I only knew I was doing this yesterday’
‘I’ll aim to keep it short’ (most people who say that overrun on their time)
2. No rambling
So not this type of opening please:
‘Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to speak to you on this lovely day when I’m sure many of you would much rather be outside than listening to me..…I’m so pleased that I was given this opportunity and would like to thank everyone who made it possible including…..and wasn’t that a lovely breakfast we enjoyed and isn’t this a great venue….etc…etc… I think you get the point.
3. Aren’t we great
So many presenters feel the need to spend the first minute talking about their company and /or themselves – is this really going to grab the attention of your audience? – I think not so don’t do it. Work on the basis that the audience aren’t interested in you or your company only what your product or service or idea will do for them.
4. Don’t try to be funny….
Most people who start their presentation by trying to be funny usually aren’t, so no jokes or comical observations – you’re not here to do stand up comedy you are here to present an idea or share your expertise etc..
5. Don’t do a sound test….
..by tapping on the microphone ……
‘Is it on?’
‘Can you all hear me ok?’
Check this before the audience arrive and trust it is still ok when you start. Top tip: most people who don’t use a microphone thinking they can heard by everyone usually can’t, so if there is a mic use it.
6. Or fiddle around with the presenting equipment….
Make sure you check all the equipment before the audience arrives so you know how it all works and you are clear about:
- Where you will be presenting from
- How the seating will be laid out
- Where the screen and projector will be
- Is an audio system available (top tip – use a microphone if one is available – most people who think they can be heard without a microphone are usually wrong!)
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