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Monday, August 12, 2013
There are three common mistakes people make when giving presentations.
1. Lack of preparation. Preparation is the key to success but so many people don’t prepare properly. Sometimes it’s due to an inability to overcome the fear factor but it’s crucial you manage this - preparation is key to success.
2. Worrying too much about yourself. Your presentation is not about you – it’s about the audience. When people worry too much about themselves they forget to make the audience the hero.
3. Rushing through. Don’t speed through your presentation. Slow down, take your time and keep it simple.
To avoid mistakes when presenting it’s worth using visualisation to overcome any fears. You can do this by visualising yourself giving a really good presentation and what you want it to look like. Then, take the time to think what the audience needs and is hoping for. Finally, less is more – slow down and remember to pause in between each thought. The slower you are the more the audience will remember.
For people who are prone to making mistakes the key is not to get too anxious. All you have to do is be as good as you can be – you can’t do more than that. Nobody is perfect but getting too wound up and nervous will make you more likely to make mistakes. If you do make an error or two, then that’s ok. People like to see a human being giving a presentation – it makes it real. Make sure you rehearse so that your message is clear but remember, it’s not the end of the world if you do make a mistake on the day.