This post is for all of you having to make a presentation to a group or do public speaking at your convention.
We’ve all been there…
Trapped in a hotel ballroom…
First thing in the morning…
Or right after a pasta buffet lunch…
Or worse… just after dinner.
You’ve decided to attend a conference session because you want to learn. You tell yourself to leave the smartphone alone, take notes, and be engaged.
And then it starts…slide after slide with too much text, too many charts in too much detail.
The presenter is reading them to you like you were a two-year-old.
That’s when it happens… you pull out your smartphone and start checking your email. You wonder what’s happening on Facebook.
Anything to keep you engaged.
I know because I witnessed this as an audience member with a group of executives last week.
The last ones I would have thought would disengage.
But boredom can happen to everyone. And that’s what’s killing meetings, Meeting Planners - poor presentation skills.
So if you are not using a professional speaker, at least make sure your members, vendors or other experts read this post about presentation skills training so they avoid these five things with their presentations.
Avoid These Five Errors When Presenting to any Audience:
No outline. If you aren't organized, your audience will be lost.
Too much text. Forty characters or less per slide. (That was thirty.)
Reading from your slides. You need to add to what is on the screen, not parrot it.
Using the projector from your office. You're kidding yourself that any are powerful enough for an average room.
Being oblivious to your audience. Coughing, heads down, hands-on phones, or talking to each other are signs you lost them.