10 Things your Audience Hates About your Presentation

01. Starting with a long intro that’s all about you. 
The first few minutes of a presentation are the most important. Start your presentation with a quick introduction to who you are and then reel them in with a compelling opener.

02. Too much focus on facts and not emotions. 
You won’t score points with a data dump. You might impress your audience with your sales growth  but they will walk away remembering how they felt. People remember stories, not facts.

03. Disorganized content 
Poor presentation flow will lose your audience’s attention. When developing your presentation, outline your content first. This will act as a roadmap that your audience can follow.

04. Transition & animation overload 
Transitions & animations can create emphasis but too much can be annoying. Keep it simple. If you’re going to use them, choose one or two that are no-frills and stick with them the whole way through.

05. Being read to 
Avoid putting everything on the slide and reading it out like a script. Stick with a 
 few key ideas. The visual presentation should only complement your verbal one.

06. Endless charts 
You can make more of an impact by removing the chart altogether and presenting the key takeaways. DESIGNED BY Nothing tunes 
 people out faster than a deck filled with uninspiring charts.

07. Lack of humor 
No matter what your topic is, don’t take yourself too seriously. Humor is a powerful tool. Know your audience, draw from relevant anecdotes, and practice your delivery.

08. Lack of passion and enthusiasm
If you’re not excited about your topic, why should they be? If your topic doesn’t excite you, find something about 
 it that does. 
 Don’t fake it – your audience will see right through it!

09. Too much information  
People can only retain three points really well before their retention drops. Start by removing the clutter. Each slide should have a clear focal point and any text or graphic should make a strong impact.

10. No engagement or interaction 
You can engage 
 your audience with 
 simple gestures 
 like eye contact, movement around the stage, or discussion. Communication 
 is a two-way street


 

 

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