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