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Present Better – Things You Shouldn’t Be Saying During A Presentation

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You may have spent a decent amount of time making that presentation and think all the major boxes are ticked, but it’s the smallest of gestures and expressions that end up exposing your inefficiencies that can cost you the contract. Your casual fillers and harmless admittances can often render the presentation appear not-up-to-the-mark. Here are some common things a lot of people say during presentations, but they really shouldn’t:

”LET ME BEGIN QUICKLY; THIS MIGHT TAKE A WHILE…”
When you say this, you have already lost some of your audience’s interest even before beginning the presentation. Hearing the presenter say things like, “I have a lot of information to go through” makes the audience feel that they’re in for a lengthy and tedious presentation. You know how long your presentation is, your audience doesn’t. So, if you want to keep them interested for as long as possible, don’t tell them how long it might be.

”I’M NOT SURE IF YOU CAN READ THIS, IT SAYS…”
Firstly, you shouldn’t put something like that in your slide, because if it can’t be seen or read, then what’s the point of putting it there? However, if your presentation has any such congested components, don’t point a flashlight at them yourself – it gives off the impression that you tried to squeeze something in that you didn’t properly spend time on. The best way to avoid saying this is to remember what it reads and explain it with confidence so that it doesn’t look like you don’t know your stuff.

”IT IS OBVIOUSLY EVIDENT ON THIS CHART/SLIDE THAT…”
Nothing is obviously evident to your audience unless you bring them on the same page as you are about that particular point. As a presenter, you need to understand that only you are thoroughly familiar with the contents of your presentation, while your audience is viewing it for the very first time. Instead of making this statement, you should explain your point and enable the audience to understand the obvious through your explanation rather than from you stating that it is evident.

”I COULDN’T PREPARE BERY THOROUGHLY SO…”
You think you are lowering your audience’s expectations by making this statement, but what you’re actually doing is making the viewers feel that not only did you take them less seriously, but this is also going to be a waste of their time. Even if you aren’t very well prepared, don’t state it out loud, just do the best you can in that situation.

These may be minute things, but they hold power to reveal a lot about your ways of working. To make things work in your favour, you need to take care of these little things and be better prepared so that the need for any of these statements doesn’t arise in the first place.

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