5 Presentation Mistakes and How To Fix Them
There are around 350 presentations given around the world at any given time, yet a lot of people still haven't gotten a hang of giving great presentations. Here are some of the most common presentation mistakes people make and how to fix them:
Too much information
Your slides are not a teleprompter. If you put every single thing that you're going to say on your slides, the audience might as well get the slides and do away with you.Your audience wants to listen to you speak, not read what you want to say. A great tip is to keep one main point per slide so you don't overload the audience with information and they don't skip ahead of you. Also make sure that you're only putting the most important things on your slides. Which brings us to our next common mistake
Handing out your slides
Never ever ever hand out slide print outs to the audience. Your slide print outs mean nothing becasue they dont have details - as it should be. Instead, you can give detailed information in a handout - printed document to leave behind or ebook that your audience can download - to supplement your presentation. Expand on the points in your presentation, and include a list of references for further information.
Not enough visuals
A similar mistake to this is using unprofessional, unattractive, cheesy stock photos. Even worse is using low quality designs. Make sure to use clean, beautiful fonts and avoid ugly, chunky fonts. Googling "beautiful fonts" is a good place to start.
Make sure you use a simple template or theme for your presentation slides. Try to resist popular templates, clip art, too many fancy fonts and too much visuals. If you can, hire someone who is experienced to create original and beautiful backgrounds and graphics for your presentation. If you can’t, be sure to keep design consistent throughout. A tip to remember is that light text is difficult to read on a dark background.
The key to doing anything excellently is practice. The best speakers practice in advance, more suitably in front of someone who hasn’t seen the presentation. Rehearse your speech as often as possible so that you don’t have to constantly look at a computer screen or your notes. Make sure to leave enough time at the end for questions and interacting with your audience.
Giving a presentation may be scary and difficult, but by noting all of the above and taking a conscious efforts to not make these mistakes, your presentation will rock.