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10 Worst Presentation Habits

Posted By Rayne Provost, Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I've been asked to make a presentation at my industry niche association meeting. What are some things to make it a winner?

In his book, 10 Simple Secrets of the World's Greatest Business Communicators,Carmine Gallo, a communication coach, author and former anchor for CNN and CBS, lists his
10 Worst Presentation Habits.

  • Read from notes. Review your material, absorb it and deliver it without notes.
  • Avoid eye contact. Make eye contact with your listeners 90% of the time. Glance at your notes or slides from time to time, but just as a reminder. Speak to your listeners, not your slides.
  • Dress Down. Always dress appropriately for the culture, but a little better than everyone else.
  • Fidget, jiggle and sway. Simple solution? Don't! Videotape presentations or rehearsals to catch your flaws.
  • Fail to rehearse. Practice every component of your presentation - the material, flow of slides and when and where you may walk or interact with the audience.
  • Stand at attention. Move, walk, use hand gestures - be animated in voice and body.
  • Recite bullet points. Don't write too many words on a slide. Avoid more than 4 words across or 6 lines down. Tell stories, anecdotes and examples.
  • Speak too long. Do you spend 5 minutes saying something you could say in 30 seconds?
  • Fail to excite. Tell them why they should be excited about your content - why they should care.
  • End with an inspiration deficit. Summarize what you said in your presentation, but leave them with one key thought that makes an impact or makes their jaws drop.

TIP:Feel like you'd like to improve in this area? Consider the IMC Academy Webinar by popular business speaker Tim Wackel.

Anatomy of a Lousy Pitch: The 6 Worst Presentation Habits and How to Avoid Them! on Tuesday, September 24th at 1:00 pm ET. 
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