Presentations are tricky even for someone in the show business.
Michael Bay recently had trouble with the teleprompter
in his presentation for Samsung during CES and walked off stage. It doesn’t take long for a presentation to go downhill, but there is something you can do to avoid the most common issues that you’ll face with your presentations.
How many presentations have you sat through that didn’t involve some kind of technical glitch? It always takes time for everything to be set up and working perfectly. Then there’s always some pandemonium and embarrassment when something goes wrong at the crucial moment.
Even if you are sending an online presentation to the client and explaining it over a Skype call or through chat, things do go wrong. In cases like these, it’s best to have an anecdote handy to keep the audience occupied while things get fixed.
You’re staring at the presentation but you’ve forgotten one of the main points you had to drive home the point. The solution to this problem is not rote memorization. That way, your presentation will sound rehearsed and mechanical. The solution is to rehearse the presentation in your own words so that you can develop some kind of association in your mind to help remember key points.
Lack of Motivation
People like presentations that inspire and motivate them. So if you’re concentrating on facts and figures instead of emotions, your presentation is probably not going to be listened to with enthusiasm. Add funny anecdotes, relevant success stories and paint the big picture with hypothetical situations to your presentation.
Most people on the receiving end of a presentation want the presenter to do well, because it’s not really fun to sit through a presentation where the presenter is shy or anxious. If your communication skills go down the drain the minute you face a crowd, try concentrating on the content of your presentation rather than the crowd. Once you get started, you’ll find it easier to gain momentum and finish the presentation.
Bad presentations do cost you time and money as a company, so make sure you try to make each one count. Are there any other major issues you face while presenting your content, online or offline? Tell us about it in the comments.