The 8 mistakes to avoid when giving presentations

Presentations are a key part of getting your message across to peers, potential customers and interested parties. Creating a presentation that is exciting to watch, involving to be a part of, and memorable to your audience is a tough nut to crack. We've put together an animation of eight potential presentation pitfalls to avoid.
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Presentations are a key part of getting your message across to peers, potential customers and interested parties. Creating a presentation that is exciting to watch, involving to be a part of, and memorable to your audience is a tough nut to crack.

We’ve put together an animation of eight potential presentation pitfalls to avoid.

1. Not using imagery

Nobody likes dry, text-only presentations. Put in relevant imagery to communicate your message in a visual way. This could include photographs, illustrations or diagrams. Remember: every picture paints a thousand words.

2. Not using gestures and accentuating your voice

When presenting your slides try and accentuate your voice and gesture as you speak. Keeping positive body language will allow people to see that you believe what you are saying.

3. Not keeping consistency

Keeping your presentation consistent in style and delivery allows you to come across in a more professional manner. Ensure that your slides have the same layout, your typefaces are consistent and your text is easy to read throughout.

4. Not using the right layout

When choosing a layout for your slides, keeping it simple is the key. Having information spread all over your slides will be confusing to your audience, limiting how much information they can take in.

5. A lack of narrative

If your presentation has a narrative that creates a story, your audience will feel engaged with your content.

6. Too much information per slide

Packing your presentation with loads of information can create presentations that are too difficult to understand. Strip your presentation down to the core points and elaborate on them while you present.

7. Keep your audience involved

To keep your audience engaged with your presentation, interact with them throughout your presentation by asking them questions. This will keep them on their toes and interested in what you have to say.

8. No waffling!

When you’re passionate about what you’re presenting, it can be all too easy to waffle on. The easiest way to overcome this is to practice your presentation in advance and keep an eye on the time while you are presenting it.

Go forth and present!

We hope you take our eight tips on board for the next time you give your presentation. Remember, keep your slides simple, your audience engaged, and body language positive.

If you need help getting your message across to your clients, please get in touch with Xpand.