We’ve all been there. Whether behind the podium or sitting in the audience when presentations flop, we can’t help but cringe. Here are some of the most common pitfalls to avoid when making your presentation.
Identifying and correcting these issues can have resounding effects for you and your business. Strong presentations can help to impress leaders in your organization are more likely to effectively move initiatives forward.
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The seven common reasons presentations flop
- The presenter has no clear point they are trying to make. Having a dozen points to make is pretty much the same as having none.
- The presenter is out of touch with the needs, interests, and knowledge of the audience.
- The presenter doesn’t have any benefits for the audience. The audience is constantly thinking, “What’s in this for ME?”
- There is no clear flow through the content.
- The presentation is too detailed.
- The presentation is too long.
- The presenter fails to show and instead just tries to tell.
These aren’t the only problems, but they are the most serious. Addressing them correctly can significantly improve your ability to persuade and gain buy-in from your audience.
Once you’ve figured out what goes wrong, find out how to improve your presentation with “Creating presentations to get permission from leadership”