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25 Common Presentation Mistakes and Tips
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, Netherlands
Some people have a natural talent for public speaking. But of course, those without such innate abilities can improve their presentation skills as well.
Here's a list of frequently made presentation mistakes and pitfalls (most of them I made myself 😃). Hopefully this will help you to avoid the most common presentation pitfalls:

  1. Not considering the PURPOSE for this presentation (what is your aim, what are you trying to achieve, when is it successful)
  2. Insufficient PREPARATION (subject, content, invitation, travel directions)
  3. Insufficient REHEARSING (practice for some friends)
  4. Not considering your AUDIENCE beforehand (who are they, what are they interested in, what's in it for them. In small groups, you can also ask for their expectations at the beginning of your presentation)
  5. Not considering PRE-READING HAND OUT (allow your audience to prepare)
  6. Not checking the EQU... Read more? Sign up for free

25 Common Presentation Errors
Amarnath Krishnaswamy, Professor, India, Member

Common Mistakes in Presenting
Ronald Ainsbury, Management Consultant, New Zealand, Member

Who Should Introduce the Presenter?
MJ Stombaugh, Student (MBA), United States, Member

Enjoy Presenting Yourself and Show It
carol, Business Consultant, United States, Member

Layout and Font Size of your Presentation
MUNI DAVE, Business Consultant, India, Member

Presentation Mistakes and Tips
Matthews Mwase, Student (MBA), Malawi, Member

Presentation Mistakes and Tips
Locke, Teacher, New Zealand, Member

Do a Tryout for your Friends
Yuriy Duchev, CxO / Board, Ukraine, Member

Tips to Engage the Audience of your Presentation
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member

Pre-reading Hand Outs and Templates
Jaime Arevalo, Colombia, Member

Great Presentation Mistakes and Tips
Karibi George, Nigeria, Member

Further Presentation Tips
Gavril, Management Consultant, Albania, Member

No Awareness About the Purpose of your Presentation
Ray Uday Shankar Prasad, India, Member

How to Find Out what your Audience is Interested in?
Theo Villella, Business Consultant, United States, Member

More Tips and Pointers
Theo Villella, Business Consultant, United States, Member

Some More Presentation Errors en Tips
Isaiah Maisiba, Accountant, Kenya, Member

How to Present
Mohammed, HR Consultant, Saudi Arabia, Member

Presentation Tips: More on Rehearsing
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Premium Member

Mistakes During Presentations
Helen Strong, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member


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