7 Big Presentation Mistakes

August 6, 2020

Sitting through a bad presentation can be a nightmare. But, being the one giving that bad presentation is admittedly worse. Just imagine watching people doze off, look confused or unsettled as you speak. At this point, it would be no surprise if your speech gets interrupted by a side conversation. It is easy to criticize the presentation when you are in the audience; but know that you will inevitably experience the same at some point in your life. But, we are all human in the end of the day and there is nothing more human than making mistakes. Here is a list of 7 of those mistakes commonly observed during presentations.

1. Not having a clear goal

Before you get started on a presentation, know what kind of a message you would like to give. Make the message clear in both the content of the presentation and in the way you deliver the material. Do not confuse the message by excessive content or lack of proper content. Something that can easily get in the way of your point is you not having enough knowledge on the subject matter. It would be very unfortunate for your presentation if your audience detects a lack of expertise in your voice.

2. Technical problems

The necessary cable to connect the computer to the screen doesn’t exist in the classroom. The internet is not working. Your presentation was stored on another USB drive that you neglected to bring. The video is not playing on the slide. To avoid these problems, you need practice beforehand. Know where you will be giving the presentation. Or, even better, go there and do a practice run. With Decktopus, technical problems can easily be avoided. You can access your presentation online or offline, download, and easily share the presentation without having to go through the technicalities.

3. Not using the time well

Your presentation runs over time or is too short because of a lack of content. Perhaps you talked too fast. This is very easy to solve. Time your practice run and adjust your content accordingly. In fact, Decktopus let’s you set time limits for each slide and manages your content through placing limits on the word- count.

4. Lack or Abundance of Visuals

Too much can distract your audience. Too few can make your audience lose attention on your content. Finding the golden ratio may be a little bit difficult. Try to place visuals that support not distract from the content. You can also practice on a friend and see how they react to the visuals.

5. Inappropriate humor or attire

This mistake can also be connected to not knowing your audience. Know who you are talking to and decide on your attire and tone of voice accordingly. Too relaxed and sarcastic may be unfit for a professional environment. So is extra politeness and lack of comical element for a class presentation.

6. Too much

Too much text, too much content to cover, too many slides… A lot can be too much. Many people assume that presentations should be as comprehensive as possible. But, this is not your college dissertation. In fact, keeping it simple and minimizing the number of points you would like to make will save you a lot of effort and time, while keeping your presentation to the point.

7. Poor Delivery

Creating the content is hard, but delivery of the content may be even harder. Talking too fast, not maintaining eye-contact, being too loud, being too quiet… These are all pitfalls for the poor presentation-giver. Watch out for these and consider educating yourself on public speaking.

Refer to this video for more information on common presentation mistakes!

Do not dwell on the past bad presentations you made. Dwell on the future and how you can change it. Noticing common mistakes is the first step to change them for the better. Go decktopus.com and create the perfect presentation now!

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