Are You Guilty of These Bad Presentation Habits?

What makes a bad presentation…well, bad?

You’ve heard the saying “There are no small parts, only small actors?” It’s pretty much the same for public speaking: There are no bad presentations, only bad presenters. You can win over any audience talking about any subject when you know how to present your material in a way people find engaging. But If you’re not willing to put any effort into developing strong presentation skills, it will show in your presentations.

Sidestep The Bad Presentation Habits

Bad presentation habits can be hard to shake. When you grow used to doing things a certain way, implementing change seems unnatural, and so you revert to your old ways. The problem is, those old ways are lousy. Your presentations are bad because you aren’t replacing your old (terrible) presentation ways with new habits. Or maybe the problem is you don’t realize how bad your habits are. Here are 5 bad presentation habits we see time and again. The good news is, once you know what you’re doing wrong, you can make changes and start doing things right.

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  1. Stanley Richard says:

    I am a crime tour guide in Chicago,Capone’s town. All the guidelines are good. But try delivering a presentation during massive construction work wherein the bus shakes, rattles, and rolls over potholes. I M constantly bounced around standing up and lose my train of thought sometimes. Secondly, I look at a speech as training for a fight. Go at it full blast, ready to kick butt by thorough prepping.

  2. Anita Ayela says:

    Yes, I am guilty of doing all these and more. Sure need to correct these in the future.

  3. britanica says:

    The eye contact thing, I struggle with that so much and I think it does give people the wrong idea. I have always had a hard time making eye contact with people, even people I have relationships with (family too!). How can you break out of something like this? It just doesn’t feel natural for me to look into someone’s eye, I am not sure why or even when this started.

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