Mistakes you shouldn’t make when starting a presentation
As a good and exceptional speaker, you should always focus on delivering an efficient, captivating, unique, and better presentation. When you are preparing for a presentation or speech, it’s just like you are sculpting, where you will have to remove the excess clay until you have your great artwork. The beginning of your speech or presentation really matters. What you do or say in the beginning of your presentation can either make or mar the presentation or your reputation a public speaker. Today, audiences do not wait for you to get to the middle of your presentation before the judge you.
In most cases, they will judge you through your first words or statements, your first action when you get to the stage, among many others. “First impression last longer” so they say. It is that first impression you make that will be a stepping stone to developing the interest of your audience in your presentation. They will be propelled to be patient and listen to the rest of the presentation.
So, do you want to start your presentation with a bang or you want to start it with a bust? There are some mistakes you should avoid when starting a presentation.
Don’t start with a joke
Even though injecting a funny moment into your presentation can be fun to your audience, don’t ever make a mistake of starting your presentation with a joke, it can be disastrous. Sometimes it is difficult to tell jokes in front of people most especially at the beginning of a conversation.
Don’t say “I am really nervous”
It is sometimes good to admit your imperfection as a public speaker. “No one is an Island” so they say but you should not show your audience your imperfection by telling them that you are nervous, it is your first time or that you are a lousy presenter. Telling them all these show them you lack confidence. Most times, your audience may not notice your nervousness so don’t foretell your presentation disaster.
Don’t say “I am not fully prepared”
Ever wondered how you will feel if a speaker says “I am not fully prepared “when starting his presentation? This is the same way your audience will feel. Many of them will lose the interest of listening to your presentation or stand up, thinking you have nothing to offer or deliver.
Don’t appear to be perfect
While starting your presentation, you should not appear to be perfect and the only way to do that is to create rapport between you and your audience. If there is rapport you will have the opportunity to show human flaws and accept the mistakes. Everyone stands to be corrected, so appearing to be perfect at the beginning of a presentation can be a disaster too.
Don’t start your presentation with an apology
Do not say words like “I am sorry for starting late” or “I am sorry for the way I dress” it is a depressing way of starting a presentation.
Improve the way you start your presentation or speech and also get them in the right direction. You will be amazed at the difference it’s going to make.