The 10 Most Common Mistakes
How Can You Develop Like A Pro?
In business today, you need to be fast, efficient and effective in every task you undertake. Successful presenters are always finding ways to upgrade their skills and eliminate any weaknesses.
Provided below is a list of some of the biggest mistakes people make, insights into how to avoid them and alternative solutions that will help you to produce better presentations in less time:
A huge mistake people make is sprinting to their workstation to begin the work. The desk is usually the worst place to think, surrounded by numerous distractions and interruptions. The start point for all presentations should be pen and paper away from the desk, which allows you to be more creative and open to innovative ideas.
Another massive mistake is developing and animating slide shows without a plan. Figuring out what needs to be achieved and detailing every action step can save you hours of wasted time and endless frustration. The worst thing you can do in business is ‘to do well what doesn’t need to be done at all’.
Thorough preparation ensures that you don’t get caught out at critical moments. Undertaking research, gathering essential resources and alerting people that you will be needing their help are usually necessary parts of the preparation process. It’s your job to figure out the others.
One of the worst things you can possibly do is to create your presentation without clearly defined goals. This sets you up for failure, and can be avoided by figuring out clear objectives for yourself and your audience.
Producing countless drafts is highly inefficient and wastes vast amounts of time, especially when there are large numbers of people involved. Although rounds of editing will always be necessary, constant revisions can lead to what seems like an endless loop of changes. This can be avoided by producing an outline and following it through to completion.
All presentations should follow a coherent structure. Not only does this help you to develop the order of the slides, but it helps the audience to follow your presentation and process the information.
Never deliver a presentation without receiving constructive feedback from co-workers, friends or peers. One of the most powerful ways to improve your presentation is to ask for recommendations for improvements, preferably from neutral third parties who are able to offer an objective perspective.
Do you have an efficient process for drafting, editing, designing or reviewing? It pays to spend time considering and agreeing how you or your team are going to approach the process of developing the presentation in the most streamlined and efficient way.
Spending four hours designing and animating a series of slides that are consequently deleted is not an effective use of time. Be rigorous with your time keeping, only do what is essential and avoid any temptation to veer off track. Plan your work, then work your plan. Unless it is critical to the outcome of your presentation, don’t do it.
This old chestnut appears to crop up in virtually all business activity. Some people are masters at putting off vital activity, which they replace with less important, but perhaps more enjoyable tasks. Only do what needs to be done, never let the size of the task deter you from starting it, and always remember, ‘the sooner you start, the sooner the job gets done’.
So there you have it. Once again in summary, these are the mistakes to avoid:
1: WORKING @ THE DESK
2: BAD PLANNING
3: POOR PREPARATION
4: UNCLEAR OBJECTIVES
5: TOO MANY DRAFTS
6: NO STRUCTURE
7: NO FEEDBACK
8: WEAK SYSTEMS
9: WASTING TIME