To make sure you don’t lose your audience I asked Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, accomplished speaker and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, about things you should never say in your presentations.
Here’s what van Zanten thinks you should never say:
1. “I’m jet-lagged/tired/hungover.”
One in five presentations at any conference starts with an excuse: “They only invited me yesterday,” or, “I’m really tired from my trip,” or some other lame excuse the audience doesn’t want to hear.
The audience just wants to see you give it your best. If you feel like crap and can’t give it your best, maybe you should have cancelled. Take a pill, drink an espresso and kill it!
2. “Can you hear me? Yes you can!”
This is how many people start their talks. They tap a microphone three times, shout, “Can you all hear me in the back?” and smile apologetically when it becomes clear that everybody can hear them, but no one raised their hand.