7 bad habits that ruin good presentations

Avoid these common mistakes to make a lasting impression on your audience.

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A good presentation can define a person and organization. Good presentations are what allow others to view you as a leader in your industry and an expert in your field.

However, good presentations are ruined by a handful of bad habits. Put the work in to eliminate the following seven bad habits, and you will almost assuredly give the kind of presentations that engage, educate and inspire your listeners.

Bad habit #1: Not rehearsing

Steve Jobs is considered one of the best presenters of all time. He made it look so effortless. Those who knew him confirm that he would spend countless hours choosing just the right words and rehearsing his presentations over and over again.

Never underestimate the power of rehearsal. When you know your presentation inside and out, you feel confident and less nervous the day of the event.

It’s a good idea to speak it out loud by yourself a few times, and then ask friends, family and colleagues to listen and give feedback.

Also, consider videotaping yourself so you can see how you look and sound. Are your ideas flowing? Are you stiff and awkward, or do you sound natural? Are you leaving the listener with an actionable takeaway?

Be honest with yourself. Take honest feedback from others, and make any necessary adjustments you need to before the event.

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