Anyone who has given enough talks (and is honest) will tell you: they’ve bombed. It is the worst feeling in the world. But even worse are those who have bombed but don’t realize it. If you want to bomb, here are 5 Things that are sure-fire ways to do it:
1. Talk Down
Just because you are the expert on one thing doesn’t make you the expert on all things. And even in your area of expertise, it is likely that your audience is more of a peer group than freshmen students. Speak like you are speaking to your inner circle.
2. Don’t Listen
Nothing is quite so irritating as a speaker who takes questions from the floor but treats them as objections to handle rather than information to absorb. If you aren’t ready to learn from your audience, you are ready to bomb.
3. Depend on Technology
All technology at some point fails. This includes LCD projectors, laptops, laser pointers, and clickers. If you can’t deliver your presentation without slides, videos or other enhancements, you are ready to bomb.
4. Don’t Rehearse
Maybe a better way to say it is, “rehearse in front of your audience.” Learn from the pros, and rehearse like hell.
5. Ignore Advice to Cut Some Slides
If you are like 95% of the non-professional speakers out there, you have too many slides. And people around you are politely imploring you to use the delete button. But you say, “this slide is important” or “this slide will only take 15 seconds” or “this slide will only take a minute.” Sorry, but you have all but chosen to bomb.
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