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Things your 

audience hates about
your presentation
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Starting with
a long intro
that's all
about you.

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The first few
minutes of a
presentation
are the most
important.

Start your
presentation with a
quick introduction
to who you are and
then reel them in
with a compelling
opener.

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02
Too much
focus on
facts and not
emotions.
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You might impress
your audience with
your sales growth 
but they will walk
away remembering
how they felt.
People remember
stories, not facts.

02
You won't
score points
with a data
dump.

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03
Disorganized
content

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03
Poor presentation
flow will lose your
audience’s
attention.

When developing
your presentation,
outline your content
first. This will act as
a roadmap that your
audience can follow.

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04
Transition &
animation
overload

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Keep it simple.
If you’re going to use
them, choose one or
two that are no-frills
and stick with them the
whole way through.

04
Transitions &
animations can
create emphasis
but too much can
be annoying.

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05
Being
read to

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05
Avoid putting
everything on
the slide and
reading it out
like a script.

Stick with a 

few key ideas.
The visual
presentation
should only
complement your
verbal one.

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06
Endless
charts

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You can make
more of an impact
by removing the
chart altogether
and presenting the
key takeaways.

06
Nothing tunes 

people out faster than
a deck filled with
uninspiring charts.
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07
Lack of
humor

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07
No matter what
your topic is, don't
take yourself too
seriously.

Humor is a
powerful tool.
Know your
audience, draw
from relevant
anecdotes, and
practice your
delivery.
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Lack of
passion and
enthusiasm
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If your topic doesn't
excite you, find
something about 

it that does. 

Don’t fake it - your
audience will see
right through it!

08
If you're not
excited about
your topic,
why should
they be?

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09
Too much
information

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2

People can
only retain
three points
1
really well
before their
retention drops.

3

Start by removing
the clutter. Each
slide should have a
clear focal point
and any text or
graphic should
make a strong
impact.

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10
No
engagement
or interaction
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You can engage 

your audience with 

simple gestures 

like eye contact,
movement around the
stage, or discussion.

10
Communication 

is a two-way
street

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Which presentation mistakes do you hate the most?
Read the full article online at stinsondesign.com/blog

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