Over the past 5 years I’ve given a few hundred presentations in front of crowds from 10 to 1,000.
I also make sure to attend other speakers’ presentations, sometimes to delight and sometimes to horror.
Despite that experience, I’m far from a perfect speaker. But I am passionate, knowledgeable and continuously trying to optimize my speaking skills. Part of this comes from feedback but also from watching people give presentations.
There are many mistakes I’ve made that all could have been avoided. I have a feeling this is the case for many. Whether you give presentations at conferences or internally, here are a few tips on what to avoid.