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The WORST Ways to Open Your Presentation!

Updated: Oct 29, 2023


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A presentation is a crucial tool for any speaker to convey their message effectively to the audience.

It is a platform to showcase your ideas, passion, or products to a group of people.

However, the way you start your presentation can make or break the entire event.

A Poor Opening can lead to a loss of interest and quickly lose an audience.

Here are some of the WORST ways to open a presentation:

  1. Being Late: Starting a presentation late is one of the most unprofessional things a speaker can do. It shows a lack of respect for the audience’s time and creates a negative impression. The audience will disengage themselves from your presentation as they may have already lost faith in your ability to manage time effectively.

  2. Starting with a Joke or Story that has nothing to do with the topic of the speech. It might be a great story or joke, but if it isn’t relevant to your topic it throws the audience a curve ball from the get-go.

  3. Reading from Notes: Your audience will quickly become annoyed and lose interest if you just read from a set of notes without any emotion or engagement. This can lead to a lack of energy in the room and an overall lack of attention from them.

  4. Overusing Jargons: Using too many technical terms or jargons in the beginning of the presentation can confuse and overwhelm the audience. People are not impressed with words and phrases they don’t know. They feel stupid and may lose interest in the presentation if they are unable to follow the content.

  5. Starting with a Sales Pitch: The audience may feel put off if you start with a sales pitch. This is especially true if the presentation was marketed as informative or educational. An audience wants to be informed and engaged, not sold to.

  6. Starting with an Overly Complex or Boring Introduction: The audience will quickly become disinterested if the opening of the presentation is overly complex or boring. The opening should be simple, concise, and engaging, providing the audience with a clear understanding of what your talk will be about.

In conclusion, a poor opening can lead to a disastrous presentation. It is essential to start a presentation with a clear and concise introduction that engages the audience. By avoiding the worst ways to open a presentation, a speaker can set the stage for a successful and memorable event.

Don’t use any of the above in your presentation openings and they will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


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