Stupid Mistakes That Sabotage Your Speech and Business Presentation

It’s hard to believe that speaking before an audience is more frightful than dying, but reports indicate people consistently rank public speaking as their #1 fear.

One reason presenting in public is frightening is that we feel exposed on a platform in front of a crowd. We worry that we’ll do something stupid to embarrass ourselves or to sabotage our careers. After all, we’ve seen other people stand before a crowd and do stupid things.

Fortunately, we can learn from the mistakes of others, and we can avoid them. This article describes mistakes I’ve seen people make to sabotage their own success. I share these examples with you so you don’t make the same mistakes. You can set your fear aside today!

Make Negative Jokes about Your Competence

A consultant was asked to address a group for a potential client. The consultant had 30 minutes to say something useful and make an impression in order to be asked back for a fee. Following the introduction, audience members clapped.

The speaker responded to the applause with this statement, “It’s nice to receive applause before you start a presentation-because you never know what will happen afterwards.” Good grief, what was he thinking?!

Audience members form an opinion of a speaker in the first seconds of a presentation. This speaker used those precious first seconds to say he might lose control of the speech. Who would want to listen to him, let alone hire him?!

Self-deprecating humor is fine, and sometimes it’s desirable-but NOT as you introduce your speech and NOT about your competence. As you begin a speech, strive to grab the audience’s attention, establish a connection with them, and show you are qualified to address the topic.

Tell the Entire Story-Except How It Applies to the Audience

An accomplished physician and medical researcher told me about a presentation she had recently made. “I gave too much background and had to rush when explaining the clinical implications.” “Who was the audience?” I asked. The answer: “It was a conference for clinicians.”

It’s natural for a researcher, sales person or executive to structure a presentation chronologically. It’s natural to expect the background information to lend weight to the finale-the conclusion or recommendation. It’s natural, that is, if you’re thinking from a speaker’s perspective.

From an audience member’s perspective, this “natural” approach can be a boring put-off. Chances are you’ve had the experience-as an audience member-of feeling your eyes glaze over when a presenter droned on about background or technical details that were entirely irrelevant to you.

Audience members come for the finale. They are interested in background details only to the point that the details clarify or support the recommendation or results. Limit background to information audience members must know to understand how the material applies to them.

Start with the finale-even give the punch line-and you’ll grab the audience’s attention and provide a framework to put the details that follow into perspective. Provide a web link for those interested in more detail.

Try to Cram Two Pounds of Material into a One-Pound Time Slot

When you try to cram 60 minutes of material in a 20 minute time slot, you’ve made a stupid mistake. In presentations, a simple equation applies: less content equals more power.
This is not to say that the quality of your content doesn’t count or that superficial equals successful. It does mean the following:

*Audience members are more likely to retain one well-developed point than five points that you rush through.

*Rush speed is exhausting for the speaker and overwhelming for the audience. When you deliver an appropriate amount of material for your time slot, you’ll have time for dramatic pauses and other delivery techniques that increase audience interest and retention.

*When you try to cram 60 minutes into a 20 minute time slot, it often means you haven’t done your homework. You haven’t thought about what your audience needs to hear as opposed to what you’d like to say. Cramming is a mistake of the lazy speaker-don’t do it!

Evaluations – Practice Being a Coach to Improve Your Presentations

Do you watch Dancing with the Stars? One of the three judges is Bruno Tonioli. Usually, I have a problem with him. Particularly when he addresses the contestants. It is at that time that he will usually express himself in a manner such as “You need to work on your rhythm. You looked like Shrek lumbering about for your dinner!”

PU-LEASE! Is that type of comment necessary? I hope you will agree it is not. Perhaps, in the style of Simon Cowell, they hope to boost ratings. But let’s take a look at it from a public speaking standpoint.

Tonight, Bruno said to one of the worst dancers, “You were on, you were off, your were on… You had a section in the middle where you were with the music, but you need to work on that. Work on staying with the music.”

Don’t you think that is better than, “You look like a broken juke box! Skipping and jumping and not keeping the rhythm.”

As a presenter, you can learn two things from this. First, connect with your audience. Don’t alienate them. If you can connect with your audience, they are more likely to listen, to consider, and maybe to see it your way. That is true whether you are evaluating them, or whether your are presenting a new business proposal or donation request.

Second, learn from evaluations. Learn from others’ evaluations wherever you find them. And if you can’t find them, do them yourselves. Evaluate people. Do it in your head if necessary. Get used to noticing the things that you yourself need to work on. Maybe even by noticing mistakes in others, you will notice that you have the same problem which you didn’t notice before.

It is similar to when you purchase a new car. Before you bought that car, whatever make or model, you didn’t notice that particular car on the road. But once you bought it, you notice every one on the road. The same goes with any type of expertise. The more you watch for it, the more you notice it, the more easily you pick it up in the future. This can be used to your advantage. Look for good and bad presentation techniques in others and you will start to notice them in yourself.

By the way, there is a term for that sensitivity. I heard it on the radio last month. Do you know what it is?

Tips For Developing And Improving Mobile Applications

Without a serious comprehension of your objective clients’ in-application personal conduct standards or mental underpinnings, you will not be prepared to construct a portable item to fulfill a focal objective or surpass assumptions.

Regardless of whether you are important for the occasion group or to liable for the end-client experience, these tips will help when creating or working on a versatile application.

Do uphold ongoing encounters

Current applications expect admittance to ongoing occasions from backend administrations, for example, a caution for a manufacturing plant checking application, or flight data for air terminal ground staff, airplane team and travelers. Join information conveyance advancements inside your application improvement cycle that brilliantly survey information to just send the most forward-thinking data in a split second.

Do guarantee your application is profoundly responsive

At the point when your end-client accomplishes something with your application, you need to react, promptly and positively not longer than four seconds (we lose consideration in that space of time!). Conveying an outstanding client experience is about intelligence and responsiveness of the application, the idealness and pertinence of the information it presents and the expense of the running the application. Give an advancement stage that empowers you to construct applications that can adapt to speed, commitment and pertinence of information.

Blunder Free Functionality

Application makers don’t generally zero in enough of their endeavors on culminating the usefulness of an application for their clients and deplorably end up with a flawed item. A report from Localities uncovers that 21% of versatile clients leave an application after one use if the application doesn’t convey the experience they anticipate.

The usefulness of the application should help the client complete the assignments they need to achieve to accomplish their objective, which is the inspiration for downloading the application in the first place. Focusing on center highlights during the item guide period of advancement will empower clients to do jobs all the more without any problem. Make sure to offer significant portable just functionalities that will urge a bigger number of clients to download your application instead of returning to a site.

Ease of use

Ease of use envelops the format of data, plan, content, and different components that empower clients to achieve their objectives inside the application. Help your clients by disclosing to them which symbols can be chosen, tapped, or swiped. Guarantee that you stay steady with signals all through the application to enhance convenience. For instance, if swiping up erases a thing, ensure the equivalent is valid for all screens inside the application. Additionally, think about the size of catches and connections by making them simple to tap and all around separated to stay away from any determination mistakes.

Incorporate Behavioral Gesturization

Gesturization includes the activities clients make while communicating with your application, for example, squeezing, swiping, and looking over. For instance, swipe signals presently work with activities, for example, “share” and “erase.” Knowing how your clients act is urgent for gesturization to get what activities they’re acquainted with. Thusly, clients will feel more alright with your application, making the onboarding interaction a lot simpler.

Conclusion

Making an advanced portable application client experience includes numerous components that work efficiently to fulfill clients while additionally meeting business objectives. An ideal UX requires an inventive shift away from ordinary practices towards a portable explicit perspective. With more modest screens, varieties of gadget capacities, and changing client practices, portable UX holds numerous chances for headway. These ten contemplations will help you shape a definitive versatile UX inside the setting of a client focused methodology.