How To Improve the Performance of your Presentations - Part II

41 tips of what NOT to do during a presentation

These tips are further to "How to improve the performance of your presentations Part I. The tips are intentionally not in any particular order or sequence. This is due to the fact the importance of any given infraction can vary according to the place where it occurs; secondly because it may help to remember them.

One has to keep in mind we are pointing to infractions! So, we want to stress the need to avoid and/or deviate the attention for people not noticing them. So here are some more tips on what not to do in a presentation:


1.       Using incoherent visuals, or with misspelled words.

2.       Pointing out errors in his (her) own material.

3.       Visuals out of focus.

4.       Visuals with outdated information.

5.       Projection out-framing the screen.

6.       Not praising a well formulated question or an adequate answer.

7.       Not having had a good preparation for the class.

8.       Not using guiding notes when necessary.

9.       Being surprised by the disorder of own material.

10.   Excessive and perceptible trembling hands.

11.   Stating that you had no time for preparation.

12.   Stating that the preparation was poor.

13.   Stating that the visuals are horrible.

14.   Stating that he (she) is nervous.

15.   Stating that he (she) knows the presentation is really monotonous.

16.   Inadequate behavior (chewing gum, eating, dirty shoes, clothing, etc).

17.   Trembling voice.

18.   Stuttering.

19.   Keeping in front of someone when presenting a visual.

20.   Letting an object impede one from seeing the visuals.

21.   Not using colors in the visuals, when recommended.

22.   Not introducing him (her) self.

23.   Not making his (her) name visible at all times.

24.   Losing time to order the visuals.

25.   Turning back too long to the audience.

26.   Operating audiovisual equipment with no proper acquaintance of it.

27.   Not having spare lamps and not knowing who has.

28.   Continue to dwell on an obstinate participant.

29.   Using expressions like “Did you really understand?”.

30.   Writing too slowly on the blackboard/chart.

31.   Reproaching a participant publicly.

32.   Using incorrect verbal expressiona.

33.   Using incomplete sentences.

34.   Answering a question looking just to the person that formulated it.

35.   Interrupting phrases with babbling guttural sounds.

36.   Losing control over interventions and parallel conversations.

37.  Making 360º turns on the spot.

38.  Keeping in front of projected visuals, transforming his (her) face and clothes into a screen.

39.  Interrupting sentences to attend a participant and restarting the speech without completing that sentence.

40.  Answering a question in a low voice, even knowing chances are that some haven´t heard it, and not repeating

      the question aloud.

41.  Presenting visuals with words of different grammatical classes mixed up.

I hope these further tips will be useful for your next presentation. You can go to Part I and see another group of these kinds of presentation tips.


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