While I’ve spoken onstage for close to 20 years, I don’t consider myself, by any means, to be an expert on the art of presenting. However, I’ve learned a thing or two just by being around it for so long and watching those who are experts. And some of those “things” have more to do with what not to do.
My twitter bud, Felicia Slattery, did a great video the other night which she titled, “The WORST Way EVER to Start Your Speech: Don’t Make This Deadly Mistake!”
Compelling title, isn’t it? An excellent video, as well.
And, I agree with her. Beginning a presentation, whether to a small committee sitting around a meeting room table, or to an audience of thousands, with the words, “Hi, my name is…” could hardly be less powerful and more ineffective.
Unless, perhaps, the presenter used one other opener. In fact, personally, it is my “pet peeve” of speaking. And, I see it used by speakers constantly; many of them who are, otherwise…really good!
So, I wrote Felicia privately and asked if perhaps she’d like to do a video about that one, as well. She encouraged me to do it, instead. (She Rocks!)
Can you guess what that pet peeve o’ mine might be? No? Then, here it is…
If you don’t want to watch the video, it’s beginning your presentation with the words, “Good morning.” GAG! To find out why this is such a “no-no” you will need to watch the video. I hope you enjoy it, and find it to be helpful.
Are there openings you find to be just as bad, dull or ineffective? Or, those that are just the opposite; they are gripping; bringing the audience to rapt attention and anticipation of the message? Felicia and I both would love for you to share your thoughts, either through written comments…or your own video!