What grinds my gears – presentations

First of an occasional series where I’ll be venting.

Preparing slides with too many words on them – why? If you need them to present effectively you need to learn again how to present.

Using THAT quote by Maya Angelou. You know, the way you make people feel.

Not reflecting the diversity of the audience with your speakers. This is one for organisers. Our industry is diverse – reflect that with the speakers you ask.

Not referencing your sources. Because I won’t believe you.

Using THAT quote by Ghandi. The change one.

Clipart and stock images. If you’re still using these, you need to learn a bit about free content.

Popular quotes by Einstein. It makes you look lazy.

Taking questions from men only (see the diversity of speakers).

Using any clichéd quote from the following list means I may walk out:

  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars
  • Everything happens for a reason
  • Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans
  • If life gives you lemons, make lemonade
  • It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile
  • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

Any favourites which you have?

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