10 tips to miss your public speaking

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The We Are COM team gives you its top 10 of the most frequent mistakes during oral presentations. Advice to (not) follow, on all occasions.


1. Start your intervention before settling in

To (wrong) start your presentation, you should start your talk before you even get to the lectern and the PowerPoint is displayed. From your introduction, try to find your notes or your glasses in your bag with your back to the audience.

2. Do not introduce yourself and do not specify the purpose of your visit

Everyone knows you, it's well known. If the organizer of the meeting did his job well, he distributed an agenda including your biography found on the Internet. All the participants will have consulted it. Do not hesitate to complete his remarks by recalling your family situation (number of children or cats for example) or the region where you are from (it is connivent!).

3. Don't limit yourself to accessories

Remember your last media-training: “etake a blanket on stage and you'll never feel alone ". The range is varied: your bracelet or your curb chain which will click against the desk, your stack of files to give you the stature of an expert or a President, the A4 double-sided sheets not stapled (and unnumbered) of your speech that you rub delicately against the two gooseneck microphones of the desk at each change of page, etc. As a bonus, do not hesitate to show off your latest model smartphone, which will allow you to be in direct contact with your team, whose SMS “speak Loud” and “more than 2 minutes 42” will disrupt the sound system. After all, the larsen will wake up the most sleepy.

4. Take listening to your audience for granted

Stay focused on your speech, not your audience. You are not there for her, only for him. You bothered to write it (or to have it written by this "trainee-of-Sciences-Po-we-tear yourself away), then do not get out of it. Read it all at once, in a monotonous tone in a regular or even fast flow and especially without pause. You will finish faster 🙂

5. Jargon as if you were talking to insiders and multiply the language tics

« Uh after the disappointing results of Q1 2017, there was a real subject. The CEO has asked the Codir to define a new PSE and in agile mode. Uh, workshops were organized with the N-1s (yes only the COMEX) to review the processes and define the KPIs. Honestly, I think it was the right method even if some doubted it (especially the DAF pff!)… Results: uh in T2, we were already in the process with the first uh quick-wins. The number one was blu-ffé! »

6. Stay stuck, fixed, straight

The organizer has entrusted you with the desk, do not leave it. It would be risky to walk on the stage to occupy the space with your many files. And you risk meeting the gaze of the participants located at the lateral ends of the auditorium. Annoying.

7. Turn around to read your slides to those who read them

Are your slides too busy? So read them. You will thus remind your participants of what they will have already read several seconds before you: a mouth speaks 200 words per minute and the eye reads 300 on average. Since the first of the pedagogies is repetition, your "echo" will be useful. Not stupid.

8. Cite references that no one knows and / or recall the words of previous speakers.

« We have all understood your nod to the work of Baudouin de Condé! " or " I want to say that I disagree with the words of Mrs. Bidule ". Indeed, it is precious to share your opinion on the interventions of the day. Do not hesitate to enrich the previous remarks with an anecdote which will put them into perspective in everyone's daily life: " the father of a friend of my son-in-law explained to me that currently in Czechoslovakia ... ».

9. Refuse to take a question before the question sequence

A hand goes up in the room? Ignore it. A participant calls out to you? Remind him of decorum: " Thank you, but there is a question and answer session on the agenda. You will see there will be a Q&A visual. »Then go back to your point (no, oh!).

10. Conclude by looking at your watch

From the "Conclusion" slide displayed on the screen, check that the schedule is being respected. Apologize if you went off the rails or congratulate yourself on making yourself shorter than expected! After a " Well, there you go ! »Cheerful, you will leave the desk by projecting your final slide" Thank you for your attention "without waiting for the slightest exchange (it is always embarrassing when there are no questions).


An article inspired by true stories, but any resemblances to existing people would be purely coincidental 🙂 And you, what are your tips for a presentation at flop top?

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