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100 tips for presentation mastery: Speech pattern traps to avoid

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This article is a continuation of a series offering 100 tips for delivering a masterful presentation that will leave them cheering for more.

Past articles have introduced the topic and discussed client expectations, persona, design, scripting, rehearsal, packing, habits, and openings.

This article humorously examines delivery: Speech pattern traps to avoid.

Tip 31 – Speak dynamically

There are a number of speaking mistakes novice speakers make. Those include the following.

  • Speaking in monotone. If you sound bored, they will be.
  • SPEAKING TOO LOUDLY. DON’T SHOUT. THEY CAN HEAR YOU.
  • speaking too quietly. If they can’t hear you, they can’t react.
  • Speaking … too … slowly. ... It … requires … learners … to … hang … on … to … every … word. ... The … mental … focus … required … is … exhausting.
  • Speakingtoofast.Fastspeakingcanbeasmentallytaxingasslowspeaking.
  • Saying too much. More information is not always enlightening or instructive. Where some people are capable of absorbing lengthy elucidation, scientific research advances the process of chunking information into shorts bursts that people can focus on. While an academic can follow an argument through multiple enumerations, most people desire to obtain the key piece of information contained within each sentence. Some of the offending types of innumeration include the following. (1) loquacious stories loosely connected to the points you wish to make; (2) obscure quotes that partially but not wholly illuminate your content; (3) innumerable statistics—ideally in 6 point font—that participants have a difficult time following and comprehending; and (5) magniloquently stated proclamations and affirmations of the exactitude of your assertations.
  • Repeating filler words like, um, you know … you know?
  • Using clichés. “It’s all about” being articulate.
  • Apologizing too much. It sends a message that you lack confidence. Sorry.
  • Repeating yourself. Repeating yourself. Repeating yourself.

What related tips do you have? Feel free to share.

In the next article of this series we will examine co-facilitation as we offer 100 tips for delivering a masterful presentation that will leave them cheering for more.

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