first step to overcoming bad delivery habits is to be aware
of them. Do you have any of the following bad presentation
habits? If you arent sure, try videotaping your next
presentation to find out!
These actions focus the audiences attention on what youre doing
rather than what youre saying. Everyone has nervous habits, but the key
is to become aware of them and try to control them.
Too Many Gestures
The only thing worse than using no gestures is using too many gestures.
Again, the audience focuses on the motion of your hands and not your message.
"Um," "Ah" and "And"
These words distract from your presentations content, diminish your
authority as a speaker and can make you seem unprepared.
Clothing is a device we use to express ourselves and our individuality.
Try to ensure that the clothing you choose matches the tone of your presentation
and your audience. If youre trying to present yourself in a professional
manner, stick to standard business attire. After all, your audience may have
difficulty focusing on your message if theyre staring at your leopard-print
Nothing looks less professional than misspelled words.
It signifies sloppiness and can cost you your credibility.
Take the time to look over your visuals at least twice!
Turning Your Back
Dont talk to the projector screen, interactive whiteboard or flipchart.
If you need to reference a visual, turn your body a maximum of 45-degrees towards
1. "No More Dull Deliveries"
by David Fine, Profit Magazine, Dec. Jan.