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100 Great Presentation Ideas by Patrick Forsyth

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Avoiding the nightmare

But stand up totally unprepared and, oh dear, things can go wrong. Consider: people stumble, they hesitate, and they sweat. They begin every other sentence with the superfluous word “Basically”. Asked to comment on some project, they say “Um, er … at this moment in time we are making considerable progress with the necessary administrative preliminary work prior to the establishment of the initial first phase of work” when they mean “We aim to start soon”.

Just when they should be impressing their audience with their expertise and confidence, and making them interested in what they have to say, they upset or confuse them. Exactly what is said and how it is put matters; indeed there may be a great deal hanging on it. As American ...

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