Presentation Disasters7:03 with Dan Gorgone
All speakers must remember two things before giving a presentation: you're going to make a mistake at some point, and when you do, don't freak out.
If you're giving a talk in front of an audience, you've 0:00 got slides, notes, a script or whatever, just remember these two things. 0:02 You're going to make a mistake at some point and 0:07 when you do, don't freak out, right, it's always gonna happen. 0:11 But you know, of course one thing to help you with these mistakes. 0:17 Make sure you spellcheck, right? Just like I'm doing right there. 0:20 You're gonna make mistakes but don't make obvious, 0:23 silly mistakes that are really gonna [LAUGH] you 0:25 know, eat away at the effectiveness of your presentation. 0:28 Now beyond that there are lot of reasons 0:31 that people get nervous before and during presentations. 0:33 One of the top things I've found is that some people 0:38 believe that just one mistake, any mistake will cost them their credibility. 0:41 As if saying something wrong even the littlest 0:47 thing means that everything they say is wrong or 0:50 that people will immediately tune out or they'll leave. 0:53 They'll walk right out, say get off the stage you said that name wrong. 0:55 It's not gonna happen. 0:59 There are other reasons too. 1:03 But what everyone should remember is that, if you've been 1:05 asked to give a talk, it's because people already trust you. 1:08 You know, they wanna hear what you have to say. 1:12 Whether it's a big keynote address or it's a five minute 1:15 talk in a staff meeting, you've been asked to say something. 1:18 They trust you, and they wanna hear from you. 1:22 So you've already got some, some good will stored up there. 1:24 But you don't have to be perfect. 1:29 You know, you just have to sort of be 1:30 honest with the way that you give a presentation. 1:31 A way that's true to who you are. Now if you over prepare. 1:34 You try to be perfect. 1:39 When you do make a mistake it's going to distract you. 1:42 Don't try to memorize every single line or word of a script 1:45 and think that you're gonna get it 100% right, because you won't, right. 1:51 When mistakes happen, just own them. Everyone is human. 1:55 One of the stories that I like to, to 2:01 share with people when they talk about how they 2:02 might be nervous giving a presentation or they imagine 2:05 like the worst thing that could happen to them. 2:08 I tell them about a story of maybe about 10 years ago, I 2:10 was working at an event and this company was running a, a conference. 2:13 A lot of breakout sessions, a lot of, a lot of 2:18 sessions where different people from big million to billion dollar companies, 2:20 big important CEOs were getting up there and talking about 2:26 their companies or talking about this or that in the industry. 2:29 In this particular example this CEO got up there and gave his talk. 2:33 He was really good, and you know, real solid, 2:39 and he went to sit down, and his chair 2:41 was just a little bit too far back on 2:44 the dais, and that dude [SOUND] just spilled right off. 2:48 I mean, he just fell right off and it was 2:52 me, it, it kind of shook everyone up in different ways. 2:55 At first there were people in the front row who jumped up, oh no, are you okay? 2:58 And then other people were like oh, man, I'm glad that wasn't me. 3:01 And other people were just like oh, man, that's great. 3:05 I wish we had YouTube ten years ago. And but what this guy did was great, okay? 3:09 He didn't let 3:16 this whole thing affect him. 3:17 He got up, and waved everyone, and even took a bow. 3:19 He said, I'm cool, I'm good, right? 3:22 And then when the next person spoke and they did their thing and they were about 3:25 to sit down, he leans into the mic, he says let me get your chair for ya. 3:29 And then it like the whole crowd loved it, it was great. 3:33 And it was a great way to save kind of this you 3:37 know, this from this big mistake this total accident that happened. 3:42 And it's because he was human and he owned it 3:45 right, he didn't worry too much about it, he didn't get 3:48 nervous, he didn't get totally red faced and think I'm 3:50 a failure, this ruins me, I'll never be asked back again. 3:53 You know, he was okay with it, right? 3:57 And the rest of the crowd was too. So he came up with a great way to 4:01 overcome that and it's something that, you know, that's 4:07 like one of the worst-case scenarios I can think of. 4:11 Where you fall off a stage or something like that. 4:14 That's pretty bad, but you can always save your presentation. 4:17 You can always save yourself and your reputation. 4:21 And you will get asked back because they can 4:24 see that you're cool, and you're a human being. 4:26 And it's you know, and it's all good. 4:28 Alright. Now, at the same time 4:30 you don't wanna rely on the technology that 4:33 you've got in front of you as a crutch. 4:35 Anytime you read directly from your notes for too 4:38 long or, you know, you might lose your train of 4:41 thought because you're trying to, to get something to load 4:44 or, or you're in here and on your laptop and. 4:47 And you're not making eye contact. 4:50 And, you risk losing the audience's attention. 4:51 Now, put it another way. 4:55 A good friend of mine, C.C. 4:57 Chapman, also replied to my Twitter request wanting to ask people for tips. 4:58 C.C. has spoken all over the planet, literally. 5:02 He's all over the place The TEDx talk and has keynoted many times. 5:06 And he says, know your presentation. 5:13 Know, all caps. 5:15 Know your presentation so well that if the 5:17 power goes out you can still 100% deliver it. 5:19 And this 5:23 is great advice and it's a great indicator of if you actually know your stuff or not. 5:23 When accidents happen can kill your slides or you know, keno 5:30 crashes or the projector fails you can plan for it and recover. 5:33 And you know, there are a few things that you can do in 5:38 case some kind of worst case scenario pops up you know, for example. 5:40 Carrying a portable copy of your slide deck is a fantastic idea. 5:44 Don't just have the only copy on your 5:49 laptop and think that that's going to save you. 5:52 Because if the laptop fails, keynote fails, 5:56 your presentation dies, whatever, you've got nothing. 5:58 Now years back, having a hard copy might have 6:03 helped you and it still might in meetings where 6:06 you've got say a small group and particularly some 6:09 data or things that you can pass out amongst 6:12 a group. 6:16 So yes, you could fire up the copy machine and you 6:17 can print out multiple copies of your notes and your presentation. 6:19 But these days, the more convenient approach, 6:25 the more logical one is to have a 6:29 cloud copy of your presentation, and that might 6:30 even be for some people, the first option. 6:34 For giving a presentation, and who was ever, whoever's running the show 6:37 with their laptop, just link to that, and we 6:41 can run it right off of there instead of 6:43 monkeying around with your own technology, do I have 6:45 the right connector for your projector and all that stuff? 6:48 Avoiding disaster, if you can do any of these three things, You will be much 6:53 more prepared, and there, and you won't 6:58 be as nervous when you're giving your presentation. 7:00
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