Common Reasons for Ineffective Presentations

  • Not engaging the audience in the beginning of the presentation
  • Poorly organized information (no order or logic) or lack of clear purpose
  • Poorly designed presentation materials (poor color contrast, background design, font size or type, etc.)
  • Incorrect or misleading graphs, charts and visuals
  • Too many bullets per slide, or too many lines for each bullet
  • Lack of preparation and rehearsal
  • Lack of confidence and enthusiasm about the topic
  • Inconsistent pace (too much time spent on one part and too little time left for the rest)
  • Lack of eye contact with the audience, poor body language and looking at or talking towards the screen
  • Inaudible or monotone delivery, mispronunciation of words and reading the slides verbatim
  • Not knowing how to use delivery technologies or not being prepared for the technology available
  • Poor or incorrect use of technology tools or spending too much to get the technology working
  • Not following time limits (too much material) and lack of consideration for other presenters
  • Mistakes in the content, and glaring spelling and grammatical errors in the slides
  • Ending the presentation abruptly, not leaving enough time for questions and answers and not handling questions and answers well
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