Project Management

Naughty Nine Mistakes Made By Presenters

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

Let's face it, presentations and mass communications are essential for workforce management and project management in general. But there is much, much more to doing it well than being able to craft an eye-popping PowerPoint presentation. Now that it is common for you to use video-conferencing and audio-conferencing, you need to master additional special skills.


After reading Dianna Booher's book Speak with Confidence: Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire, and Persuade (see related book review), I asked her for some common mistakes made by presenters in all media. She provided me with many from which I culled my "Naughty Nine for Project Managers."


1. Failing to Generate Audience Involvement

Prepare audience-involvement questions. To encourage discussion, have prepared questions to stimulate thought and response and to move the group toward accomplishing the purpose. When discussion careens out of control, guide with focused questions.


Plan change-of-pace activities. For an idea of frequency, watch television network news broadcasts and count how many times there's a change of visuals during coverage of one single news broadcast. Plan your own presentation accordingly. Consider adding graphics, interactive surveys, discussion questions, site breakout activities, interviews with experts, reports or video clips to keep the …

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