Giving presentations is an important element of any IT professional's career - but most would rather be writing code or doing project plans. As a solution, Paul Glen has put together a list of ideas
to help you screw up your next presentation - so you'll never have to do one again.
Glen put this list together as a preview to an upcoming hands-on training course for presentations that will be put on by C2 Consulting, Hill Enterprises and Lee Inc. Included in his list of tips are "just wing it" and both start out and finish weak. Also included is "abandon your objective."
Coherence and focus are overrated. Your audience doesn't really care if you start out with one presentation purpose and seamlessly transition to another one. As long as you smoothly transition from one objective to the next to the next, the audience will follow along. If you do not clearly move from one to the next, you're actually doing #6, meandering.
Another helpful hint is to "declare your own time zone."
Just start when you start and finish when you finish. Once you've got the microphone, you are in control of the audience's time. Whatever schedule they set is irrelevant. Possession of the microphone gives you the right to dictate the time allocation of your audience.
Any other tips and tricks to contribute to Glen's list? What has been your worst presentation experience - either on the giving or receiving end of things?