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3 Common Mistakes of Technical Presenters



By Bob Goodyear

Presentations are given for all kinds of reasons and technical subjects are no exception. While working with technical presenters from different fields, I encounter various problems they face when presenting a technical topic. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes I see.

“Let me tell you everything I know about this”

Many times in technical situations, the presenters are experts in the subject being discussed. In fact, they are so knowledgeable that they want to share everything they know. There is no detail left unexplained. The problem is that sharing only the high level facts is usually enough for the audience who probably doesn’t really care about the details.

“PowerPoint is great for my speaker notes”

I don’t know how many technical presentations I’ve seen where the PowerPoint slides are nothing more than glorified speaker notes. I wrote about my experience with this in the post titled “Information vs. Presentation Decks”

“How many acronyms can I fit in one sentence?”

Acronyms are used constantly in our everyday speech. Even texting can be done almost exclusively in TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) or FLAs (Four Letter Acronyms). Depending on the audience, the use of acronyms is sometimes appropriate but many times some people in the audience are unsure of what they mean. I remember attending an internal conference the first week I joined a high tech company. In the first 15 minutes of the first speaker on the first day, I had jotted down 17 acronyms that I did not know! Fortunately an employee sitting next to me saw the problem and helped interpret what they meant.

If you are asked to make a technical presentation, avoid these 3 common mistakes so your presentation will shine in the darkness of sometimes a very technical presentation.

Bob Goodyear is a veteran speaker on technology who understands the communications challenges that technical professionals face. Find out how Bob can help your organization with its presentation.

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