19 Presentation Do's, Dont's, and Best Practices
Avoid common mistakes, and you set-up yourself to look like a real pro.
It's all in the details, right? Whether you're talking attire, an essay, or decorating a cake, the small matters are what will make or break you every time. It's no different for presentations. Although each misstep on its own may not feel like a big deal, a culmination of missteps can result in a poorly executed presentation.
- Do you know how to properly handle the clicker? Did you know there was even such a thing as properly handling it?
- Did you know there are phrases people commonly use when they present that diminish their power? What are they, and what should you say instead?
- Do you know how to avoid information dumps?
- What are mistakes people make with slide design, and how do you avoid them?
- What should you do 45 minutes before your presentation?
- What should you never let the audience see you do?
Get the answers to all these questions and more.
Avoid common mistakes; get my top 19 presentation do's, don'ts, and best practices; and you set-up yourself to look like a real pro.
Bridgett McGowen is an award-winning international professional speaker, a 2019-2020 official Forbes Coaches Council member, an author, and the owner of an independent publishing company. “Talks too much” was the consistent comment she received on her elementary school report cards, therefore, she figured she may as well do something with that "gift" and become a professional speaker!
Bridgett began her professional career teaching and tutoring for the Lone Star College System in the Houston, Texas area, then she went on to teach at Prairie View A&M University, a part of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), as well as University of Phoenix where she taught online Communication courses for more than a decade. Bridgett is a member of the Association for Talent Development, a past member of the National Speakers Association, and the 2018-2020 president of her local Toastmasters Club.
Bridgett has earned a bachelor's degree in communication as well as a master's degree. She has received the Master Presenter Award from University of Texas at Austin and two Fearless International Speaker Awards from Canada-based One Woman and has spoken on programs alongside notable figures such as
- Former President Barack Obama
- Oprah Winfrey
- Shonda Rhimes
- Alex Rodriguez
- Deepak Chopra
- Jada Pinkett Smith
- Chip Gaines
- Katie Couric
It was her work with TAMUS that moved her to become a faculty development consultant for an educational technology company, designing and delivering scores of high-impact webinars and workshops that cause audiences to bubble over with enthusiasm all across the globe.
Since 2001, she's been a professional speaker, and it was 2016 when she launched her professional speaking business out of necessity -- she was laid off. When she gets a microphone in her hand, there's no doubt that she owns it and that she loves what she does.
Any chance she gets to travel with her family, kick off her shoes, play in the sand, and enjoy a gorgeous sunset ... any chance she gets to simply enjoy life ... she does, and she encourages others to do so, too!