Bravo! These 11 things really spoke to me in Marr’s (2017) post on Eleven Things Your Should Never Say During a Presentation.
As someone who teaches a required class on public speaking to college freshman, I remind them that everything they say impacts their credibility to the particular audience. While their audience includes their peers, it is a great opportunity to practice for other audiences. “I didn’t have much time”, or “I am running out of time” are better left unsaid. My other big point is to remind them that the intro and conclusion are critical. The “attention getter” at the beginning should do just that; grab attention. Same with the conclusion – don’t tell the audience “now I am done”. If you have a good “clincher” the audience will know you are done. Being mindful of the ‘filler words’ is important, but also know that we are humans and a few ‘ums’ or ‘ers’ is not going to ruin the whole speech.