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Dealing With A Company Presentation

Aug 18, 2007
Many of us may have been there and have done it several times but still the pressure remains when we are asked or volunteered by colleagues to make a presentation before a boss or before a very important client. It is but natural to be nervous and feel butterflies in your stomach knowing the information that you not only have to memorize and know to be able to answer queries as well as the nervousness that come with speaking in public.

To make a good presentation nothing beats preparation. You cannot just rely on your familiarity with the topic for a presentation. A presentation needs to highly organized with the use of visual aids (if necessary) with a well-composed speech that needs to be practiced and rehearsed.

But not all presentations always end with a well deserved applause. There are times when no matter how much preparation we have made, mistakes happen and our presentations turn out to be a complete flop when we either experience a mental block or we fail to answer questions that we never expected or thought of to be asked.

It is a bit difficult to stand back up from such a situation but instead of running away thinking that it will put your career to an end stay calm and don't try to be frantic. Take responsibility for your mistake/s for you did your best preparation and you are not perfect. It is very much appropriate to apologize to your boss for giving a disappointing presentation. Apologize to your colleagues if you were making the presentation on behalf of them as well. Apologize and move on.

Don't try to make excuses thinking that you could squirm your way out of it. Don't also try to pass the blame on to other people. Admit to your mistake for after all it was an honest mistake at that.

After you learned your lesson from a previous mistake, don't commit a similar mistake again in the future. Try to determine your weaknesses from the prior presentation and address them. If you had poor public speaking skills, try to improve by practicing or taking up public speaking seminars. If you had poor visual aids make them more interesting this time. If you failed to answer several questions try to brainstorm with your colleagues or your team to determine the possible questions that may be asked.

A single mistake will not ruin your career. Move on and think of this as a valuable experience from which you can draw learnings.
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