TMBA 464: 5 Reasons Your Presentation Might Suck

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We are fresh off the heels of DCBKK 2018, the annual event that we host in Bangkok.

It’s safe to say that in the many years of running that conference, as well as attending other conferences around the globe, Dan and Ian have seen quite a few amazing presentations from speakers.

Not every presentation can be a home run, though, and we have seen our fair share of ones that have bombed too.

This week, Dan is talking about the method and strategy behind a great presentation, and specifically the five reasons your presentation might suck.

The ability to give a great presentation is an important skill set for entrepreneurs. Even if you aren’t planning on giving a talk any time soon, learning these principles can help make you a better communicator in your business.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why you should treat the audience as your peers. (2:33)
  • The dangers of using your presentation as a means to pitch your business. (4:32)
  • Why you need to do more showing than telling. (11:37)
  • The reasons that speakers have trouble following these rules. (17:59)
  • Why stage presence doesn’t matter as much as content. (21:02)

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Published on 10.25.18
  • Good stuff Dan and Ian. I’d add; if you do tons of Live Broadcasts it helps you think on your feet. Big plus for people doing presentations. Different animals in some regards but nothing like speaking in real time through Facebook or YouTube with an audience watching.

  • Matthew Holmes

    Hey Dan, thanks for these thoughts, but I don’t know that I’d always agree on point 1. There are times when you probably are the person in the room who knows the most about the given topic, and going in with that perspective is okay.

    For example at my meetup talk at DCBKK I talked about the interactions between the gut and the brain. Having studied for 8+ years to get my qualification and practiced for 20+ years as well, I probably did know more than just about anyone else in the room. I think what’s important though is being secure in your own knowledge and not going the next step and doing an ego trip around that knowledge.

    For example if it turns out someone did know more than me, that would be fine. I’d be okay with admitting that even though I know a lot about this topic, I don’t, and can’t, know everything.

    Also while I might know a lot of stuff about this particular topic, I’m not better than anyone else because of that. I just know what I know, I’m comfortable with my experience and what I know, and because my ego isn’t tied up with what I know, then I’m fine with people questioning what I’m saying.

    So I’d suggest going in with a humble state, but that humble state shouldn’t be about adopting a state of being less than other people, or that you’re not as smart. Have a self-accepting state of mind, where your ego isn’t tied up in what you know, and you’re not there with an agenda of getting self worth from proving how smart you are over everyone else.

  • Yep I think you’re right about what’s important here, is not letting your ego get in the way. There’s probably a way to say that first point that captures the spirit of your point… i mean to something like working humbly to share/demonstrate/transmit that wealth of knowledge is a compelling approach. And thank you for sharing as well! :D

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