How To Be A Poor Presenter

Posted by Aaron West at 1:59 PM in ColdFusion, General

I've seen some pretty awesome presentations when attending technology conferences. Many of them were by incredible presenters like Ben Forta and Hal Helms. I've also seen some really, really terrible presentations where the audience is embarrassed just attending. Below is a video of some examples of what NOT to do when presenting (note: these examples aren't real and I've seen far worse). Some of the things to avoid relate directly to technology preso's while others relate to any subject.

And since I'm not a fan of bringing up a problem without a potential solution I'm listing some links regarding how to present effectively. Please list in the comments any additional tips or links that would prove helpful.

Presentation tips:

How not to present:

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This entry was posted by Aaron West on May 9, 2007 at 1:59 PM. It was filed in the following categories: ColdFusion, General. It has been viewed 8965 times and has 10 comments.

10 Responses to How To Be A Poor Presenter

  1. Video missing... :(

  2. The video worked for me.

    Some of those were brutal to watch! I have seen plenty of presenters have code break during the presentation, but never anyone waste so much time trying to debug.

    I especially loved the mission statements!

  3. Give it another try Todd - the video does appear to be working now.

  4. Damn....painful to watch.

  5. barry.b


    the painful bit? I'm sure every one of the presenters thought they were "doing OK, y'know?"

    so if I ever rise to these depths, some one put me out of my misery... please?

  6. This has to be a joke! I really hope it is a joke because no one could be this bad at these presentations.

  7. Daniel, the video is just an example of what not to do. However, you'd be surprised how many folks regularly do many of the things in the presentations. There's not a conference I attend where I don't see some example of terrible presenting.

    It's hard to present well and few people are good at it .

  8. Carol

    The sad part is, this type of presentation will continue as long as people don't have the guts to tell the person (gently) that their presentation was lacking. I'll usually say there's "room for improvement", but in several ghastly cases, this is the first time they've ever heard a comment like that! Patronizing people to be nice is a poor choice. I'm not saying throw them on hot coals, but they have to have realistic feedback.

  9. What a timely comment Carol. I just got my feedback from my presentation at CFUnited and it was brutal. I didn't do well at all. Sure, it hurts, but like you said there is no way to get better if you don't know what you did wrong.

    Thing is you can only get better with practice. Preparation will only get you so far if you freeze like a deer in the headlights when the spotlight is on.

  10. Oh my! This a tragic one but I've seen worst than this -- such an awful presentation.