New Member Promotion >>> Save $15 and get a SHRM tote!
Giving applicants with criminal backgrounds a fair chance at employment can be good for business.
Plus all the HR resources you need to be more efficient and effective this fall!
Apply for the SHRM Certification Exam and begin advancing your career.
Learn how to make the business case for diversity, October 25-27.
Presentation skills, practice and the top 10 don’ts
Alex Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP
Fear of public speaking is natural. Believe me when I say it's the same for every presenter, no matter how seasoned. I've given over 200 speeches and presentations all over the world, to audiences small enough to fit in a roadside diner and big enough to fill a convention hall, to your average group of HR professionals and to huge organizations well-known for clandestine missions. I still sometimes shiver with every syllable.
I hear it all the time: "I hate presenting anything to my peers!" Young professionals tend to ask me for the one tip that can make the greatest difference. I usually point out that no one tip will make anyone a better presenter. Or I toss out a platitude like "Practice, practice, practice." But the truth is that practice really does make you a better presenter. Practice is a mechanism for building ease and familiarity. The more familiar you are with your topic, the more ease you demonstrate to your audience.
Another tip—one I don't share often enough—is to stop undermining yourself. How? Stop using certain phrases that tell your audience how uncomfortable you are or that you really don't know what you're talking about. We've all heard presenters use these egregious, credibility-crushing phrases. I'm sharing them with you now, so you can avoid them forever.
The Top 10 Don'ts: Phrases of Poor Presenters
Avoiding these top 10 don'ts may not make you the most dynamic presenter, but you will seem professional and your presentation won't be bad. (I've witnessed so many unprofessional presentations, I've wondered if the poor presenters were being intentionally bad—so they'd never have to speak in public again.)
Even if you have a deathly fear of presenting, at least start with the goal of professionalism—and get there by evading these 10 pitfalls.
Alex Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, is senior vice president of knowledge development for SHRM.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
Join SHRM's exclusive peer-to-peer social network
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies