Every time I go to a conference, even if the sessions are good, I cannot understand why speakers continue to forget the basics, or continue to commit the same “public speaking crimes”:
- Agenda: unless you’re doing a one-day event, an agenda for a session that lasts minutes, or less than 4 hours, is a devastating waste of time and connection with the audience.
- Closing with “Questions?”… No… no… no… Never leave the success of a great session in the hands of a poorly asked question. State your value, CLOSE THE SESSION and only after that, ask “Questions?”
- Do yourself a favor: Always put your contacts on the final slide, a LinkedIn QR code, your email… whatever. People don’t care about your contacts in the first slide, make them crave for your details in the last one.