I’ve been holding on to this thought until the videos were up from the second Ignite Columbus event, but since it’s been a week and a half without them, I figured I’d better share it before I forgot, and I’ll be sure to link to the video later.
As I mentioned the first time I presented, it’s very important to stick to the script, and not ad-lib anything. That keeps you on time with the slides, and lets you speak very naturally.
This time, my turn came later in the evening, and during the other presentations, I made a huge mistake. I decided to change something I was going to say. Needless to say, it threw off the timing and I wound up having to speak very quickly, which I think caused me to appear nervous and hurried. It wasn’t a huge deal in the overall scheme of things, but it definitely caused the presentation to be less than perfect. In fact, I knew there was a problem before I had even finished.
Oh well, lesson learned, and shared with you so you can avoid the same mistake. 🙂