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Nobody's perect

MistakesAre you just a little bummed out by your last presentation? Do you think you didn't do nearly as well as you could have? Perhaps you stumbled over your words, lost your place or your train of thought at one point. Maybe you got a little flustered when something didn't go exactly as planned. Well, don't worry about it. Little bloopers happen even to the absolute best presenters. Watch this video of Steve Jobs' various keynote imperfections over the years on the website. Proof that even the best are not perfect.

No matter how good of a presenter you are, you will occasionally stumble over your words. You're human, after all. And regardless of how reliable you think your technology is, at some point it will fail you. Technology fails usually immediately after you praise its virtues to the audience: "You're going to love this new feature, ladies and gentlemen. Take a look at this<oh crap>...." We've all been there.

We strive for the perfect presentation, the perfect pitch. It is unobtainable. Yet, it is the small imperfections that make us human. It is the small imperfections that make it real. Still worried about not being perfect? You may enjoy, then, this helpful book, The Art of Imperfection.

In future I'll tell you my secret for backing up important presentations while traveling light on the road; kind of a "belt-with-suspenders" approach.



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Ben Helps

Cute title - was that intentional?

Heidi Miller

It is so true. If you've ever watched jugglers perform, you know that the banter and wit that comes out when they drop a pin is often more engaging than the actual performance. In fact, my favorite troupe, the Flaming Idiots, have elevated the pin-drop banter to an art form.

That is, the way you deal with technology glitches or verbal farts shows much more about your skill as a presenter than a perfect presentation would.


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