Another day of presentations, more common errors. Today seemed to be the “oh, excuse me, I just made a mistake” day. If you stutter, stumble, lose your place, even start the wrong presentation, everyone listening probably already knows. You don’t need to tell everyone what you’ve done. If an apology is really necessary (it usually isn’t), then a _simple_ apology can work, but otherwise, I came to hear what you had to say, not deliver a play-by-play (well, it IS March Madness, I guess) of how your presentation is going.Bringing attention to it actually distracts you, the presenter, and it gives an easy out for the audience. It doesn’t exude confidence and can actually lead to more problems. Your message is/should be the focal point, so make it so. No need to draw attention to something other than what you wish to communicate.

Don’t comment or apologize for minor glitches — just move on with the message.

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