Sad but true: You’ve only got one chance to really catch your audience’s attention when you’re beginning a presentation.

And even sadder: If you don’t get their attention in the first place, it really doesn’t matter how you end your presentation.

In this video, I share with you 4 start-up landmines to avoid, as they are guaranteed to bore people right out of the gate.

Most of us were taught the importance of showing appreciation to people, but when you start out thanking everyone and his brother (or sister), that’s a big turn-off. You can save those thanks as part of your conclusion.

Going into a long self-introduction is also a no-no. Whoever is introducing you has that responsibility, albeit using the bravura introduction you have given that person to use.

Instead I share 5 options you can consider, including telling a story, asking an intriguing question, or sharing a great quote that fits your topic.

There are also 4 ending landmines to avoid, including asking people to do more than one thing. That confuses people and a confused mind always says no.

The video concludes with a review of landmines to avoid and strategies to embrace.

Feel free to leave a comment below on the one that speaks most to you.

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