How to give the WORST presentation of your life

Karlo Krznaric

Karlo Krznaric

Communication consultant, speaker, author and conference host.

Certainly, you can’t fail if you don’t even try. Here are 3 quick tips for a presentation that everyone will definitely remember.

It’s the classic scenario: You have to give a presentation in front of the board, potential clients or at the university. Speaking in front of people is not exactly your thing and you don’t really feel like doing it either. So instead of trying to do well, but ending up delivering an okay performance, why not do the opposite – do your worst! Certainly, you can’t fail if you don’t even try. Here are 3 quick tips for a presentation that everyone will definitely remember.

1. Don’t even think of rehearsing

Be careful not to fall into this rookie trap! If you spend time rehearsing your presentation, you might lose those valuable “uhms” and “ahms.” Furthermore, you will probably remember all the points you’re trying to make, so you won’t be able to look at your notes or the slides most of the time. No one in their right mind wants that.

2. Use body language to show you mean business

Using active, open body language will make you likeable, so make sure to stay clear of that. In addition to crossed arms, you can even apply the advanced technique of crossing your legs. If that is too advanced, simply shifting your weight left and right will do the trick. Avoid eye contact with the audience at all times – you can even play a game with yourself: Every time you make eye contact with someone, you lose a point.

3. Be meticulous with the visuals

Not only should you make your slides the night before, but you should also be very picky with the materials you use. Only the worst is good enough. Use stock photos with watermarks on them, do all the editing in Paint and make your presentation rely heavily on videos. The latter will make sure that you can’t even deliver your speech if there are technical difficulties. Oh, and don’t forget to put loads of text onto the slides!

These are only three quick tips, but don’t limit yourself! Ask the audience awkward questions, make random sounds, turn the light switch on and off to make a light show… Let your imagination run free. Being good at public speaking might bring you professional success, but requires work and practice. Being bad, on the other side, requires nothing. The choice is obvious.  

For more funny content on public speaking, check out
Karlo’s book Joy of Speaking!

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