Do not apologise

Sometimes people stand up to deliver a presentation and apologise. “I’ve not had much time to prepare!”

It might be that they are trying to lower expectations so that the audience will actually end up being pleasantly surprised. However, the message it can send is “I’ve not given this presentation much time – I’ve not thought it to be important – You, the audience are not very important.”

So, do your best. Devote enough time to your preservation and planning. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just clear and delivered with enthusiasm.

A presentation which starts with an apology is devalued.
Certainly don’t apologise.
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