My husband and I began watching “Shark Tank” about two years ago and we were both immediately hooked. Of course with me being a presentation coach, my attention is two-fold because I critique every pitch, even when I just want to enjoy the show. There are things to be learned from watching the good and bad pitches on “Shark Tank” and this past week I had a revelation that there are certain aspects of presentations that can have TOO MUCH!
4 Ways You Have a TOO MUCH Presentation:
- Too Much Energy- Believe it or not there is a such thing as too much energy. On this past weeks episode, there was a pitch where the entrepreneur has too much energy and it showed more because his partner didn’t have enough. Watching him almost scream, it was almost like he was at a pep rally and it was just annoying. Even though most presentations lack enthusiasm, there is a such thing as too much and every presenter must find the balance.
- Too Much Information- I tell my clients that you will never squeeze in all the information you want to so why try. Each audience wants to feel you, the presenter, care. You show that you care by tailoring each presentation to each audience in the content that you choose to include and exclude.
- Too Many Props- Although props are welcome during presentations, they must be planned for and practiced. I’ve seen presentations on “Shark Tank” where the display was not well thought out and not practiced. The presenter had to stop the presentation causing an awkward silence to pull the table from behind the cluttered display. Another pitch had a display that was constantly in motion, the setup was so distracting it was difficult to keep looking at the entrepreneur giving the pitch.
- Too much body movement- I see it all the time where the nerves come out and the body begins to move. Because “Shark Tank” is filmed, the camera minimizes the movement, but you still see the nervousness. The pacing, swaying, fidgeting and you begin to doubt whether this entrepreneur is prepared enough to be doing this. What would your audience think of you when giving a presentation with these signs of nervousness?
There are also too many times when the information asked for isn’t given, but rather bypassed with “‘I’m the hardest worker ever”. When questions are asked, the audience wants a direct answer or frustration arrises.
There are lots of times when I watch “Shark Tank” and I just think “Stop! This isn’t going well and you are doing more injustice by continuing.” Perhaps all presenters should watch “Shark Tank” and take a few pointers for your next presentation.