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First Impression for Business Presenters

Three-Minute First Impression for Business Presenters

 Thank you, Tri-County Suburban REALTORS, for inviting me to facilitate the last session of your LDP (Leadership Development Program). I hope everyone leveraged the presenter’s three-minute first impression during your presentations to the board.


This enthusiastic group of leaders in their industry discussed these DON’Ts for the openings of business presentations:


DON’T begin by simply repeating the title of the presentation.


DON’T open with wasted words and the standard “it’s great to be here” small talk.


DON’T open with an unrelated and poorly delivered joke.


DON’T go negative and complain about anything pertaining to the meeting or equipment.


DON’T drag on and on before getting to the point; your audience will grow impatient.


DON’T say something totally off the cuff at the spur of the moment that you haven’t planned and practiced.


DON’T wait to the last minute to make sure your technology works.


What about you? What’s an obvious DON’T for business presenters to keep in mind? What would add to this list?



To customize a keynote or professional development session that will have your audience laughing and learning, contact Mandi Stanley.

Certified Speaking Professional Mandi Stanley works with business leaders who want to boost their professional image by becoming better speakers and writers through interactive high-content keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, technical writing seminars, and fun proofreading classes. 

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