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The value of a second set of eyes

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Eye glasses.

How familiar is the following scenario? You agree to a speaking engagement scheduled four months in the future and in the blink of an eye you check your calendar to realize the event is coming up next week. In between meetings, email and whatever projects are currently on your plate, you throw together a presentation, read through it once and send it over to the event coordinator two hours after it was due.

If that doesn’t ring any bells to you, I bet you’ve been in the audience when the overworked procrastinator presents. How would you know? The following are dead giveaways:

  • Typos
  • Small font size
  • Low-resolution photos
  • Bad jokes

The solution? Aside from improving your time management skills, it’s imperative to have at least one other person review your presentation. It’s a basic concept, but one that gets overlooked easily and can simply fix the majority of common presentation errors. When you’re the one creating a presentation, you’re too close to it to view it as a presenter and as an audience member at the same time. Have a colleague spend some time viewing the presentation as an audience member and give you areas to tweak – you’ll be grateful you did.

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