Here’s a few don’ts from a seasoned observer.
..ever apologize for anything. We don’t care that you are sorry the projector is not working, or sorry that you got there late, or sorry about anything. Please thank us for coming and carry on.
..move around so much. I’m trying to watch you and listen at the same time. For some of us, multitasking is hard. Stand in one spot please.
..ramble on and on. Figure out how to say what you want to say in a sentence or two. Don’t say “this is a good piece of property. My grandson, who came over last night to watch Star Wars with us and he got sick and it was just awful, likes to play in the park next door. ” Say “children love the park, I take my grandson there.”
..talk in a monotone voice. I’ll be the one in the corner trying not to nod off. Add some spice in your voice!
..talk about off topic items. If you’re showing me real estate options in Iowa, I do not want to hear about the work you did volunteering at the hospital in Florida.
..put all your information on the slide show. I hate bullet pointed slides, that you just read to me. Put a picture there that relates to what you are telling me.
..give me a copy of your slide show. Those pictures you showed – I may not remember what you said and have no idea what those pictures are. I’d rather have your notes on what you said.
Many thanks to Michael Duffy for the picture!