Job Interview Presentations - How to Deliver a Killer Performance

By: Martin Starkey

Here's a question for you...

Did you got dressed in the dark this morning and then left the house without looking in a mirror?


Do you read an e-mail before you press the send button?

Chances are the answers you have just given are NO and YES!


Well simple, you want to make sure that whatever you are doing is correct, that there are no mistakes or you've not got your shirt on backwards.

Pretty obvious I hear you say; of course I don't want to make mistakes.

However, time and time again people don't put anywhere near the effort they need to in practicing for a presentation, leaving the chances of a mistake at an enormous high.

In a recent study carried out by Standing Ovation only 15% of people admitted to regularly practicing for a key presentation.

Sadly this lowly figure got even worse, dropping to a worrying 5% when the presentation was shared between a number of people.

When questioned what they did instead of practice in a dual presentation format, the most common response was…“oh well, we just agree that I will do slides 1-6 and they will do slides 7 to 12”.

Sound familiar?

In both of these instances the presenters run a massive risk of making mistakes, desperately clinging to a blind hope that on that day the proverbial e-mail is spelt correctly before the send button is pressed and that they are not wearing odd shoes.

If you wouldn't send an e-mail to a colleague without checking it first, should you really be speaking to a group without practicing it first?

So… What is the best way to practice?

Firstly, forget looking in a mirror. It doesn’t give you a true representation at all.

The best way to practice is to grab your smartphone and film yourself. Now you are not looking for Spielberg production values, you just need to get a clear view and be able to hear you.

The important aspect of doing this though is to never stop filming. If you make a mistake start again, but keep the film rolling. Never re-start the filming process. This will allow you to see yourself getting it wrong and then getting it right.


There is no glory in practice, but without practice there is no glory.

Your audience deserves better, and more to the point so do you.

True glory awaits those that put the effort in and believe us it shows.

For more information on presentation skills contact: Standing Ovation.

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