Presenting at DEMO: 12 Do’s. 5 Don’ts.

Founder Ben Yoskovitz, publishes the terrific Instigatorblog. Ben has shared several posts with us on leadership, funding, and building the ‘perfect company blog’. Today’s pick is on the dreaded topic of public speaking.

Next week Ben will launch his startup Standout Jobs at DEMO 2008. Debuting at such a conference is a big decision for any founder — especially when you have to give your pitch in 6 minutes, on stage, in front of hundreds, like at DEMO. Ben notes that for many founders, “it will be the most important, most stressful, and biggest presentation they’ve ever given in their lives.”

The prospect prompted Ben to write about how to prepare for presentations of all kinds, including team meetings and VC presentations.

Ben’s first piece of advice: Commit to memory 5 phrases you should NEVER utter in a presentation:

* Um…
* Did That Make Sense?
* What Else Can I Show You?
* I Guess That’s It.
… here is why if you need further explanation.

Now you’re ready for Ben’s 12 Tips for How to Improve Your Presentation better. Read More about Presenting at DEMO: 12 Do’s. 5 Don’ts.