We recently asked people who hate presenting what excuses they have used to avoid giving a presentation at work. The list below is a just a sample of their responses.
My favourite is the last one!
Have you avoided presenting at work before? What excuse did you use? And have you ever regretted avoiding not giving presentations at work?
Here’s their list of excuses:-
- A straight “dont want to, thank you”. Give it to someone who enjoys doing them!
- Agenda too full. Will table for next meeting.
- Always find a way around it. I always claim to be very busy with other things.
- Always sit back in the group and wait for someone else to present
- Asked someone else to stand in for me, or write down what I am going to talk about and then just read it to the audience.
- Bad throat, give others the opportunity, tell the other person that he’s the best at this.
- By being busy.
- Don’t have time or expertise.
- Excusing myself out of the venue.
- Feeling ill, got to leave to attend an emergency, lost my voice
- Feeling unwell or have been unable to prepare
- Generally provide opportunities to other colleagues.
- Hay fever/sore throat.
- I am not a good presenter.
- I am not competent for the subject
- I am not qualified enough.
- I am quite busy
- I can say that I have an appointment.
- I can’t make it today, not prepared.
- I can’t do it
- I can’t remember what i’m going to say. which is fact, not an excuse.
- I do not know enough about it. You would be better to deliver this.
- I don’t apply for jobs that might require it. Only once have I actually refused – I said it was not in my job description.
- I don’t feel confident enough to do this presentation there are other people in the team that are better at delivering the presentation.
- I have another appointment
- I have other commitments for the same time of presentation have no time to prepare.
- I have some important official work and could not attend the presentations.
- I have to say that I will be going some where else.
- I pretend to be busy with my job
- I take a holiday
- I will do it next time and I am not the right person give it to somebody who has a lot of experience
- I’m no good
- I’m too busy
- I’ve got other work on
- If presentations to customers: not knowledgeable enough, not prepared, not available
- I’m ill
- I’m not ready or I haven’t got enough material to present
- It would be better given by someone else.
- Lack of time to prepare, lack of knowledge on subject
- Leaving the chance to others
- Maybe someone else can do it better…
- Take annual leave or have other priorities at work.
- The cat scratched my face and cut corner of my mouth and it hurts when I speak!
If you’ve got a better reason for avoiding presenting leave a message below.
Alternatively, have a look at some the the articles on this site – they might just give you the inspiration you need to take the plunge and present, next time you are asked.