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“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Gandhi

First, a big thank you as we are once again lucky enough to have Tim Thompson, visiting Professor at KAIST, help us out and teach all of us some really great presentation tips.

This time around, Tim will discuss “The Top 10 Presentation Errors You Need to Avoid” in a recorded interview.

Some of these you may already have heard, some may be new to you. The main thing is what you do with the knowledge you have.

So keep an open mind and open ear. As the quote above says, we can never be 100% knowledgable about everything and everyone always has something to learn. And if you have others you’d like to share or feedback for Tim, please let us know in the comments.

“The Top 10 Presentation Errors You Need to Avoid”

Last time Tim did an interview for us he discussed how he evalutes student presentations. This time around, he’s got the top 10 most common mistakes presenters make.

Check out the video to hear Tim’s explanations of each of the 10.

He does a great job getting to the point about each and you’ll come away learning something new.

To get you started, here are the 10 things Tim discusses:

  1. Establish yourself as an expert
  2. Strong eye contact or eye rotation
  3. Offer clear benefits
  4. Strong body language
  5. Do not talk to the screen
  6. Slides should not be too busy
  7. Don’t skip slides
  8. No spelling, typing, or data errors
  9. Don’t make your vocabulary too technical
  10. Don’t let time get away from you

About Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson (MA TESOL) has been teaching in universities in Korea for more than ten years. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon. Tim is a lifetime member of KOTESOL and serves at the coordinator for KOTESOL Teacher Trainers (KTT) and the Editor-in-Chief of The English Connection magazine. Tim is the CEO and co-founder of Education Anyware, an e-learning design and consulting company which creates and records simulations for language practice and testing. He is also the creator of the Teaching English at KAIST (TEAK) Podcast on iTunes and the Blagonwight Twins book series which can be read for free in many languages at Visit Tim’s professional website at or send him an email at thompson[at]

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