There is a lot of advice written about choosing your words carefully, using correct sentences and power words. And this advice is often given with good intentions. However, when we get stressed about sentence structure, the words we use and grammar, we begin to forget about our story and start sounding scripted.
For the most part we are not politicians giving speeches. We are business people and college students giving presentations about a product or service. The best presentations always come across like a conversation with the audience and when we have a conversation with our friends or coworkers we are not stressing about the words we are using. In fact when we take too much care about our sentences and words we prevent our natural personality from shining through and this makes our presentation sound flat.
It is of course important to be understood, and there are rules about rubbishing your competition, but this should not prevent you from using the vocabulary you are familiar and comfortable with. When you use your natural vocabulary, your natural personality comes through and when you give a presentation this is so important. Allowing your natural personality out, will bond you more positively with your audience.
So. next time you are preparing your presentation, drop those unfamiliar sounding and abstract words, and use your natural vocabulary. You and your audience will have a much closer relationship and you will feel much more relaxed.