I recently received this picture from a friend parodying Apples woes with its new map application for iPad and iPhone. The commentary around the challenges being faced by Apple suggests that the new map application has been released before it is ready. This is completely out of character for Apple who have the reputation for severing high quality products that work every time. Currently Apple is looking unprofessional and sloppy for distributing an application that is not delivering what people expect.
There is a parallel between the challenges being faced by Apple and a presenter who is not fully prepared. When you stand in front an audience are you fully prepared? If you’re not prepared you won’t meet the expectations of the person who has has asked you to present or your audience. You won’t look professional, rather you will look sloppy. It’s not an image or reputation that one wants to develop in business or your career
Take the time to prepare fully for every presentation by using a proven process to ensure your presentation meets the expectations of your audience and the person who has asked you to deliver it. Your audiences and your reputation deserve nothing less.