17 Jan Over 800 respondents to the survey

When people think about entertaining, engaging presenters/public speakers, mostly television presenters come to mind.  From a survey of over 800 respondents from the corporate world, personalities like Rove McManus, Hugh Jackman, Andrew Denton and Paul McDermott are frequently mentioned.

You’ve got 5 minutes if you’re lucky!

Audience members typically give presenters less than 5 minutes to prove themselves before switching off.

When asked about workplace presenters they had seen in the last 12 months;

  • Only 38% of respondents thought presenters understood their needs as an audience member.
  • More than half  the respondents said that presenters generally read from their PowerPoint slides.
  • Only 40% of respondents found presenters to be engaging.
  • Only 28% of respondents said that they were moved to action after seeing presenters.

We know we need development

When asked about presenting they do at work:

  • Over 60% of respondents admit to using their slides to help remember what to say.
  • Nearly 60% of respondents admit to being frequently nervous prior to presentations.
  • Only 37% of respondents feel that they are influential, persuasive presenters.
  • 75% of respondents believed that they would gain more respect for their knowledge and expertise if they were better public speakers.

Death by PowerPoint isn’t working!

When asked about workplace presenters they had seen in the last 12 months;

  • 50% of respondents thought presenters were a bit boring.
  • Only 38% thought presenters understood their needs as an audience member.
  • Only 52% of respondents thought that presenters delivered their presentation so that audience members could relate to their message.
  • 70% of respondents said that workplace presenters generally relied heavily on PowerPoint slides.
  • 55% of respondents said that, in general, presenters read from their PowerPoint slides.
  • Only 40% of respondents found presenters to be engaging.
  • Only 28% of respondents said that they were moved to action after seeing presenters.

So what does all of this mean?

We are going to too many boring meetings and workplace presentations where the presenter is not enjoying themselves and the audience is enjoying themselves even less!  Anyone can be an exceptional presenter. It’s just a matter of knowing what to do and doing it. Take action today to improve the way you present in business.