I came across a reference to a book called “Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes” which is now a free, pdf download from the author’s website.
I’ve read a bit of it, and like it. He specifically addresses the non-profit, public-sector environment, but the ideas in the book seem pretty interesting for any kind of presentation.
He is basing his work partly on surveys that he has conducted and with interview of frequent and sought-after presenters. The survey results are in an early chapter called “The Sorry State of the Art.”
From the survey the top “Fatal Five” in presentations are:
- Reading the slides
- Too long, too much information
- Lack of interaction
- Lifeless presenters
- Room/technical problems
And the top three things that people wanted were:
Have a great week and I’ll see you on the web!