When presenters deliver the presentation, they aren’t doing as good a job as they could, according to survey comments . Too many presenters are reading the slides, as we saw in the list of top annoyances, but many also face the screen while doing so, disconnecting themselves from the audience. A number of respondents said that if the presenter is just going to read the slides, e-mail the file as a report and everyone can read it themselves.
It appears that a number of presenters also are not prepared to present the material in their presentation. Comments included: when what the presenters says doesn’t match the content of the slide, and presenters who skip through slides they don’t want to discuss because the slides came from someone else. Presenters need to edit their presentation and rehearse with their slides to make sure the delivery will be smooth and consistent. Feel free to go to a black slide if there isn’t an appropriate visual for what you want to say.
A number of comments were made about the speaking skills of presenters. Filler words, not knowing where to stand, inappropriate language, and other basic speaking skills appeared in the comments. If you are not an experienced presenter, get some training and experience. Take a course, join Toastmasters, do whatever you need to do to be more comfortable at the front of the room.
Finally, audiences want presenters to know how to use PowerPoint when presenting. Problems with setting up the presentations, running embedded videos, using presentation mode instead of edit mode to present, and other software skills were included in the comments. You don’t need to be the world’s expert on every aspect of the software, but presenters need to know how to use the tool competently.