m62 urges presenters to ensure that they conduct a full technical check before commencing with their conference or sales presentations.
Online PR News – 30-March-2010 – – m62 visualcommunications, the global leader in presentation effectiveness, is today urging presenters to ensure that they conduct a full technical check before commencing with their conference or sales presentations.
Over 30 million PowerPoint presentations are delivered worldwide every day, but the large majority of these are deemed unsuccessful. While there are many different reasons for this, many presentations simply fall at the first hurdle.
Something as simple as conducting a full technical check before the presentation begins can ensures that the presenter remains credible and retains a professional image. It is important to retain this credibility, because if something goes wrong at the beginning of a presentation, it can be difficult to recover from. Audiences spend the first five minutes of any presentation deciding whether or not a presenter is worth listening to. A flustered presenter and an impatient audience rarely result in a successful presentation.
There is a wide range of things that can go wrong in a presentation, including: file formats being incompatible; presenter remote batteries running out; laptops crashing; and sound systems failing. These difficulties are all common – and all completely avoidable.
Murphy’s law should be acknowledged in any presentation, particularly in those which are of great importance. The presenter should get to the venue early whenever possible, and ensure that everything is working correctly. File compatibility should be checked beforehand, and spare laptops should be brought just in case. Setup of the room should be checked, to make sure that sound and lighting are working properly, and that temperature will not be a distraction.
Nicholas Oulton, Founder of m62, commented: “It is easy to forget the little things when focusing on the bigger picture, but something small like the sound system failing could cost a presenter his pitch. What is the point in having effective PowerPoint design, if the audience can’t see it?
“Presenters should be careful not to take anything for granted, and ensure that they have backup options for every possible situation.”
m62 has produced almost 10,000 presentations for clients worldwide, and operates from offices in the UK, US and Singapore. m62’s services range from presentation training to free downloadable PowerPoint templates.
For more information about m62 visualcommunications, call +44 (0)151 259 6262 or visit m62.net.