In the Presentation Advisors blog, there’s a post called, “Audience Members are from Venus, Presenters are from Mars,” which explains some of the frustrations that presentation consultants and experts experience. Basically, if you ask the general public (audiences) what is bad about most presentations, they know. But presenters (who are obviously sometimes audience members) seem to be a different animal or to suddenly forget. Why?
In a commentary on this post in the WebAttract blog, called, “Maybe Presenters Aren’t the Problem,” Bret Smith suggests management might be the problem. But management is doing the same Death by PowerPoint. Yes, companies should require presenters to go through presentation skills training; it will increase the profitability of the company. Colleges should include presentation skills training, at least for business majors. But neither is happening.
It also explains why I started the Campaign Against Death by PowerPoint. I think that audiences could be more effective in changing the situation. After all, they are the ones who are suffering! It’s just a matter of getting the word out to audiences and helping them to get the courage to act.