Presentations play a key role in the success of global organisations, with the majority of employees believing that there is a wider impact of presenting well, including helping build a personal reputation and winning new business.
However, many say that when delivering presentations, technology issues hold them back. Over half (53%) of employers think that having the right technology is equally as important, or even more important, than having the right presenter, and 86% experience technology issues when presenting.
As well as the wider business benefits, when it comes to what makes a presentation successful, office workers believe that a presentation that has no technology issues (38%) is key to success, almost, as well as having all aims of the presentation achieved (62%), according to new research by Barco.
Around three in ten state that not having a backup plan for technology failure is a key mistake to avoid when making a presentation.
Lieven Bertier, head of product management ClickShare said: “Delivering a good presentation is as much about the confidence and clarity of the presenter, as it is about the technology you use to present working effectively.
“Getting these elements right up front, increases your chances of success. Small equipment changes can make a big difference to the impact of presenting and business outcomes.”
Among the most important presenting skills, subject matter expertise (61%), ability to explain complex topics in a simple way (65%) and successfully responding to audience feedback and questions (57%) rank highly. Whilst the ability to use technology effectively (33%) is still key to a successful presentation.
Laptops and plug-in cables were the most used technology for presenting (68%), followed by projectors (49 percent) and wireless screen share devices (38%).
Over half (51%) agreed that their organisation’s technology sometimes fails, while 53% believe that their organisation’s technology could be better to enable them to deliver more successful presentations.
Last month it was revealed that the average office worker wastes at least 21 days each year due to slow of inefficient technology, which is more than the average amount of annual leave.
The research by Sharp revealed that technology issues wasted almost 40 minutes a day per employee, the equivalent of 167 hours of four week of dead time every year.
Nick Fitzherbert, a presentation skills coach, said: “The good news is that workplace technology is improving and employees both want and expect better equipment. I believe the next few years will see a dramatic decrease in the 86 percent of workers who experience technical problems while presenting.
“Wireless connection will undoubtedly play a big part in that, making for smoother, more impactful presentations, mainly because presenters can focus on their performance rather than technology-related issues.”