What is the future for the business presentation?
Looking to the future, there is one key indicator of where business presentations are going. But, let’s first look at where we are now.
Slide decks are awash with text and bullet points. Meaningless clipart appears randomly. Minimizing whitespace and filling the slide is the goal. The audience watches the speaker’s back as he reads bullet points to them in a monotone.
45 minutes after the first slide appeared the audience files out the door none-the-wiser, thinking about all the urgent emails waiting for them.
The Business Constant
The only constant in business is day-by-day everyone becomes more time-poor.
There are more emails demanding our immediate attention. More requests from customers. More meetings to attend. More follow-ups to do.
As we become more and more time-poor, sitting through a boring, uninformative 45-minute presentation is distracting and frustrating.
The future of business presentations is not in technology. PowerPoint, KeyNote, and Prezi are just window-dressing. Software solutions have done a wonderful job of masking a ballooning problem: business people suck at doing presentations.
Imagine Herman from accounts delivering in a monotone, fumbling with his laser pointer, with a swoopy-doopy Prezi presentation. It doesn’t matter how good the Prezi looks, Herman sucks.
If the future of business presentations is not software, what is it?
As audience’s have less time, demands will grow for presenters to be prepared, engaging, and concise.
In short, the future is businesspeople becoming better communicators, better public speakers.
The future is you.