In a recent online poll of 382 business managers, 71% of respondents conceded to having fallen asleep or been sleepy during an uninteresting presentation. In addition, 43% have caught other people dozing.
The most difficult types of presentation to remain fully awake through were individual speeches (35%) followed by training sessions (23%) and then general meetings (16%). Webcasts revealed themselves as the easiest type of conference to stay alert throughout, with only 11% of respondents saying they found this difficult to sit through.
Survey participants agreed that the most important ingredient for success was an 'animated and enthusiastic' speaker (51%), with an 'interesting and interactive' presentation gaining 36% of the votes. Finally, 3% of those polled said it helped if the presenter was 'good looking'.
"Keeping people's interest during a lengthy, or even short presentation can often be quite a challenge, as our poll suggests," said Santiago Becerra, CEO of Infommersion. "Most complaints revolve around presenters who don't have that much personality or enthusiasm and presentations which are very text heavy and don't make good use of graphics and animation. Having a slide show that makes good use of data visualization tools can make the difference between holding an audience's attention and making an impact, or lulling people to sleep and thereby potentially wasting a good business opportunity."
Infommersion Inc. is the industry leader in data visualization software for individuals and businesses. Infommersion's patented technology enables executives, analysts and educators to turn complex and confusing data into clear, engaging presentations and dashboards for the Web, PowerPoint and PDF documents.
Its award-winning product, Xcelsius, is a point-and-click Windows application that converts data from corporate databases, SOAP-based Web services and Excel spreadsheets into visually stunning, interactive executive dashboards and scorecards, dynamic charts and graphs, visual calculators, budget models and more. Xcelsius software provides Visual Modeling(TM) for evaluating 'what-if' scenarios and future company performance.
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in San Diego, CA, Infommersion combines management and development talent from industries including information technology, multimedia development, interactive entertainment and business intelligence. For more information, visit www.infommersion.com.