How wide is the gap between how you see yourself as a presenter, and how your audience sees you? Probably very wide, according to a survey conducted by Andy Goodman for his new book coming out in December, When Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes.
In a survey of 2,500 people described in his recent PDF newsletter, Andy tallied the percentages of respondents who rated typical presentation elements “good to excellent” for presentations they give. Then he tallied the percentages of respondents who rated the same parts "good to excellent" for presentations they attend. The results:
According to Andy:
"As you can see, respondents consistently gave themselves higher marks, with nearly half believing their presentations fell into the good to excellent range overall. They were far less generous to their colleagues, however, with less than a fifth earning good to excellent scores. These numbers suggest that audiences are frequently dissatisfied with what they see, but presenters simply aren’t getting the message. And that may be one reason why bad presentations continue to plague good causes."
This is important information that should give all of us PowerPoint pause, as we step back from the remote and start thinking about how to close the gap between perception and reality.