Inspired by today’s article in the Daily Mail that lists modern phrases often hated by all, I thought fellow communicators could help me list those pet peeves when it comes to presentations. Today I attended an internal event, and whilst I don’t profess to be the best presenter in the world, nor am I saying that today’s presenters were awful, it just made me think about those things we do when we talk to our peers in these forums.
I welcome all contributions to this list as I’m sure many others have sat through presentations and have come across things they would class as a pet peeve!
- The first has to be the people who say “Now you won’t be able to read this slide, but…” I have to ask, why would you put content on a slide you are presenting to people who won’t be able to see if you’re not looking at it on your screen/desk?
- The “I won’t go into the detail” – then why are you showing it if you’re not going to talk us through it?
- Some presenters also tend to focus all their attention on the most senior colleague in the room – the person who has normally seen/heard the content before. I would think most people would want to have a presentation addressed to the whole audience
- Text over pictures – there is a time and a place, grey photo with white text is hard to read
- Should everyone present – if some people aren’t great presenters should we make them stand up there anyway? It is something I often debate with colleagues in training teams
- Font changes throughout a presentation is also a real pet peeve – surely this is something that everyone can spot?!
So as conferences begin to take centre stage for internal communicators I have no doubt all these things and more will start to rise to the top of our agendas once more… So what’s on your list?