Top 3 interactive presentation mistakes and how to avoid them

Posted on 2015/08/17


A powerful and engaging interactive presentation can be instrumental for securing future custom and investments for your business. Unfortunately, there are several mistakes that are frequently made by companies which prevent their presentations from achieving their full potential. To ensure that you don't fall victim to the same pitfalls, listed below are three of the most common presentation mistakes and the ways in which you can avoid them: 

1. Avoiding eye contact

One of the best ways to generate interest towards your business is to establish a personal connection with your audience during a presentation. However, if you spend the entire presentation staring at your notes or reading out slides then you cannot forge this vital connection. Consequently, irrespective of whether you're delivering an interactive presentation to a small or large audience, you should endeavour to make eye contact with as many members of the crowd as possible.

2. Neglecting the needs of your audience

Similarly to the previous point, it's crucial that you engage with your audience throughout your entire presentation. Unfortunately, many speakers can become engrossed in delivering their speech or reading out all of their slides that they lose focus on connecting with their audience. To rectify this common mistake you should ensure that your clients are directly involved in your presentation wherever possible. A great way to achieve this audience engagement is via SMS voting. At IQ Polls we host a variety of web and SMS voting services that can be efficiently embedded within your PowerPoint presentation. These voting systems will enable your audience to answer polls and offer real-time feedback during your interactive presentation. By frequently pausing your speech and slides to ask your audience these types of questions and polls which require their honest feedback, you can actively involve your audience with your interactive presentation, as well as carrying out instant audience feedback collection towards your particular products and services.

3. Overloading your slides

Although PowerPoint presentations can be excellent tools for delivering important information to your audience, if you pack each slide full of excessive content then you risk your audience becoming bored and not remembering your key presentation points after they have left. Therefore, as a rule you should limit yourself to a maximum of ten slides for each half hour of your presentation and strive to include less than five concise bullet points within each slide. By doing so, you can significantly increase the likelihood of your audience retaining the key points of your presentation after they have left and conveying them to others.