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Presentation Survey: How are we presenting?

March 31, 2010

Over the past two weeks I have been conducting a presentation survey via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. The survey “How are we presenting” contains some insights into “presentations and you”, “presentations and your organisation” and “where it all goes wrong”.

Thanks to all who contributed, and I hope you find the results as educational as I did!

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  1. April 1, 2010 1:53 pm

    Slides 11-13 beg the question: “Did the respondents have an over-elevated sense of themselves, or did the survey fall victim to one of the hard-to-avoid potholes of social media: the echo chamber?”

    It was also interesting to see how many people thought they were better prepared than their peers, yet 72% spent less than three hours rehearsing.

    Slide 17: was Toastmasters an option for that question? Would be interesting to see how much of the “None of the above” would fall into that category.

    Slide 19’s results are puzzling. But then again, maybe that’s me.

    • April 1, 2010 2:06 pm


      I think 11-13 do show that people think too highly of themselves, I think its like in the Dunning-Kruger study where they show that people are totally inadequate of ranking themslves vs their peer, both when they are awful and when they are exceptional. Most think of themselves as somewhat above average.

      As for 17, yeh you’re right it could have accounted for a %, Im not sure it would be that high though?

      And slide 19, whats the puzzlement all about, they way I presented the data?

      Thanks for taking a look at it, and hope all is well with you.

      • April 2, 2010 1:28 pm

        What’s puzzing for me on slide 19 isn’t the presentation of the data, but the data itself…specifically the answers given.

        Are that many internal presentations really that good? I have a hard time believing that. Granted, it’s a bell curve and maybe I’m looking at presentations given in my workplace by folks internal and external to the organization with an eye more critical than most, but it seems that combined with slides 11-13, the presentation landscape is pretty darned good right now. If so, then the average person could teach these jokers in my building a thing or two.

  2. April 2, 2010 1:32 pm

    Yeh I agree, I was surprised to see the ratings that high. Although, if you have only ever seen crappy presos, maybe you are more likely to rate an ok one (in the eyes of the converted) as being slick as hell.

    And as for 11 and 13, believing you are good at something… doesnt make it so!

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