Why Producing Presentations Is Still Painful

First published via Baseline by Dennis McCafferty

Technology continues to advance at a breathtaking pace … except when it comes to the traditional business presentation. Most professionals still depend on PowerPoint for these sessions, according to a recent survey from Shufflrr. Some still haul out a projector to share their slides, while others print them out. Professionals are still taking hours—or an entire day—to create a presentation. And many of them are monopolizing what otherwise would be productive time by producing presentations that are 20 slides or longer. If they’d opt for more modern means—such as mobile solutions, screen shares or a formal presentation management system—creating and giving a presentation wouldn’t be such a chore. (It would also be far less of a chore for the people who have to sit through them.) In addition, professionals could more easily recycle content from prior efforts. “Presentations are valuable enterprise communication tools, yet they are generally created once and then lost,” said James Ontra, CEO of Shufflrr. “From creation, use, reuse, sharing and the tracking of slides, the overall process of creating a presentation is inefficient and wastes a vast amount of time and resources, which is why [organizations should] increase productivity at every stage of the process.” An estimated 1,000 professionals took part in the research.

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