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MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 • Page 7 MORE than 60 per cent of chief executives and owners of a com- pany admit to having fears about giving presentations, according to a new survey. Commissioned by the cloud-based presentation platform Prezi, the find- ings are based on a recent survey of Australians who have either delivered or seen a presentation in the past six months. The survey found 61.4 per cent of chief executives and business owners have at least one fear when present- ing, namely: Almost one in four (23.9 per cent) fear they will embarrass themselves. Close to a third (28.4 per cent) fear they will bore the audience. One in five fear they won’t get their message across (22.7 per cent). About the same number (20.5 per cent) fear a technology mishap will disrupt their presentation. 22.7 per cent fear someone will ask a question they can’t answer. The executives also feel perfor- mance anxiety symptoms on stage, although 59 per cent said they either don’t mind giving presentations or enjoy doing so. More than 86 per cent believe pres- entation skills are important for career progress and success. Although most have fears about presenting and show physical signs of nervousness: 30 per cent of chief executives and business owners don’t practice present- ing at all. Of those that do, more than 35 per cent practise ‘in their heads’ and as few as 14 per cent practise in front of family or friends. Drew Banks, head of international at Prezi said practice is always necessary. “Although chief executives and busi- ness owners are strapped for time, it’s always risky to go into a presentation unprepared. Every audience is different, except that everyone hates an unpre- pared speaker and a boring presenta- tion.“ Even frequent presenters pick up bad presentation habits if they don’t practise. “When presenters don’t practise they end up reading their palm cards, or worse, they turn away from the audi- ence to read directly from their slides. Nothing bores an audience more than staring at a presenter’s downturned head or back,” said Banks. Banks added: “It may sound obvious, but a memorable presentation will help you remember your content. Since the human brain is wired for spatial mem- ory, transform your presentation into a visual journey. You’ll remember it better and it will be more engaging and mem- orable for your audience as well.” Top executives suffer sweaty palms during presentations – Prezi Alison Petrie, chief executive of national conference organiser EECW, is pictured with Murdoch University student sarah Filipiaka (right), who is working with EECW in its Perth office as part of a final semester posting that provides the students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience as they prepare for a career in the events industry. Students given valuable industry experience at EECW in Perth The placement program, now in its third year at Murdoch University, is part of a national initiative called Work integrated learning (Wil). Petrie, a strong advocate of the Wil program said training and education is vital to maintain the professionalism necessary in the events industry today. “These students are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders and the opportunity to get real-time experience handling and involvement with a professional conference organisation is invaluable,” said Petrie. students are learning valuable industry skills and combining the work placement opportunity with an industry- based written research project that is presented to their work placement provider at the conclusion of the program. The internship program’s 2015 supporters include: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre/Corporate sports Australia/ The Event Agency/strahan Events/Globetrotter Corporate Travel/ City of Mandurah and Event services Productions.