5 things that stop you from having a successful sales presentation (and the one solution that fixes them all)February 27, 2020 by Jake Wargin With work forces spending less time in traditional offices and becoming more flexible about where they work and meet, it’s getting harder and harder to plug-and-play traditional PowerPoints and make a lasting impression on a clientele that’s time-restricted and on the move. From lackluster interactivity to a poor internet connection, here are the 5 things preventing you from having an effective sales presentation and how to fix them.You can’t find the right dongle.Relying on adapters or cords to share your presentation with prospective clients is always a risk. And there’s nothing like a dongle gone awry to make you second guess your life choices. Your PowerPoint deserves a better chance to be seen. Bad network connectionHow many times have you pitched in a conference room and can’t connect to the company network? And then your client doesn’t remember the password so they fetch the intern that definitely threw away the sticky note with the password on it three weeks ago? You lost the audience before you even started.Your audience can’t see the presentationIf your idea of screen-sharing is to make people awkwardly crowd around your laptop or a conference room TV to see, you’re not connecting with your audience. They need to be given the chance to follow along and interact with your presentation in a meaningful way on their own terms in order to retain your messaging.Overdependence on visualsImplementing striking visual content in your presentation is one of the more obvious ways to support the explanation of your product or solution, but one that often goes underserved. Clip art and screen transitions are cute but not enough today to keep your audience engaged. You’re still addicted to paperIf you lose more business cards than you make sales or pass out paper copies of your presentation, you’re not operating as efficiently as you could be. There are easier ways to be sharing your presentation, tracking contact information, and definitely more important content to be sharing with your clients during your sales pitch.With all these problems wasting your precious meeting time, Forum is here to fix them. The in-person, interactive presentation software shares your sales pitch directly to anyone’s phone, tablet, or laptop with no internet, dongles, or cables required. Forum turns even the most old-hat presentation into a memorable one. The solution converts your laptop into a presentation server creating its own Wi-Fi hotspot, so every audience member with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can see your work clearly and interact with ease. Surveys show that 70% of marketers believe that using interactivity within their presentation is key for engaging audiences. With Forum, PowerPoints can be customized with rich audience-engagement features, like polling, which allows you to ask audiences questions in real-time. Digital Q&A also lets audiences anonymously ask the presenter questions without interruption, so even the shyest participants engage. Forum delivers more dynamic visual content too, its screen-sharing feature live streams your desktop to audiences’ devices whether you need to share a product demonstration video or detailed CAD file. And what happens when everyone asks for a copy of the interactive presentation that just blew their minds? They can download it straight to their device. With Forum, you’ll no longer have to print handouts of the presentation. It shares any file type for download, whether its videos, spreadsheets, brochures and beyond. After they’ve downloaded and saved your presentation, you won’t have to worry about grabbing everyone’s business card either. Forum’s contact sharing feature allows your audience to share their contact information with you during the presentation, which automatically saves to your desktop in the process. Plain and simple, Forum makes the mark when delivering an interactive sales presentation on-the-go, anywhere business takes you.To learn more, book a free virtual demo of Forum today.