Over 25 million meetings take place in corporate America each day. On average, an individual spends 5.6 hours in meetings each week and 69 percent claim these meetings are unproductive, according to a Microsoft survey.

Weekly status calls, project updates and department meetings are how we are spending most of our time at work. It’s not surprising, then, that attention spans have drastically dropped from 12 minutes to a measly five. As you can imagine, it can be challenging to successfully relay information when your audience is paying more attention to their phones and emails than your presentation.

Instead of hosting the same lackluster meeting, why not make it more enjoyable? By using some fun collaboration techniques and presentation ideas you can start increasing attention spans one audience at a time. In the new eBook, The Little Black Book of Presentation Ideas, the meetings experts here at PGi share 21 fun ideas that will “kick the dull out of your presentations.”

Here is a sneak peak:

Add some fun apps
PowerPoint is a great way to communicate information to an audience. However, after a quick Google search you can find numerous apps that can help reinvent your presentation. Add 3D images, animation and unique visuals with apps like PechaKucha or Animoto. The eBook lists six of our favorites that will not only help you redesign your presentation, but also share it with the masses.

Add innovative software
Instantly transform your static webinars and virtual meetings into interactive presentations your guests will enjoy. Products like iMeet® and GlobalMeet® allow you to share your information real-time with people all around the world. With state-of-the-art audio and HD video, remote attendees will feel as if they are in the same room as you.

Not at your computer? No problem! As an added convenience for individuals who are always on the go, you can give complete presentations from your mobile device.

Do you need slides?
Not every presentation requires slides. It’s important to remember that you are the main component. You are the one telling the story—not your slides. If a slideshow won’t add any additional value to your messaging, then ditch it!

Spending so much time in boring meetings can quickly turn employees into resentful individuals. Meetings that are interactive and creative are more effective and engaging. When your meeting guests are having fun, they are going to pay more attention and listen to your messaging.

If you find yourself constantly fighting the diminishing attention spans in your meetings, then this eBook is exactly what you need. After a quick free download, you will be on your way to better meetings. Who says you can’t have fun at work?

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