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June 25, 2010


Polly Pearson

Terrific post, Chuck!

Most folks spend 95 - 100% of their prep time on THE DECK, versus finding out what is important to the PEOPLE in the room.

Presentations -- and Conversations -- are a "Connection Sport."

Good reminder.



I think to be a good engager you have to have passion on the topic being presented. I think if presentors stopped and asked themselves "if I was in the audience how would I rate the deliverence of said material?" You also have to account for personal comfort each person has for a topic & thier own social comfort talking with people.
You can lack social engagement skills and still be a good presenter.


Do you think the evolution of technology lead to decline is skills and presenting rather than engaging? Was PowerPoint the gateway drug? I ask because I also wonder if it can lead us toward engagement. As you mentioned the iPad and social networking in the post, I thought about the social aspect of social networking. I consult on technology with some local businesses. My last discussion occurred at the local Starbucks and was a conversation with slides on the iPad for reference and using remote access to my desktop for demonstration. (I know, Starbucks and iPad at the same time. If I had highlights and skinny jeans I could be very trendy) my point is this was a conversation that either would not have happened or would have been entirely different just a few years ago.

David Hurst


Good post.

I have a coffee table book "Speeches That Changed the World" and I don't think we'll ever have "the Power points that changed the world" ;o)

The worlds recognized best presenters have the simplest slides or no slides.

I came across a quote once that echoes in your post - "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel."

Clive Gold

I heard a good guide for presentation materials; "10,20,30" - 10 Slides, 20 Mins, and nothing less than a 30point font.
Interestingly I was organising a major event and gave each speaker 20minutes! (The gnashing of teeth and conniptions were comical.) I'm a TED fan and if people can passionately explain their life’s work in 17 minutes, why can't people in the IT industry explain technology?

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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