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November 28, 2012


Bill Ender

IMHO, the reason "zealot moments" make it worthwhile is that such moments refuel/regenerate and replenish some of the energy and enthusiasm a really good and committed speaker puts into his/her presentation. I suspect after doing this for so many years, you're familiar with the absolutely drained sensation one can feel following a "sleeper" audience or a room full of people paying more attention to their BlackBerries/iPhones than to the presenter. Of course, we learn to compensate for such instances by making our material concise and engaging ... an occasionally inspiring and entertaining. But even then ...

A friend/former colleague of mine used to compare success at public speaking and other acts of expression to healthy cows on a dairy farm. If the cows are well fed and watered, they put out higher volumes of good, rich milk. If the cows are not fed and watered, they eventually dry up and fall over. If the cows are not capable of producing milk, they eventually get butchered.

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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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