Best Bad Tech Speakers Video…Ever

Posted by Barry Flanagan on Mar 16th, 2008
2008
Mar 16

 

I have been meaning to post this one for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it until now. A group of speakers at the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded DevCon in 2007 apparently got together to make a gag video of the worst technical speaking they have seen. They are very convincing in their dreadfulness….:)

 

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZOL878CwfM]

 

I love "Command Line Driven Flux Capacitation" and "I am the PMD of CPE for MCB of the END division". Some technical speakers use so many acronyms you can just see the eyes of the audience glaze over. Stage hypnotists are not nearly as effective at putting an audience in a deep trance as someone who feels compelled to use an tech acronym every 15 seconds.

 

Unfortunately, I have seen Visio drawings on slides with as many (and more objects) as the "System Diagram v2". The next to last guy made me laugh out loud when he said "I am really excited" in the most monotone and flat voice I have ever heard (with his arms tightly crossed). I have been in week long meetings where 90% of the presenters where exactly like this guy.

 

The sad thing is, if you did not know this was a gag video, you could easily see this happening at a technical conference. Enjoy the video…

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses

  1. Visio Guy » Blog Archive » Connect All Shapes to Each Other Says:

    [...] put together, called: MEDC 2007 Worst Practices, or according to Public Speaking for Geeks: The Best Bad Tech Speakers Video…Ever. Have a gander at some truly nightmarish Visio network diagrams, just after the halfway [...]

  2. Online Collaborative Consultant Says:

    This is hilarious! Will definately be sharing this on further. Deal with video/web and online conferences all day and this type of presentation is so common. The acronym’s! Oh the acronym’s! What is it about this and guys in our industry?
    Cheers,

  3. Lisa Braithwaite Says:

    Thanks for posting this, Barry. It’s hilarious. I’ve linked to it on my blog:
    http://coachlisab.blogspot.com/2008/03/how-not-to-give-technical-presentation.html

    It’s not just the geeks who present like this, by the way. Unfortunately, just about any industry can put up something this bad.

  4. battery Says:

    […] Continuing further with some more highlights from the superb event I attended a couple of weeks back in Hamburg, Next08, I thought I would go ahead and share another blog post where I will not be mentioning much more about the Keynote speakers, since I did that last time, but more with the rest of the breakout sessions that I got to attend for the remaining of the day. One thing that you may have noticed already is how the great folks from Next08 have already provided some preview of what other people attending the event have been blogging and twittering about all along, including plenty of pictures shared all along by a whole bunch of folks. Thus you may want to have a look into that as well. […]

  5. celix44444 Says:

    This is hilarious! Will definately be sharing this on further. Deal with video/web and online conferences all day and this type of presentation is so common.

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