Out of time
By ThinGuy on Aug 02, 2007
While I'm never a fan of long drawn out presentations, I am a huge fan of having enough time to do an interactive presentation with plenty of Q & A. With the topics I speak on (Desktop Virtualization, specifically around Sun Rays and SGD) there are always a lot of "Q's" and I have a lot of "A's". I really enjoy presenting when the audience asks questions. Over the past couple of weeks I was scheduled to speak three times. In Colorado for the SW SE's, and twice to the Sun's GEH (Gov, Edu, Healthcare). Colorado was the best event since I got to speak for 30 minutes (out of the hour that had been scheduled). My Healthcare pitch was cut short and I might have had 20 minutes. The worst by far was the SE track at GEH where four of us were forced to speak in 20 minutes. That means I got five. I shouldn't be too mad since I live in Vegas and was only out a couple gallons of gas, but I felt really bad for two of the other presenters. One from Oz and one from Pennsylvania. What's worse is the reason we were cut short...And I'm embarrassed for Sun as to the reason. The cut into our time so they could give the Edu reps a cardboard and crepe paper motarboard, the healthcare reps a toy stethoscope, and something (but I have no idea) to the government reps. The purpose, so GEH could make a "splash" at the ASM kick off the next morning.
With that here are my
demands rules from now on if you want me to speak at your rah-rah kickoff thingy-ma-bob:
1) 2 hour time slot. Guaranteed in
blood writing. Don't worry, there'll be "bio breaks".
2) An internet connection. I don't care how much it costs, you chose the venue, you pay the price.
3) An audience that is awake. This means not right after lunch, nor the last preso of the day. And if it is the last preso of the day, you better bring beer.