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December 20, 2012


Filed under: Advertisements — Jonathan Lewis @ 8:19 pm BST Dec 20,2012

The evaluations for UKOUG Annual Conference 2012 are in – though perhaps not all of them have been loaded into the “Speaker Lounge” yet. I’m fairly pleased with my scores.  On a range of 1 – 6:

Presentation skills: 5.8, 5.79, and 5.72

Of course I have to say that great presentation skills don’t necessarily mean that the presentation was good. I’ve seen a couple of presentations in the past where the presenter was brilliant at communicating his topic – unfortunately at least half of what he  said was wrong. Conversely I’ve sat through a few presentations where the material was brilliant, but the presenter just needed lots more practice.

Fortunately I think the following scores show that it wasn’t all show and no substance:

Content Evaluation: 5.56, 5.36, 5.28

My favourite comment: on my B-trees masterclass that lasted 1 hour 50 minutes: “It should have lasted 2 hr 30”. I gave the audience a break at half time – it’s very gratifying when you do that and most of the audience come back when there are competing presentations that they could go to.


  1. It was a good session – though I do wonder what we missed on the rest of the slides! Some of what we discussed came in useful the very next week too (Seemed to be generating lots of redo – was partly due to block splits, which I now understand)

    Comment by Carl Gregory — December 21, 2012 @ 10:46 am BST Dec 21,2012 | Reply

    • Carl,

      Thanks for the comment.

      I was really pleased with how much interaction we had and how, some of the time, the members of the audience weren’t just asking questions but giving answers.

      A side-effect, though, is that you have to prepare enough material to last the session if the audience is very quiet – then you can’t get through it all if they get chatty.

      If you’re UK based, I’ll be trying to find a SIG session where I can deliver the second half of the material.

      Comment by Jonathan Lewis — December 21, 2012 @ 9:55 pm BST Dec 21,2012 | Reply

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