99% of presentations result in a tremendous waste waste of human potential, forcing 99% of the people at an event to sit in their chair and say nothing, to be passive receptacles of verbal spewing of the microphone coddler. We’re not saying that a 55 min presentation is a bad thing. But we are saying that failing to facilitate 55 minutes of further dialog is a modern knowledge management / enterprise 2.0 tragedy. How arrogant can someone be to think that the audience is solely there to simply listen to the wonderful wisdom between their ears. Instead, we propose that the audience be engaged in an open discussion in the event and invited to participate by sharing their opinion and perspective.
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00:30 Introduction – Continuing the August 15th recording… The Age of Conversation
01:15 Previously heard on Sweettt.com… Luis and Matt recap the KM 2.0 session by Carl Frappaolo… A real eye-opener… Tune in, Turn on, and Wake UP!
02:45 Carl was really willing and able to engage with the audience. He was willing
03:15 He was a good synthesist, was able to include, summarize, compare, contrast, and synthesize without being defensive.
04:00 The audience is just as good as the speaker, not just taking a turn being the speaker, but really part of the process, with an opinion, and a voice
04:30 the speaker’s opinion is not better than everyone else’s
05:15 Main tent / Keynote sessions are a waste of time from a knowledge sharing point of view.
05:45 Conversations in the lobby and on the floor are much more engaging.
06:15 Keynote sessions are one way interactions, and not very engaging.
06:45 Harriet Pierson, Chief Executive Privacy Officer started her session with a conversation. “Does anyone have any questions”
08:00 She answered all the questions before she got into her pitch. Then she integrated all the questions into her pitch.
08:15 This kind of presentation is rated #1 in a conference.
08:45 The future of conference recognizes that the reason for being there is the audience, not the speaker.
09:00 People must be connected to online services.
09:15 Convensions need to facilitate conversations between participants, instead of preach to them.
10:15 Why are people so obsessed with PowerPoint slides? Without your slides are you naked?
10:45 Someone who really knows there stuff really won’t need their slides.
11:00 A very embarrassing story about an executive who didn’t know his presentation and could only read his presentation.
12:00 A huge percentage of speakers are not really able to present without their slides.
12:15 Slides act as notes for the presentation.
12:45 It’s a sad statement about the knowledge and insecurity of the speaker when they have to go on stage and dominate the discussion 95% of the time.
13:15 Speakers do not realize that they are missing out on an opportunity to learn. Instead, they are looking for opportunities to show off.
13:45 It is confusing why people aren’t more open and willing to learn when presented with an audience.
14:30 The audience is put in a position of the mythical role of student, sitting at the feet of the master. And if no one sits at your feet, then you must not be a master.
15:15 However, it’s a myth that students were just listening to the master.
15:45 Socrates was famous for asking questions. He didn’t lecture.
16:15 Socrates never wrote anything. His entire means of sharing knowledge was to have conversations with students. (note – Yeah, but if Plato never wrote down what Socrates did, we would never have known)
17:00 We have not really advanced much beyond the ancient Greek scholars (in fact, we can only hope to be so good as them) when it comes to using conversations as a means of sharing knowledge (and so many other things).
17:15 PowerPoint-based presentations are really aweful.
17:30 Luis is going to be at a conference and presenting without slides. Actually the request was to avoid using slides.
18:15 The conference committee obviously was afraid to ask speaker NOT to present with slides. But it’s a great thing that they wanted to do it that way.
19:00 David Snowden doesn’t use slides. People are surprised by that.
19:30 We will have to make an episode based on the terribleness of slides.
20:00 Slides are all about being BIG, with a big persona, and taking control of the room.
21:00 Sometimes slides are helpful to coordinate attention and get everyone on the same page.
22:00 Tertulia is the opportunity to have that good discussion… share the knowledge… get what you have been missing.
22:30 And Sweettt.com is another space to have this space… this Tertulia… these conversations.
23:00 We really need to figure out how to engage people and invite them into the conversation.
23:45 Please post comments to propose topics.
24:00 We really need to work on the process and the technology to engage and interract with our audience. Is a puzzlement.
24:45 There are many ways… a forum… email… comments on the blog… video comments… we could find & use other tools…
25:30 Maybe we could do a TV show (oh god I hope not)
25:45 Keep a live chat channel going.
26:15 We need a way for people to be able to chime in at any given time.
26:30 Maybe this is a good time slot.
27:15 How in the world can we reach out to Asia Pacific?
28:15 Recording of the Introduction
28:45 Matt doesn’t know when to stop.
29:45 Wrap Up