Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang gave a studious presentation at CES 2011 last week. His presentation included a solid introduction for his audience, leaving them in no doubt that the pc and device landscape was changing. He’s good at repetition and used it well.
His presentation brought a colleague on to the stage before he started a demonstration of the new tablet computer. The widgets, the videos, the sound and the inherent pzazz of the tablet pc looked good and came across very well on the backdrop screens. Any suggestions? Perhaps a little more passion from the presenter as he began his tablet pc demonstration would have worked his cause more.
But it was the online demonstration that courted disaster. In what must be a familiar routine now, since the same happened in a Steve Jobs presentation last year, the conference centre’s WiFi capability was not enough to cope with the demands placed on it by the demonstration…and an audience of bloggers and twitterers. A similar audience to Steve Jobs when he presented the iPhone 4 in San Francisco.
Note to all serious presenters wanting to do such a presentation again. Get yourself a private WiFi network which only you can access. It’s guaranteed to spare your presentation blushes.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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