Qantas CEO Presentation Makes No Mention of the Fokkers

By Andrew Ivey | Presentations

Feb 17
Alan Joyce of Qantas

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas

When you need to give a company results presentation you’ll spend plenty of time working through your material, planning your speech, editing and rehearsing.

It’s the editing that’s especially vital–giving you the chance to test words and phrases for their meaning. And their second meaning.

And that’s a familiar scenario for Alan Joyce the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas. Today, 17th February, he gave a presentation on the Qantas company results and the plan to buy more aircraft for the fleet.

For anyone who isn’t Dutch or German pronouncing Fokker could be a challenge. And that meant that his announcement of the purchase of 10 Fokker 100 airplanes would be a pronunciation challenge. He’s mindful of his pronunciation when presenting. Not least because of some unfair reporting of his Rolls Royce engine presentation last year.

But on this occasion he rose to the challenge as a presenter. Throughout his presentation he referred to the “F100” instead of the “Fokker 100“. The accompanying notes to his presentation spelled out the details.

Now, can anyone still recall the notorious story about WWII fighter ace Douglas Bader recounting his Fokker anecdote at the British girls school…?

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