The pause has crept into the blog again this week. Last time it was Herman Cain with an extended pause. This time it’s a very short, conversation-style pause in a Windows Mobile presentation.
Many will be familiar with the rapid fire presentation style of Steve Ballmer, the CEO at Microsoft. That style has much to commend it. But this week it managed to get him in a tight spot.
The Microsoft CEO gave a presentation at the Microsoft shareholders meeting when someone asked whether we were now in the post PC era.
It was his response that got bloggers and technophiles around the blogosphere really worked up. Or rather, it wasn’t his reply to the question, but the absence of a pause.
Well one thing I know is, we’re certainly not, we are in the Windows era. We were, we are and we always will be. That’s kinda what we get paid to do. We’ve got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone. With Windows 8, you’ll see incredible new form factors powered by Windows from tablets, small, large, pens, smaller, bigger, room-sized displays.
Yes, one small pause would have made all the difference. A pause between phone and Windows 8. But it wasn’t there.
When you listen to his reply you can get a feel for the torrent of words. A barrage of initiatives and developments. And, of course, linked themes and ideas. They just pour out, because there’s so much to talk about.
But, without a pause…at a critical moment…we couldn’t infer the real meaning. So, the best bet is perhaps to keep your answers short and precise. Then aim to keep on the right track and get your main message across. Of course, you can also discover more about how to to use pauses in a speech.
But, whatever the fall-out, you have to acknowledge that he’s got the presentation style that many CEOs can still only aspire to.
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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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