It’s not just entrepreneurs who make terrible presentations. For the second time in as many months, I’ve listened to a terrible presentation by an angel or venture investment professional on an audio conference. Today, I hung up at about 20 minutes. I simply could not listen to her talk any more.
What dismayed me was her horrific monotone, her phrases strung together ad infinitum, and her total lack of sentence structure. But, the worst part was that damn little girl upswing at the end of that infinitely long litany of “you know” and “like” and “so, ums.” Pardon me while I turn and shriek!
Her slides were full – about 50 words per slide - which she proceeded to read. Actually, that was a good thing because the font was too small to read, in addition to being yellow on white text color. Arrrrghhhhh!
Where are you, Guy Kawasaki, when we need you???
This is not the first time I’ve been absolutely turned off by a venture capitalist’s presentation. VC and other investors think they have a hall pass to be terrible speakers because they “got the money.” Not so! We should expect them to provide leadership and show us what a top quality presentation could be.
It's not just women presenters either, although they have a special set of challenges. Men presenters run on and ramble just as poorly as women. I've even seen men hyperventilate with the "f-word" in a feeble attempt to gain attention.
Maybe it’s about time we in the audience had the courage to hang up on, or walk out of the room on, lousy presentations even by so-called experts in this field. I’m not sure how else they’ll get the message..
Those of you in the business of consulting and advising people how to do “a perfect pitch,” you’ve got your work cut out for you.