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  Sunday, June 01, 2014 – Permalink –

Presentation Review

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... (the) CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, gave a presentation called "Past, Present, and Future of Food" for an audience of 2000 in Berkeley, California.

... (he) was there to make a presentation and have a conversation that would . . . (show) a skeptical Berkeley audience that his large company still has the credibility to lead the food movement into the future.

. . .(the) 45-minute talk "aided" by 67 text-filled slides followed by an on-stage conversation

. . . Most people felt that the evening generally was successful given Mackey's sincerity, honesty, and general likeability, but John Mackey's "multimedia presentation" as it was billed, could have been so much more.


. . . (the) presentation in Berkeley is a wonderful example of a presentation by an intelligent, personable, and passionate leader that easily could have been insanely great but was not. "[He] raced through the slides like a Ph.D. student presenting his dissertation," said the UC Berkeley reporter in the audience.

. . . it's a shame the presentation itself was not better planned and delivered given the importance of the topic and the profile of the speaker. Frankly, when you're trying to change the world, there is no excuse for being dull.
  • It's a story. This topic screams "Story" yet there was no story that I could follow.
    There were bits and pieces (some of it interesting) and way too much history and data-without-purpose.

  • Make it shorter. Cut the presentation part of the evening to 20-25 minutes and spend more time discussing on stage with the host, taking questions from the audience, etc.

  • Make it visual. There are no boring topics, but this topic is especially interesting and provocative.
Signal vs. Noise


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<Doug Klippert@ 3:15 AM

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