What people say after your presentation…and what they really mean

telling liesWhat people say and what they really mean:

 Thanks for enlightening us

But you didn’t really think about us at all and what we already knew. In fact you’ve just spent time lecturing at us and missing the point completely.

Lovely font on your slides

Your voice was so boring and you stayed glued behind the lectern for so long I spent my time reading the slides and wondering where you got the font from. At least it wasn’t comic sans script.

Shame you got the graveyard slot

It was so warm, and cosy. My belly was full from lunch and thankfully you did nothing to engage me, wake me up from my slumbers or in any way demand my attention. Thank you.

Could you send me your slides?

Your slides had so much information on them that it will be much more pleasant and easier to read them at home in my own time, at my own speed. I can read you know.

Where did you get your dress?

Sorry – you’ve been delivering a key message? Nothing attracted my attention other than that dress. Your pulling and tugging helped keep my mind on the colour, material and skirt length.

You’ve got sunburn on the back of your neck

You’ve spent the entire presentation turned towards the screen while you read the PowerPoint slides. Couldn’t help noticing your sunburn. That’s going to hurt in the morning.

You must have put a lot of work into that presentation

I have to hand it to you – lots of prep, lots of data, lots of time spent putting the information on the slides. Couldn’t tell you what your point was – but very appreciative of your hard work.

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6 Responses to What people say after your presentation…and what they really mean

  1. Catherine Lloyd August 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    No one said anything like that after my presentation, Catherine. Thanks!!

    • Catherine Sandland August 4, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

      Of course not Catherine!! YOu must have prepared and delivered well!

  2. Jason October 22, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

    The worst things I have ever seen said were. That was nice, and it was exactly what I expected

    • Catherine Sandland November 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Ah – damning with faint praise methinks!

  3. Jason October 22, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    The best thing I ever heard on one of mine was, that was not what I expected at all, you really challenged me.

    • Catherine Sandland November 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      Yes – it is a great feeling when you realise that what you say resonates or challenges or causes people to pause and view things differently. I have also had people say that I must have prepared the presentation just for them. Once when three people said this separately to me after the same presentation, I knew I had done my prep well for that particular audience.

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