I chatted with G. Andrew Duthie yesterday, and we both agreed it was exceptionally egregious of folks who give Microsoft presentations running Virtual PC to force us to watch their silly presentations with 6pt MS Sans Serif Fonts.
People: If, during your presentation, you say "Uh, ya, you probably can't see this" - you're not only not-prepared, but you're wasting my time. You've got 786,432 pixels up there that are NOT working for you, and you've just let me know verbally, and visually. <sarcasm>Kudos!</sarcasm>
So, a reminder for you to spread the word about how to give a Successful Microsoft Presentation and a few extra updated tips for 2004:
These are just a few thoughts I've had after a years of making mistakes. I've taken a number of Presentation Skills classes, but they don't teach you how not to bore or insult your audience. Remember, if you give a crappy small font presentation with tiny dialogs - you LOSE the right to complain about other people's talks.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.