I got the chance to attend an introductory presentation on writing Windows device drivers today. Unfortunately, the person delivering the presentation was a bore. His speech was utterly monotonous and the slides were filled with nothing but boring text. Granted, I am a bit biased when it comes to Windows drivers, but it was still a boring presentation nonetheless.
Technical people should not be allowed to give technical presentations masked as non-technical ones.
A technical presentation should be filled with lots of diagrams, graphs, charts and very few words. Come to think of it, every presentation should be filled with non-words. The worst thing that a presenter can do is to actually read the words off the slides. Maybe we should send him for our presentation/communication skills training. It is at least a non-boring training.
PS: He finally showed a single diagram at the end of the presentation, which was basically worth the entire spoken presentation.