1/31/2006

Atlanta The Vicinity of Atlanta

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:48 am EST

I guess my trip to Atlanta went pretty well. As expected, the airport and the inside of the hotel were the only things I saw besides this lovely view from my window. But the flights went smoothly, the meeting was moderately interesting, and I met some cool people. Plus, I get to check off one more state on my map. :-)

I did come to realize a few things, though.

1) At every meeting, there will always be one person who asks one stupid question after another, much to the chagrin of the speaker and everyone else in the room. The questions will be either completely irrelevant, or about something that was already covered. Sometimes the questions will not even be coherent.

2) There should be mandatory training before anyone is allowed to give a PowerPoint presentation. The training should expressly forbid the use of things such as an image Superman standing in front of a giant American flag, or the words “Thank you” in a rainbow of colors, flashing, spinning, and flying in from ten different directions.

3) No matter how perfect I try to be, I’ll at least find some minor way to be an idiot.

12 Responses to “Atlanta The Vicinity of Atlanta”

  1. daveT Says:

    whats wrong with superman in powerpoint?

  2. Stan Says:

    Seriously…

  3. Kate Says:

    I knew you two would disagree. :-)

  4. Stan Says:

    You know what they say. “We are Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

  5. Holz Says:

    I once gave a presentation in which Lushy came in within 10 seconds, punched me in the face, dropped a People’s Elbow on me, and I think he hit me with a cookie sheet while I was lying on the ground like a little girl.

    And I still did my presentation, so I say, anything to get attention works for me…

  6. daveT Says:

    BUT, did you have sex before all that? mr master bater i mean debater

  7. Kate Says:

    I seem to remember that. For SpeechComm 100, right?

  8. Holz Says:

    Correct, Ms. K

  9. Manchild Says:

    I agree in principle. Some managers are way too fond of powerpoint. When a Word document of 30 pages would do better as an email, they insist on holding a meeting for 30 interminable slideshows of small text.

    That said, I watched a 30 page one today about Mittal’s upcoming hostile take over bid of Arcelor (22 billion dollars on the table) which was so dull, I wish I had seen Superman. Or two people beating the crap out of each other.

    On the upside, now’s a good time to buy shares in Arcelor. But you didn’t hear that from me.

  10. Kate Says:

    I guess the Superman thing wasn’t so bad. It’s a long boring story, but it was supposed to illustrate the US catching up to the rest of the world after a relatively slow start in the project. Extremely cheesy.

    But the spinning flashing thank yous were just ridiculous, especially since the presenter (who is a really a great lady) didn’t seem to know what was going on.

  11. Stan Says:

    Any epilieptics present?

  12. Stan Says:

    yeah ok, so I can’t type. Epileptics