One of the things that I have always struggled with is communicating effectively. I tend to make huge assumptions that people can read my mind. Sadly they can’t and I end up looking like a court jester.
Recently I presented an analysis I did which showed how our business operates. Historically we have modeled our applications based on the data rather than the business. Since I have the opportunity to redesign the enterprise, it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor to relearn the business.
Anywho, I spent a good deal of time crafting my Visio’s and perfecting my slides. Needless to say wih all of that prep, the presentation was well received. I would like for everyone to go that well, but…
I think my takeaway is that every presentation needs to have the same level of preparation (sounds simple, I know)
This really hit home when recently I presented to my CIO. After the presentation, he asked why would I present something so unpolished. Again, I made sum assumptions on how the casual (or non-casual) the audience was. He was right!