Re: Orlando Conference and Exhibits (rambl

Subject: Re: Orlando Conference and Exhibits (rambl
From: Marilynne Smith <marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com>
To: Janice Gelb <janiceg -at- marvin -dot- eng -dot- sun -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2000 17:57:36 -0700

At 09:49 AM 6/2/00, Janice Gelb wrote:

In article ORG -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com, KMcLauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com writes:
>The "Coral Cafe" made it obvious THEY knew they were
>serving a captive market. Serving staff were ok, but the
>cook wouldn't even get hired as an apprentice in Montreal
>or Ottawa.

I disagree on this one: as someone who eats vegetarian,
I was very pleased to find a restaurant that offered
decent portobello mushroom sandwiches for lunch.
I went to the Coral Cafe for breakfast every morning because sweet rolls and coffee are not what I need for breakfast. It was very expensive and the eggs left something to be desired. I preferred that to the free breakfast.

>So, I was surprised that the STC in
>its 47th year of doing conferences, wasn't bigger and
>wasn't swamped with eager vendors. The hours, and the
>early break-up of the exhibit area were not endearing,

I manned an exhibit one year and I believe that your
latter point explains your former: it's very frustrating
for a vendor to go to all the trouble to host an
exhibit and then have it close early.
I was around when they were closing the vendor's exhibit area. No one looked frustrated to me. <grin> They were all closing up as fast as they could.

>Back to the quality of presentations: I suggest
>that STC provide some coaching for the unsure...
>things like... either learn to talk at a decent
>volume, or learn to keep your mouth near the mike.

STC actually does provide a pamphlet for speakers,
and a session for them on Sunday afternoon. My
theory (and I'm a presenter myself) is that if
you're good at this, you're going to be good, and
if you're a person who is not comfortable speaking
in public, there's not much STC can do to help.
In terms of volume, though, the audience can
certainly provide feedback that the speaker cannot
be heard.
I would advise all speakers to use a mike. Even those whose voices project well, still can't be heard from the back. When a speaker announces he or she will not be using the mike because they speak loud enough, I groan. About 3/4 of these people do not speak loudly.

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Marilynne Smith
Sr. Technical Writer
marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com
(858) 651-6664

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