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SlideshowTop 5 Things Not to Do During a Telecom Business Presentation
Jessica DiGiacinto
12/11/2013
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Ah, presentations. A necessary evil in the telecom world, whether you're hawking your startup product, coddling clients, trying to impress the boss, or pitching investors, any gathering that involves standing in front of an expectant group with a PowerPoint at the ready will fill your armpits with sweat and your brow with lines.

It's during such meetings that many of us may find ourselves imagining the things we wish we could do or say. Wouldn't it be nice if I could launch this product at my rival's smug face? you might wonder. Would anyone notice if I just skipped to the summary and dropped 80% of what I was supposed to say? you might ask yourself.

As tempting as it might be -- unless you're looking to spend more time with your family -- it's probably best to never do the things you think in your darkest, caffeine-deprived moments. Especially if you've ever dreamed of doing any of the following...

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Red Scare 'Em
Loudly and enthusiastically shout 'What's up my fellow telecommunists!?' as you walk into the conference room.
Loudly and enthusiastically shout "What's up my fellow telecommunists!?"
as you walk into the conference room.

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Ray@LR
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Ray@LR,
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12/17/2013 | 10:59:54 AM
Re: meh?
yeah, woah - the marketing department has obviously not been impressive somewhere along the myhui line....
mendyk
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mendyk,
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12/17/2013 | 10:49:10 AM
Re: meh?
I think this comment belongs in the "rant" section.
myhui
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myhui,
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12/17/2013 | 10:39:03 AM
meh?
I am surprised this piece made it to the front page of Lightreading. It has no content. It has no message. It says nothing. Please, take it off the front page.

 

Maybe this is why the marketing dept. is the first one to be emptied out when a start-up gets into financial trouble.
Kruz
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12/13/2013 | 11:11:35 AM
Re: daydreaming
Yes!So true! During a meeting, the moment I decide to focus and make sure not to zone out is the exact moment I zone out!
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12/12/2013 | 6:01:43 AM
Re: T-Shirt
:) Oh yeah, that's really an epic.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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12/11/2013 | 5:09:59 PM
Re: daydreaming
I swear on a stack of comic books, it wasn't me.
Carol Wilson
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Carol Wilson,
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12/11/2013 | 5:09:02 PM
Re: daydreaming
And you weren't?
mendyk
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mendyk,
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12/11/2013 | 5:08:20 PM
Re: daydreaming
Some LR vets may remember an internal conference call with our group CEO in which a pregnant pause was punctured by the sound of a flushing toilet. Said CEO was convinced that I was responsible for that. I wish I were that... resourceful.
Carol Wilson
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12/11/2013 | 3:10:05 PM
Re: daydreaming
But I always ask you what we're supposed to do after a meeting - NOW you tell me you zone out?
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12/11/2013 | 12:11:43 PM
Donuts
There's nothing an office loves more than donuts (or free food of any type...seriously, they'll eat anything). Bringing donuts, then hoarding them, is cruel, and hilarious.
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