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Chambers Strolls the Crowd

6:30 PM -- There's nothing quite like a John Chambers keynote.

He has this almost evangelical speaking style, which involves a purposeful stroll into the audience -- accompanied by loads of closeup eye contact (and sometimes even a touch of a shoulder).

See this photo from the Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Analyst Day, held this week, if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Chambers engages the audience and, no doubt, keeps them hooked on his every word. But I wonder if his roaming makes some folks uncomfortable. They could be sitting there drawing doodles on a notebook and... "Oh, my gosh! He's coming right this way!"

Perhaps the point -- and Chambers' victory -- is that I'm asking the question to begin with. How many other telecom speakers make that memorable of an impression these days?

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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