I totally presented to an executive the wrong way


Some time ago, Gray Knowlton wrote an article on how to present to an executive.

As you might have guessed, I've done it completely the wrong way.

Many years ago, I was part of a group presenting to a senior-level executive. I was the one who wrote the document establishing the background for the topic and laying out the various options with their pros and cons. I wasn't the one doing the actual presenting, but I was asked to attend anyway, just in case the senior executive had a question that the presenters couldn't answer.

For the duration of the meeting, I sat in the back and knitted.

As it turns out, I wasn't needed. But at least I got some knitting done.

(I was commended for the quality of the document I had written, so don't think I was just blowing off the issue entirely.)

Comments (10)
  1. Chriso says:

    Hmm…i see no problem here, as you weren't main part of the presentation. But! Would you have been able to stop knitting and answer a question, if some questions were arising?

  2. Michael G says:

    Chriso: I am convinced that Raymond would have been able to answer the question without even a single pause in the knitting.

  3. dave says:

    But can he knit and write scripts?

    (Knit one, Perl one…)

  4. Karellen says:

    In order to keep the executives from getting bored, did you go through the presentation and delete every third paragraph?

  5. Maurits says:

    Like James Garfield, Raymond can write with both hands, simultaneously, in different scripts.

    (I think we need to start a Raymond Chen Facts site a la Chuck Norris Facts and Bruce Schneier Facts.)

  6. Cheong says:

    If I were in the position of backup supporter during such presentation, I would have been busy typing on my laptop (whether doing this related to presentation or not is up to others to guess… :P ).

    I would, however, agree that knitting (or any other things obviously not related to the meeting by the others) is a bit over…

  7. Alex says:

    Once of my colleagues got reprimanded for knitting in a meeting.

  8. Dave says:

    If I were in the position of backup supporter during such presentation, I

    would have been busy typing on my laptop

    I once sat through an hour-long all-hands meeting with my back to the Big Boss typing energetically on a desktop keyboard.  Other attendees mentioned that the clacking of the keys was a nice distraction during pauses.

    I would, however, agree that knitting (or any other things obviously not

    related to the meeting by the others) is a bit over…

    Naah, gutting a fish is a bit over.  Knitting is just fine.

  9. voo says:

    Personally I think knitting would be a whole lot less disturbing than actually working on a laptop. The keys clicking, most certainly the fan kicking in after some time,.. not that quiet.

  10. J. Pierrepont Finch says:

    I feel sorry for men who don't knit. Their lives are so … empty.

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