Vendor PSA: Words and Phrases to Avoid in Presentations

Over the years IT professionals have sat through countless presentations, conference calls, and keynotes. We’ve been preached too, explained “the problem”, and forced to bear witness to the the future. During such events all of us have had to step up and explain that we already understand the problem, we know who your company is, and we really just want to know how your product works.

Outside of the normal annoyances, there are several words and phrases that invoke pain and disgust in our hearts, one such phrase came up today. While I won’t mention the source, or berate them anymore than they already have been. I do want to put this list out there for future reference… If I’ve forgotten something that drives you crazy, please, feel free to contact me so I can add it here.

  • Cloud — we’ve jumped the shark with Cloud years ago….
  • Gartner — No one that understands technology cares what Garner says. Period.
  • Magic Quadrant — See above.
  • Single Pane of Glass — An overly obvious marking term.
  • Next Generation — Really? Prove it.
  • Game Changer — See above.
  • Software Defined $something — Just like Cloud, we’ve driven this into the ground
  • And last, but not certainly lease… money shot.

Other things to avoid are keeping us at 30,000 feet instead of letting us get dirty, Death by PowerPoint, and circling the airport and refusing to land. And don’t forget using cliché metaphors…

Things I hate

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  • Software Defined [whatever] is starting to get up there for me.

  • _SomeClown

    DevOps gets me twitching…

  • _SomeClown

    Oh yeah, also:

    Paradigm Shift
    Success-focused (who isn't?)
    Team-based synergies

  • How about tag team?

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  • David Russell

    Do more with less