[oclug] A new HOWTO
Michael W. Bazdell
michael at baztech.ca
Tue Sep 6 23:46:40 EDT 2005
What I learned after reading this e-mail
How to say the same thing every 2 months
1) Post an e-mail on a topic every few months about something that
brings up debate and arguments among the members of this group.
2) Bring up a topic that has already been beaten to death and dragged
through the mud and then lit on fire.
3) Believe that you'll actually change people's mind through a general
e-mail instead of talking to the specific individuals who caused the
4) Act like this is the first time this topic has ever been done in this
clever fashion, in an attempt to bring a dead subject to light again.
5) Start another debate on OT and some other topic by slightly changing
your angle during a busy threaded debate.
Seriously, folks, these e-mails have got to stop at some point.
On Tue, 2005-06-09 at 22:43 -0400, David F. Skoll wrote:
> What I Learned at Tonight's Meeting
> How to be an Audience Member at an OCLUG Talk
> 1. Interrupt the speaker. Often.
> 2. Remember, you know more than the speaker. Much more.
> Let everyone else know that. Often.
> 3. Everyone is interested in the minutae of how to get
> Editor X to translate your documents from English to
> Catalan in the fewest possible keystrokes. Explain how
> to do this. For bonus points, describe seven variant
> methods that do the same thing.
> 4. No-one's there to listen to the speaker. They're there to
> listen to YOU. Expound.
> 5. Everyone is much too impatient to wait for the speaker's next
> slide. So anticipate it. Show that YOU thought of it before
> the speaker.
> Seriously, folks, the OCLUG talks are usually given by people who
> volunteer their time and probably don't have much experience with
> public speaking. The OCLUG emcee needs to keep the audience in line,
> keep the speaker on track, and keep the pace moving. Otherwise, the
> talks (which were pretty basic, but could have been interesting)
> degenerate into rambling, boring I-know-more-than-you fests.
> (CC: me if you want to be sure I see any replies to this.)
Michael W. Bazdell <michael at baztech.ca>
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