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As somebody who is also in the business of writing biobank-related software: You have not understood your customers. You are not selling these people a picture, to be hung on their wall and left there. You are selling them the tool around which they will have to build a whole process (the process of data management): A big, expensive and difficult process, ...


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I know it's trite, but "there are no bad questions". The people asking these questions obviously have a concern about using your product - they may not be expressing their concern very well, but the important thing is to find out what the real problem is. For example: if they're saying "we have to physically access your application", try and get to the root ...


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As a speaker, I never want to be nitpicked or corrected. I can sometimes handle it when it's important and relevant for this audience. Usually, it isn't. Usually, I've decided to simplify things because I want to get a concept across, so it's not my lack of knowledge, it's a choice. And yes, I have been in the audience and cringed a little at things I have ...


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As an anecdote: My brother once was on the other side of this. A vendor coming in, signing a big contract, and their developers showed clearly that any questions asked where absurd and the people asking them (including my brother) were stupid. Then came the day of the product delivery. Everything got installed, my brother and his colleagues tried the new ...


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I think you are worrying too much about this. If you put in a slide a picture of yourself and perhaps a picture of you singing a cappella you will pretty well cover both groups of people (those who care about video gaming and those who don't). I suspect that most people who might look down on gaming are very likely to see acapella and find it awesome/cool/...


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I have been in similar situations myself. I find that 9 out of 10 cases the customer really has a valid issue/point of concern, but at the same time the customer has a really hard time to formulate that in a clear question. So don't dismiss a (in your view) obvious question. For the customer it ISN'T obvious or they wouldn't have asked about it. And ...


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It's extremely unlikely that anyone will hold an interest in videogames against you. What you want to avoid is listing it as your only hobby because, rightly or wrongly, a (perceived) obsessive interest in a single hobby still carries a stigma. It's the same as just listing "watching TV", "reading" or "building model airplanes". Certain people will think ...


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Thank you for sending this opportunity my way! However, after discussing it with new boss, I unfortunately cannot accept this engagement at this time, since projects Foo, Bar and Baz are in critical stages right now. Thanks again, and sorry! Feel free to add "I feel honored you think so highly of me" as appropriate, without crossing the threshold into ...


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It's your presentation and you are entitled to run it in the way that you are most comfortable with. It doesn't matter if you are junior to everyone - the presentation is your party, and you can cry if you want to :) You are not being rude, you are being assertive and you are probably not even that if you preface your ground rule as a request with the ...


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Well if we take your sample questions, those are very far to be stupid when you think about huge systems : we have to physically access your application (of course you have to) This very likely refer to the ability to printing some selection of datas on (a lot of ?) various cases. we have to keep our data updated (of course you have to if you want ...


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Have the presenter preview the presentation with you when the person is your junior and help him or her strengthen it. That is a part of your job as their boss. It is certainly what my bosses did for me when I was junior and what I do for people junior to me now. What you want to do is make certain the person doing the presentation gets more in-depth ...


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Every question you are asked points to a defect. It could be a defect in your presentation. It could be a defect in your documentation. It could be a defect in your sales team. It could be a defect in your product. After every sales call or presentation you need to review what happened to see where you can make your process better. The three questions you ...


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There's a few things going wrong here that might be the cause of your problem. They're common problems, simple miscommunication between you and your audience. Presentation Content First of all, be conscious of what you're doing when presenting. You and your presentation are often the first real interaction between your product and your customers. Assume ...


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Imagine that you gave this talk once, and you realized that there were 4 very important things you wanted to emphasize but forgot. What would you do to prepare for the next time? Make notes. It might be an index card. Or a piece of paper. It could be the speakers notes from power point. It showed you prepared. It showed you had confidence that you ...


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Ten minutes is far longer than you think. This is a talk you need to rehearse many times - at least some of the other candidates will have done so. Given that they are offering you visual aids, it's my expectation they expect the majority of the time to be on your project. A well-structured talk will reveal a lot about you while you explain your project. ...


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Simple solution, pass the requests on to your boss, you should be doing this anyway. Your boss is overall responsible for your time management. Your manager should be a buffer between you and the rest of the World. He/she has the authority to outright veto anything without you upsetting anyone. So inform your former manager that it needs to go through your ...


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No, it would not be professional to include this in your presentation. Most internship presentations are meant to be a summary of your work and the things you've accomplished over the term. It's usually more of a benefit to you than the company, to help you develop technical communication and presentation skills. Including criticism of your experience in ...


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You are viewing the questions in the wrong way and need to either learn to handle them, or get someone else to As other answers have stated the fact you consider these absurd shows that you're not doing a good job of understanding your users or their needs. Consider that if you're developing software for scientists that your clients are highly unlikely to ...


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I haven't worked out whether you should have known the answers to the questions, but your attempts at answering with seemingly little knowledge haven't helped you at all. Will this work with active/active? -I don't know. This is fine. Maybe add a "Who do I need to check this with?" What's the impact to the EAE project? -I don't know what that is. Again, ...


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TL;DR Be brief, clear and to the point in your presentation. Keep it interesting and don't overwhelm your audience and remember that you present yourself too. What's the purpose? Some of the purposes to this task are obvious: Figuring out your presentational skills Gauging your level of confidence in an unfamiliar setting Getting a feel for what ...


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I have spoken to groups as large as 2000 in person (larger electronic audiences) and as small and terrifying as my thesis defense committee. I still occasionally get a little nervous. Here are my suggestions: prepare, but don't overprepare. Unlike a musical performance you are not one-way performing a memorized "piece" and you will react to the way they ...


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I recently did a presentation myself; I presented to our sales team who has the same reputation as your co-workers. I found what worked for me was to lay out the presentation into 3 steps; a brief introduction, demonstration and then transition into questions. When giving an introduction people will naturally allow the speaker to have the floor, and by ...


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None of these questions are absurd. They are supposed to lead to a conversation about the practicality of your product in everyday work situations. Personally I love it when my audience gives me such trivial questions. They show that they are paying attention. Also, me and my product look good when I can answer them immediately. They also can give me a hook ...


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As a manager, it is important that you choose the best person for the job, that is more important than whether one of the employees will be unhappy. As long as you have good objective criteria for the choice, which you seem to have, then you are on sound footing. The objective criteria is the starting point of your discussion with employee B. This can be ...


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This is something when you practice becomes easier. Groups such as Toastmasters are really worth while and you should consider attending some of their work shops. Other things you can do is get some friends and practice in front of them. Tell them they can be jerks for experience.


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No, it is not ethical to use Company A's resources or intellectual property to help you find a job, or for any other purpose not related to their business. Now, having said that, your knowledge and skills are your own. You would be fine producing original work based on knowledge and skills you have gained while working for your current employer. Edit: If ...


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