My Hopeless, Repetitive Talk

A few weeks ago, I gave a talk on interoperable metadata at the Semantic Technologies conference. I give a number of talks about various technology topics covering web, semantic web, crypto and voting, but this is one of the few times that I actually received formal, written feedback and ratings. Feedback is a fantastically useful and humbling thing, so I was excited to see what people thought. Here’s a sample of the comments:

  • “Great – finally a practical approach!”
  • “Interesting concepts, but not very convincing.”
  • “Ben is a good speaker, good examples.”
  • “Hopeless talk, repetitive.”
  • “Well done, but grad student level.”

I’m still trying to figure out if “grad student level” means too complicated, or not professional enough.

You can please some people sometimes, but you can’t please all the people all the time. It’s always good to remind myself of this every now and then🙂