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When the wheels fall off a presentation: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (6)

MicroScope has featured a number of cautionary tales over the years concerning customer presentations. There was the instance of the belt and braces IT salesman who went to the loo just before making a presentation to a bunch of customers. Halfway during the meeting, people began to notice a very unpleasant smell. The salesman was mortified to discover upon looking over his shoulder that when he had unhitched his braces to sit on the loo, they had fallen into the bowl and become smeared in the brown stuff.

Any road, perhaps the most entertaining example comes from 1998 when Yuri Pasea, director of Kerridge Network Systems, was giving a passionate video conferencing pitch to a client. He ended by slamming his hands down on the conference table saying:  "What we all want is to get these horrible cars off the road."

There was a stunned silence. Pasea realised, with horror, that he was pitching to a car manufacturer.


This was first published in April 2011

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