Feedback from Optimising your financial reporting systems for long-term value

Well I did say the test of transparency would be whether I rushed to put up a poor evaluation of a presentation.  I did a roadshow for CPA Australia in July (24th and 25th) in Sydney and Melbourne to the topic of ‘Optimising your financial reporting systems for long-term value’.  The feedback that was received was not as good as I would have liked but if you’re going to give presentations you’re not going to find it possible to do really well all the time.

I did spend at least a day putting together the presentation and trying to convert COBIT-type thinking to a more practical consideration.  Probably predictably the feedback was mixed.

At any rate I am posting the feedback.  It’s always a good thing to be transparent and honest, I am sure.  Just ask governments.  Firstly the average overall rating was 3.9 (where 1 = poor, 2 = fair, 3 = average, 4 = very good and 5 = excellent).  So I suppose if we rounded it’s still a ‘Very Good’ assessment.  Technical content received an average of 4.27 and presentation skills 3.96.  CPA’s look for 4.2 so I guess that’s not as good as it could have been.  I’m hoping the audience were hard markers.

Comments specific to my presentation included:

  • Great.  Nice to see some personality, relevance and interaction with us.
  • Presentation too long – had to rush through part of it
  • Great presenter but subject matter much too vague
  • Good speaker, covered the topic well, shame we ran out of time
  • Gave some practical things/going to ask myself
  • Great – very knowledgeable
  • Too much consulting waffle
  • Great – Entertaining

The only unambiguously negative comment of course is the ‘too much consulting waffle’ comment.  Personally I thought I had added just the right amount of consulting waffle but perhaps some people don’t like as much waffle as others do. :).

Overall the ratings are a ‘Very Good’ and it’s of course silly to go off the deep end over that.  Still I would have liked to do better on that score.

Ah well, ‘Must try harder’.  

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