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Steve Ballmer Could Make More Money if He Presented Well

By Nancy Duarte

I’m connecting some pretty broad dots here but even though he’s a billionaire, Reuters reported that Steve Ballmer made $100,000 dollars less last year than the previous one.

Interestingly, each of the next few Fridays, Distinction Services will be posting the results of their annual executive survey of the impact of presentations on an executive’s career. Their first post from last Friday stated 86.1% of executives said “communicating with a solid level of clarity and confidence directly impacts my career and income.” See? It impacts their income. Ballmer could have made more last year if he’d invested more in his presentation.

Thank you for the tremendous participation in our survey [ http://blog.duarte.com/2010/02/product-launches-should-be-a-big-deal/] about Ballmer’s Window’s 7 launch presentation. Results were as expected. It was lousy.

Here’s the results:

Did he have a researcher or writer to help with his speech?

Graph: Did he have a researcher or writer to help with his speech? Yes or No

How many hours did he spend on content for their biggest launch in 10 years?

Horizontal Bar Graph: How many hours did he spend on content for their biggest launch in 10 years?

How many hours did he spend rehearsing his delivery?

Horizontal bar graph: How many hours did he spend rehearsing his delivery?

Did he say any headline-worthy or tweet-worthy soundbites?

Pie Chart: Did he say any headline-worthy or tweet-worthy soundbites?

Topics Covered

speech

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Nancy Duarte

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