Recently Jen McCown received a speaker evaluation form from a SQL Saturday attendee. Now normally this wouldn’t be a blog worthy event as this happens several times a year as there are easily 100 SQL Saturday’s a year.. The reason that this speaker evaluation form is blog worthy is due to the comment which was left.
The question on the form was “What could the speaker do differently to improve?”. Acceptable answers typically are something like “speaker slower”, “more demos”, “fewer demos”, etc. However on this specific evaluation form the attendee wrote “wear négligée”. Jen was kind enough to post the evaluation form for us all to see.
In case you weren’t aware, and apparently at least one person isn’t, this is completely unacceptable. This would barely be acceptable if her husband, Sean, had written it (he didn’t, she checked), from a stranger it’s unwanted, immoral, and completely unacceptable in either a professional or social setting.
Clearly someone needs to be reminded how we act in civil society. We don’t tell total strangers that we want to see them standing around in their underwear. Just because you’re seen someone give a presentation you aren’t in a relationship with them. You don’t get to post these sorts of things.
Speakers in our community are not your playthings to do with as you please. They are giving their own time and money to put together presentations and attend the events which they give the sessions at.
If you think that these sort of comments are acceptable, let me tell you now once and for all, they aren’t. Not to a male presenter and not to a female presenter. All the presenter is looking for, after spending their time and money is a round of applause and if you liked the session a nice “thank you”.
If you want to write this sort of thing on a speaker evaluation form, stay home. Your attendance isn’t required.
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