Was Rischard’s ISTE 2010 Keynote Really That Bad?

Jim ShimabukuroBy Jim Shimabukuro

Based on back channel comments included in Scott McLeod’s “ISTE 2010 – Some early takes on the opening keynote (and on conference attendees’ behavior)” (6.28.10, in his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant), the opening keynote by Jean-François Rischard on the 27th was a disaster in terms of audience appeal.

Yesterday (29th), I wasn’t able to google a transcript or video of the keynote so I can’t comment on the value of Rischard’s ideas. But I am concerned by the nature of the negative feedback quoted by McLeod. The majority seemed to be aimed at the low-tech and poorly designed PowerPoint slides and the lack of animation in the speaker. Little was said about the actual ideas.

Is this a case of an audience so conditioned to lecture as motivational entertainment that substance is no longer an issue? Or was Rischard’s presentation really that poor in terms of performance and substance?