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Don’t Let This Happen to Me; Looking to Do a Good PCC Keynote

by Jeffrey Mann  |  April 14, 2014  |  1 Comment

Like most Gartner analysts, I do quite a few presentations at our events. Sometimes, I get involved in the keynotes, which are both much more fun and much more intense. With each keynote, we want to try something new, provoke different ways of thinking and have a little more fun than we do in the normal presentations.

I ran across this video this weekend, which has haunted me along with many others on the Interwebs. I have a deep-seated fear that when looking for something new, this is the kind of thing I will come up with.

In a few weeks, I will be onstage with Sue Landry doing the Portals, Content and Collaboration summit¬†opening keynote in Los Angeles. Please don’t let this happen to me; I need your help.

We are looking for the most overused buzzwords in the portals, content management, social and collaboration areas to use as part of the keynote. What terms are used so often they threaten to stop meaning anything at all? Which words will make you scream if you hear them one more time? Please let us know, so that I don’t have to sing or wear a beret.

Replies on Twitter hashtagged with #GartnerPCC and #buzzwords (Is hashtagged as a verb one of those buzzwords?), or as comments here.

Category: being-an-analyst  events  humor  pcc-events  

Tags: keynotes-buzzwords-pcc  

Jeffrey Mann
Research VP
14 years at Gartner
26 years IT industry

Jeffrey Mann is a research vice president for collaboration and social software at Gartner Research. Mr. Mann focuses on social software, team workspaces, the collaboration market and knowledge management. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on Don’t Let This Happen to Me; Looking to Do a Good PCC Keynote


  1. Jeff – much as I’d really like to see you in a beret and possibly hear you singing a song (well perhaps not)… how about ‘awesome’, ‘cloud’ when people just mean some servers in a datacentre, ‘workhacking’, ‘inclusive’ and perhaps ‘digital’.



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