Now that I've been back from my 2 week UK trip without a PC I have been able to process the past *month's* YouTube SharePoint 2013 webcasts. I have had of course quite a few to go through.
Seeing a large number in one short time period has reminded me that some companies just don't get the point of publishing their web casts to YouTube.
It IS to get their name in the public view as a helpful organisation in the SharePoint area.
It IS NOT to spent an interminable amount of time telling us what the company is - when it was formed; how many employees it has; what merits does it have in the SP area etc. etc. That is stuff you can bore us silly with if you are providing us with free food and drink (and, incidentally, when we are a captive audience). Even then, spend too long over that phase and we'll usually not be having positive thoughts about the company (because our minds will be filled with "Get on with it!" and other even less favourable comments).
So while it is possible to have a first screen saying the company's name and if really necessary a woman (it's almost always a woman) to introduce the speaker (although I could well do without her too), she should introduce him (yes, mostly it's a him) in a sentence or two ("XXX has been a SP MVP for n years and often speaks on SP at Microsoft conferences" is good) and then step back and let him start his presentation.
Perhaps the worst example I came across this time around was this one.
where not only did the woman spend three long minutes telling us about the company ("let me first say a few words about the company") but then the male speaker decided that he wouldn't start his talk right away either.
Hopeless and the opposite of being positive PR for a company called Planet Technologies. (It also had the effect of me not listing it in my list of web casts here
because why should anyone else be subjected to that).
P.S. I used to go quite a lot to IBM presentations - they were within easy walking distance and I needed no specific permission to go to them - and quite often experienced the same kind of thing there.
They had typically invited in a male expert from abroad who naturally didn't understand Finnish. A smartly dressed Finnish woman (something that in Finland shouts out "Marketing woman") would then spend ten minutes upwards introducing the expert using information she had previously gathered from him or his slides after which he would be called onto the stage. At this point things often became farcical because as he hadn't understood what the woman had said he gave his own standard introduction which repeated a lot of what the woman had said only this time in English [to of course a Finnish audience].