I was just browsing the results of the presentations at SQLRally 2012. I ended up with a evaluation average of 1.13 (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being good) for the one I did on professional development. To put that in perspective the highest rating for a session was 1.02 and the lowest was 2.00 across 67 or so sessions, with an average of 1.19. That puts me in the middle of the pack, good consistent delivery. All the comments for my presentation were positive, which is good, though it’s always nice to get a tip or two on how to do better.
Here is a graph of all the scores:
I think the right side of the curve looks worse than it is. I went to one of the sessions in that range and it was a good presentation, nothing that would merit any concern about the session or the speaker. That said, it would be interesting to see the comments for those and contrast what was so different from the top 10%.
There were more than 2900 eval responses across all sessions plus the two days of seminars –that is great participation!