I was fortunate enough last week to get to demonstrate OneNote to a large group of people. The demo went well and there were no glitches at all.
In the same spirit as my Outlook rule that delays all outgoing mail by two minutes, I have a few rules about demos.
One odd thing, though. The strength of OneNote in a team environment is shared notebooks in which multiple users can author changes. I really wanted to demonstrate this and since we had 4 demo machines it seemed possible. However, there was only one monitor/projector system and getting the picture in picture needed to show what was happening was too high a technical hurdle for the time we had. Plus, my potential partner for the demo wound up getting sick. And the remote locations weren't sure they could show 2 different video screens at once. So well before the "lock down" date I opted for a simpler demo and the headaches avoided showed this was a good decision. Had we counted on the multiple user demonstration, we would have hit three problems and making the decision for simplicity removed those hurdles.
This isn't rocket science. It's just that I've seen great demos derailed by people who violate my third rule, and I'm sure we've all suffered through demos that have obviously not been rehearsed. Any chance of building enthusiasm for what you are demonstrating gets destroyed. And if there is anything I want people to be enthusiastic about, it is OneNote :)
Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,