I was judging a pitch practice event where an enthusiastic but obviously naive, out-of-touch team presented their Unicorn-Powered, Faster-Than-Light, Perpetual-Motion Time-Machine.
Of course, it wasn’t exactly this, but it’s close enough to be so clearly impossible as not to be worth even a question in real life.
I took a moment to google for a remedial paper to give them, and in doing so, I found out that was wrong.
Their idea is brilliant and might actually work and if so, could generate billions in profit.
At the time, I thought about how ineffective presentations can mask incredible innovation.
It is impossible to distinguish between a brilliant idea presented badly and a terrible idea being presented accurately.
It wasn’t until the next day that I realized that through my aggressive ignorance and arrogance, I could miss out on the truly fantastic opportunities. I might even confidently but wrongly kill them.
Perhaps I need to start practicing humility more often and focusing less on other people’s presentation skills.