A MANAGER giving a presentation to 20 bored employees is under the misguided impression he is delivering a dazzling TED talk.
Nathan Muir, who is outlining the post-Christmas targets at his business’s strategy away day, is pacing up and down in a black polo and grey chinos as if he is a Silicon Valley CEO speaking to an audience of millions.
Campaigns manager Helen Archer said: “It began when he asked for the headset and belt-worn battery mike. That was six weeks ago. It’s spiralled from there.
“His entire job is to deliver a series of unattainable numbers to an audience manfully holding back groans. Instead he’s begun by discoursing on how the spice trade of the first millennium ‘civilised the world’, and I’m struggling to see the relevance.
“He’s asking for contributions on how our mission will disrupt exploitative paradigms and change society. We sell car parts in and around Solihull. Nobody’s sure how to answer.”
Colleague William McKay said: “He scrapped his Powerpoint in favour of a single black slide with a white question mark. I wondered how that would work when his brief is to share the 2024 financial forecast. And the answer is now clear: it doesn’t.
“He asked for questions when he’d finished. Leanne asked if the buffet was a Christmas buffet or just a normal one.”