Lessons from the road

Here is one that will send shivers down the spine of anyone that gives presentations. It happened over 10 years ago, and it is a lesson in backups…

Our work for the tradeshow was complete. Video done, tradeshow booth done, executive speech written and delivered—our role was to walk the show. We watched the executive walk to the podium for their introduction speech to 2,500+ attendees. But something was wrong—instead of delivering a powerful message, there was just awkward silence while the teleprompter tried to reset, without success. The executive had never read the speech, and did not bring a hard copy.

The moral of the story? Prepare for the unexpected, and always bring a backup to any meeting or presentation. Streamed presentations do not always work, so always arrive with a backup PDF!