October 20, 2008

Presentation nightmare



Sometimes I dream about speaking engagements, but this was more of a nightmare...

I was asked to speak with 20 minutes notice.

I frantically went looking for my materials, but couldn't find all of my notes. I think I had visuals, but couldn't find them either.

I went ahead and gave the presentation with my incomplete notes, but they weren't making sense and I couldn't understand them. The audience was barely hanging on.

Then some noise started coming from the next room, and the audience became even more restless. They started talking amongst themselves, and then they started leaving.

At that point, I realized I was in my pajamas!

So, I assume you haven't been in the middle of a presentation only to realize you were in your pajamas, but how often do you find yourself:

** Throwing your presentation together at the last minute?

** Leaving out props and visuals?

** Scribbling out notes that are disorganized, without a clear beginning, middle or end?

** Allowing yourself to be distracted by circumstances and letting the audience get away from you?

Public speaking can be a nightmare when you don't prepare properly. For some previous posts on preparation, look here:

Prepared vs. over-prepared

Psych yourself up...or out

Who's in the audience and why should I care?

Get plenty of sleep before your presentation


Heckle Schmeckle

Preparation Rituals Series

3 comments. Please add yours! :

Jacki Hollywood Brown said...

At least you weren't naked!

Lee Potts said...

Hi Lisa,

Hope you don't mind a little shameless self promotion. Breaking Murphy's Law (http://www.breakingmurphyslaw.com) is all about being prepared in order to prevent presentation disaster.

I've been told that I'm blessed with both a vivid imagination and a pessimistic nature so it was my own nightmares about the presentations I was supporting that lead me to thinking so much about ways to prevent disasters.

Thanks,
Lee

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Jacki, ain't that the truth!

Lee, I'm not sure I've plugged your blog enough, so by all means self-promote!

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