I recently presented at the APMP Southern Accents Proposal Conference – aka SPAC. This is one of my favorite conferences as the people involved put on a great event and the hospitality they provide is nothing short of amazing.
The theme for the conference was Little Shop of Proposal Horrors and my topic within that was Potential Problems (my presentation was titled “A Survival Guide”).
Within my presentation, as one would expect, I spoke about avoiding problems, containing them when and where possible and contingency planning.
During my presentation two problems occurred. The first was the projector over heating and shutting down. Though I had been prepared for a computer failure, having my presentation loaded another computer and having that one ready to swap in if/as needed, I wasn’t prepared for this eventuality. Fortunately for me, there was a projector in the next room that wasn’t being used at that time and we were able to quickly swap it in.
The second problem was the batteries in my microphone going dead while I was presenting. Again, I hadn’t prepared for this but here too I was lucky as someone nearby happened to have a couple of the right size batteries and we were able to swap them in. Both of these problems provided abject lessons in what could and in this case, did go wrong. I love when life works like that.