October 12, 2004

Practicing what I Preach

In my technology training workshop Sunday one of my points was that if you are doing a presentation you have to be ready to roll with any glitches that pop up.

Monday I got to practice what I preach. My CyberClinic was about new technologies in libraries and I created a small PPT to use. I copied it from my Mac to my JumpDrive and was good to go -- or so I thought....

In the room...with minutes before the start -- an maybe 40 folks waiting -- the PPT would not open! It would not open on another laptop as well! My Mac was in my hotel room so I had to go ahead and do it from my own storage drive -- my brain!

I had no notes because the PPT was my outline as well...so I did it. I spoke from my head! It went ok!!

Moral: always test your copied presentations when moving them with portable storage drives!!! Test them on the drives!!!

Posted by Michael at October 12, 2004 02:55 PM

Sounds like you were successful! I always do two things with presentations:
1. I email them to myself - that way I have the option of downloading them if needed
2. I bring along a paper copy of the ppt handouts - and usually cover them with notes of stuff I'm going to say

Never had to use either yet, but you never know!

Posted by: David King at October 12, 2004 05:30 PM

It was good to meet you at ILI. I've had or come across similar problems when giving presentations at conferences. I wrote an article about such expereiences which provided advice - see

Posted by: Brian Kelly at October 27, 2004 04:25 AM
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