Thursday, November 04, 2010
Show and Tell
Ahhh.....my big day out is over.
Well, it was over at 12 noon yesterday. Kind of. I'll back up.
My big-ass presentation was yesterday, a four hour one. But it was the day before that was killing me. The week of prep time (that's all I was given) was totally consuming. The crafting, the editing, the last minute tweaks. ...and I do mean last minute.
Kinko's needed the presentation sent to them by 19:00, so they could print and bind it by 06:00 the next day. After I hit 'send', we used my electronic copy to do walk throughs, assign talking points and then practice. "We" would be the team I assembled. Subject Matter Experts, all.
I left the hotel at 22:30 where all were staying and drove 45 minutes home. In retrospect, I should have stayed at the hotel, but I didn't bring my suit. Because if you hadn't figured it out, someone had to go to Kinko's and pick up the bound presentation at 06:00. $1,796.00, thank you! Blech.
Oh, and it was 24 degrees out at 05:20 when I left home. And no, it wasn't a gym morning. Just a 45 minute drive back. At 06:15, I was at the hotel having a cup of coffee.....something I never do. I don't do coffee (unless it's ice cream), I rarely do caffeine. But I was operating on about 4.5 hrs of sleep and needed some stimulant and no one had any blow!
Overall, the presentation went fine. A few hiccups - one presenter SUCKED and he was our only third-party vendor. Some of the people we presented to just liked to gripe, so you have to navigate that.
Four hours to the minute we took. We could have gone longer. While some had immediate flights out, I took the rest of my team to lunch.
Did we get the contract? I don't know yet. I'm not sure when I'll know.
But today, I'm doing a round trip trek to West Virginia.
I SO cannot wait for vacation in one and a half weeks!
Song by: Marti Jones