Speaking at Las Vegas Teched – Failure
Well this is my first Teched Blog! I’ve been so busy. It’s been so much fun! BUT I’ll save that for a different blog. This one is about presenting, speaking and failure.
Crazy – that was crazy to do – but a new challenge! One that got the better of me this time!
Have you ever tried to demo something LIVE while speaking. Tried is a key word in that sentence. I thought I could. Not a good thought. How insane could I be?
First session at Teched
So my first session where I presented, MMMMMMmmmmm…. Well – the best I can say is I failed miserably. Really? Yes. There were some polite people that said how great it was! Really? They were very nice. I however, am a realist sometimes. Rarely – but sometimes. I know / knew that I could mark that session as a failure. I heard an interesting culture differences. I heard that people “from the states” are polite like that. Always saying how good you did. People from Germany are honest. So they will tell you what they think! Interesting. I haven’t ever thought about that.
Learning from failure? Really!
So “You learn from Failure”, I think that’s the saying. Well, what did I learn? NOTHING. OK I did learn some things really:
- Humliation is humbling.
- A great deal of respect from those crazy people that do a live demo!
- How to go back to the first time I ever spoke. You know, hands shaking.
- The more mistakes I made the more badly my hands shook. The more mistakes I made. So I learned how to keep going when I was rattled. Sort of. Kind of. Not really. I continued but badly.
- That I need to be more forgiving of the people that stumble when presenting. (I already was, but even more)
OK – so I didn’t learn everything positive. So the day started out VERY badly. Hey I had 2 fun expert sessions! The day continued in that positive way.
If you read any of my other blogs, you know I think it is a great idea to present. If you decide to present, know I’ll be one of those people clapping for you – no matter how you do. I may not tell you how “great you did”. You know if you did great or not!
Now I was one of those “LUCKY” people who got a second chance. I’m 100 precent sure the people who showed up hadn’t spoken to their friends. Otherwise no one would have come.
Was a nervous the second time? Oh yeah! So did I try a “Live” demo? What do you think? Do you think I’m crazy? Well maybe you do. But I didn’t do a live demo. The session went well. There was a lot of interaction with the people in the crowd. Awesome!
So was it my best presentation? No of course not. I had to use slides. But it wasn’t my worse. My worse was yesterday, Wednesday. And I will never forget it? I will still present. So I guess in a way I am crazy!. Live demo? Sure, I’ll try it again, but I will have a script ready in my back pocket in case I’m having problems. Also if possible, I’ll grab a co-worker to help with the demo!
So I guess I did learn some things. However, I could have done without these interesting lessons.
More coming from Teched LV
Standby for some better blogs about what is going on at Teched LV. There have been great sessions (really). There have been some great events. Innojam, Design thinking, the lectures I went to, and the best – hands on!