April 24, 2003

PowerPointed Toward Disaster?

Darn near spilled my coffee all over myself this morning when I looked outside at the porch thermometer (barely 30)... 'cause just beyond the walkway a huge marshmallowy ghost hoovered 4 feet off the ground! I'd forgotten the great production last night wherein the Keeper of the Grounds had recruited the staff here to help get a queen-sized bedsheet over the top of a 7-foot lilac. The staff had guffawed at this silliness, claiming "it'll be on the ground by the time we go to bed". He was wrong. I forgot it was there. So with the coffee and this early adrenalin surge, I think I'm ready to put the finishing light and airy touches on my Powerpoint presentation for later this morning.

I'm walking on the wildside here, taking the approach that, with a 10K-word paper reduced to less than a 10 minute presentation, the way to keep it unhurried, informal and easy to listen to is to not overprepare. Gulp. This could cut two ways, you understand. Risky business here.

I could come away perceived as a glib easy speaker who communicates without notes in an entertaining yet professional manner. But, on the other hand, I run the risk of completely losing my loose plan to weave together amusing excerpts gleaned from 33 pages of text, morphing pitifully into a stuttering bumpkin reading each bullet, word for word at breakneck speed, with beaded sweat on my brow and my heart in my throat.

So. Who will I be today? Garrison Keillor? Or Mel Tillis? Off I go.

Posted by fred1st at April 24, 2003 05:18 AM | TrackBack

Good luck, buddy. Let us know how it went.

Posted by: ronbailey at April 24, 2003 06:03 AM

The worst is when you are running along smoothly, peppering your talk with jaunty asides, when suddenly you look at something or someone and your mind goes completely blank. And you have to stumble through a sentence or two "must... keep ... going....

This happens to me about 30 minutes after lunch, prime nap time. I don't know why I teach a 1 p.m. class...

Posted by: Bryan at April 24, 2003 07:07 AM

Hope it goes well!

Posted by: sainteros at April 24, 2003 12:24 PM

Good luck! I bet you'll do fine. You've got radio experience, after all, and that's public speaking too.

Posted by: Fran at April 24, 2003 03:25 PM

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