What a week, and I guess that technically I still have 20% of the work week to complete. I don’t know if the hectic week is due to the time change, or because February was such a bust with all the delayed openings, early closings, and just missed workdays that we’re still playing catch-up in the middle of March. Whatever the reason, I’ve been hitting (and sometimes missing) on all cylinders this week.
It would be fine if I just had time to catch up without receiving any new emails, phone calls, meeting requests, or new problems. That’s not the way it works, I guess. Alas, I have to just keep moving.
I usually don’t talk about my work in this space. I think it’s probably not good form, but I messed up a presentation this week so bad this week that I have to believe there’s a teaching moment in there somewhere.
My presentation topic was not inspiring. It was not earth shattering. Neither the presentation or the topic would ever be considered for a TEDx event. I was demonstrating a process with which I, myself, question why we have to jump through all of these hoops. As a result, I was not convincing and I was not authentic and my presentation did not go well.
In truth, the best audience reception to the presentation was going to be “blah.” I can’t blame it all on the topic, though. Looking back, the mistakes that I made were:
- I didn’t know until our group was walking to the presentation location who would even be seeing the presentation. (I didn’t know my audience.)
- I chose – on a whim at the presentation – the wrong example to demonstrate the process. It showed the process at its worst, and the example itself didn’t resonate with audience.
So, what’s the lesson? I’m afraid it’s nothing new, but a reminder of what we’ve all heard a gazillion times:
- Know your audience. Having demonstrated a process hundreds of times is no excuse for ignoring the ‘who’ that will be seeing the presentation for the first time.
- KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. “Do this, click here, scroll down, click ONCE, don’t click that, here is you lookup, if you can’t find it just select the one that most closely describes what you mean, fill in this blank, and that’s all, click save” is not employing the KISS principle.
So, there you have it. I messed up this week, so you’re not alone. I feel better just acknowledging the screwup, rookie as it may have been. Acknowledge it, learn from it, and just keep moving.
It’s 5:45. Time absolutely flies when I’m writing this post each Friday morning. No time to even find a picture for the post this morning. Thanks for coming by, and have a great weekend.