I believe that the title of this post is the last line in The Cat in the Hat, the Dr. Seuss book, one of my favorites. That’s just an aside.
This morning (which would be yesterday morning by the time you read this) I gave a 90-minute presentation on plan-as-you-go business planning for a room full of business people here in Eugene (OR), where I live.
No big deal, I’ve just finished the book on it (due out in August), I know the stuff very well, I enjoy doing that presentation. And no traveling, because it was right here where I live. I got to my office early, did email, drank my coffee, put some fine touches on the presentation (in PowerPoint, on a thumb drive) and took off for the place at 10 after 8. Looking forward to doing the presentation. I like the topic, and I like the slides.
As I was being introduced, I stuck my thumb drive into the computer connected to the projector. No dice. Nothing.
Which brings me to the title of my post: what would you do, if it happened to you?
I thought I’d learned my lesson in this context, back in the 1980s, when I went all the way to Caracas Venezuela for a presentation to an audience of about 3,000 people. The distributor was to provide the projector. For three days I asked to test it, and was assured it was working, no need. But please, let’s just test it. Back then a projector weighed like 300 pounds, it took a pickup truck or something like it to cart it around. No need. And on the day, sorry, doesn’t work.
By the way, there was no Internet connection available to me today.