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How Would You Feel?Views: 226
Oct 24, 2007 8:17 pm How Would You Feel?

Mitch Mitchell
I just got back from speaking at a national conference, as one of the keynote presenters.

When the company that booked me had initially contacted me, they gave me this big number of people who usually come to their conferences, and I was juiced. I was to do 2 1/2 hours, so I created the program, then spent a week and a half practicing it so that it could come in around 2 hours and 15 minutes, with time left for conversation.

Once there, things weren't quite what they'd told me they would be. When it was time for my presentation, there were only 14 people who showed up. I was somewhat crushed, and, as it turned out, they attendance at this conference was drastically reduced, per the organizers, but what is a person to do?

I gave myself 5 minutes to be disappointed, then determined I was going to get in there and give them the best I could give them. And that's what I did, even though the organizers made a drastic mistake and served food while I was in the middle of my presentation, which meant that, for a short while, I was speaking just to hear myself speak. Still, I plowed through, and my presentation ended in exactly 2 1/2 hours.

The organizers told me that the critiques coming in to them were pretty good; hey, we do what we do. Still, I consider myself a professional presenter, and, even though I was disappointed in the numbers, knew that if I didn't go in there and give my best, the notoriety would be much worse.

Still, it begs the question: how would you have reacted, or wanted to react? Oh yeah; I wasn't getting paid for this one either, as I figured the publicity might kick start my business dramatically. Not happening, unfortunately. But I did what I had to do.

Mitch Mitchell
T. T. Mitchell Consulting, Inc.
Changing Attitudes and Perceptions for Unlimited Growth

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