Amazing!

That was Jill.  Truly amazing!  I hate to gush…but I will.  It is Sunday night.  Your probably preparing for your Monday as you read this.

I head this speech a lot…but this time it was different. As she addressed the group, I could “FEEL” each slide.  Does that make sense?  Her presentation was spot on.  Her annunciation….her pauses…. her timing….her jokes….were perfect. I can’t praise Jill enough.

Jill’s presentation is about MY recovery…from HER perspective…not MY perspective.  In her speech, she covers:

 

  • How bad I really was
  • Risk of raising our 2 children
  • Long, long road of recovery
  • My crazy path of recovery and all the different stages
  • Changes she faced
  • What she learned as a result of the experience
  • How she is different now

Jill completes her talk with:

I am ok with my weakness! I am a better person for it.  I am wiser and more compassionate.  I try to live with gratitude and a cheerful heart.  Reaching this place of peace in my life has been a Painful Blessing, but a blessing all the same.

 

Where is that list again?

It is so simple…a fifth grader can do it.  So why do I have such a hard time remembering
what to bring to my presentations..even after 2 years of doing it?  Jill created her famous CheckList.  She has a list for everything: shopping, travel, Costco, Target, Christmas,Things To Do, etc.  EVERYTHING.

At first, I said “Don’t be silly.  I don’t need a CheckList.”  But, she still prepared one for me “just in case.”  And I am glad she did.  I only had 5 things to remember…and I forgot the slide show!  How could I do that?  I was proud that I remembered the Speaker Introduction, my water, the speakers, and iPad….but I forgot the slide show.  Fortunately, we didn’t leave and Jill quickly handed me her CheckList, which you will see below.  Now, every time, I go over the CheckList.   Each time (and I have given over 100 presentations) I say “thank you so much for doing this for me.”  Jill is a star!  She just smiles.

TASKS

-Take Picture

-Projector?

-A table (close by): I use my laptop so I can see the slides being projected

-I have a few video clips that must have sound; (I will need to make sure that the sound from the video goes thru the sound system)

-Cordless lapel mic

-20 Minute Presentation

-30 Minute SALES Presentation

-40 Minute Keynote

-Painful Blessing

-Q & A -Jill Viggiano

-Emailed CORRECT version to iPad

-RECEIVED Correct Version

-MacAir

-iPad

-Podium

-Small speakers

-Speaker Introduction/Summary

-Pen

-Business Cards

-iPhone

-Water

-Everyone need Bookmarks

-Clip board with emails

-Count Attendees

-Count Inquires

-Books Delivered

-Books Sold

-Avg price per book

-Survey

-Ask for Refs

What was I going to write about again?

Did you ever get that feeling?

I finished my last blog and was really excited to get to my next blog; the idea was VERY clear and I couldn’t wait to write it.   Since it was SO clear, I decided I didn’t need to write it down.  How could I forget something so fantastic as that?

Well…. I forgot it!  I have no idea what I was going to write about.  Maybe it was a continuation of my “no presentation” talk.  Or, maybe it was the details of putting my speech on the USB?

BUT I got something out my frustration.  I will write down my ideas on the NEXT blog; I just won’t publish them until I am ready.  See, I got something positive out of it!

Time For Jill To Speak!

Jill had a busy week!

We showed up at AM Northwest, and completed the interview. Then we went to our first Painful Blessing presentation:IMG_0330 Courtyard at Mt. Tabor.  The group was fantastic and they gave us lots of tips. Jill listened to many all of them.

The second one was two days later at Durham & Bates. I was a little nervous and I don’t know why!  I arrived early so I could hook up the system.  The projector was mounted on the ceiling and I found the remote to turn it on. I felt good at that point (a mistake) and just had to the right input. I couldn’t do it.  Their IT person showed up and HE couldn’t do it either!  He asked me if I had it on a USB drive so he can put it in his computer.   I didn’t. We were running on MAC and I didn’t think it was necessary.  Jill was going to have to give her presentation… without any slides. Can she do this?   It’s only her second time. Won’t that mess her up?

When I deliver my speech, I can’t do it without having my presentation!  My presentation has still photos and video clips thoughout which tie the whole thing together.  Plus, I get thirsty; I have time to drink during the presentation while the video played.  How can I help her with this terrible situation?

She didn’t need any help. Effortlessly, she delivered her speech, with NO presentation… flawlessly.  She was absolutely amazing!

And yes, when I got home I put Jill’s presentation on a USB so we will be prepared next time.

You um…. eh;;;; It is… um

how to do_126753842How do you put a presentation into Keynote?  This was PERFECT for me to help another person.  I have done it many times with my wife.  Now I have  the chance of helping someone else.

We were in a Birrdsong meeting and I was asked to help this person with his presentation. I said “Sure” and said I would talk to him after the meeting.

After the meeting. I asked about his project.  He said he had the entire presentation already written.  This was huge!  All that was left was picking out the images.  So I started to explain,  “????????”  I couldn’t get my words out.  I knew exactly what to say, but couldn’t say it!  I kept trying, but could’t seem to get the right words out in any order.  I took a couple of more tries and I said “put the words in BLUE ink that you want to show an image.”  I THINK that made sense.  We will see what he comes up with.

My wife wasn’t there, or she would have laughed.  Sometimes you have to find joy in everything.  Jill does that really well and I admire that trait.

You um…. eh;;;; It is… um

How do you put a presentation into Keynote?  This was PERFECT for me to help another person.  I have done it many times with my wife.  Now I have  the chance of helping someone else.

We were in a Birrdsong meeting and I was asked to help this person with his presentation. I said “Sure” and said I would talk to him after the meeting.

After the meeting. I asked about his project.  He said he had the entire presentation already written.  This was huge!  All that was left was picking out the images.  So I started to explain,  “????????”  I couldn’t get my words out.  I knew exactly what to say, but couldn’t say it!  I kept trying, but could’t seem to get the right words out in any order.  I took a couple of more tries and I said “put the words in BLUE ink that you want to show an image.”  I THINK that made sense.  We will see what he comes up with.

My wife wasn’t there, or she would have laughed.  Sometimes you have to find joy in everything.  Jill does that really well and I admire that trait.