Is there anything else you need???

In preparing for my speech next week, the person asked how I would like the stage to be set up.   This should straight forward, right?  So I wrote the following:

I would like a laptop on the table with plugs for the sound system.

What am I talking about? 10 years after my stroke, I STILL have trouble with this.  So I asked Jill to help me.  Effortlessly, she said:

I need a podium to stand at so I can read my speech from my iPad.  A lapel microphone is important so I can move around a little.  Nearby, I will need a table that can hold my laptop. With that, I can see what is on the screen behind me and advance the slides.  Also, my laptop needs to plug into the projector and the sound system.

Holy cow…my sentence did NOT give what I needed…even though I have given this speech over 500 times!   You would think I would know that and have a work around?

When I go over my set up with the client, I have a checklist of what I need.  But this time someone different ASKING me what I need again…. it is very tough to say without going through my checklist.  So, I tried to say it…with funny results.   Now, I have it ….just in case anyone asks!