For the past few years, my employer has sent me to the fall Canadian cardiac conference held in Montreal, Vancouver, Quebec City, and this year, Toronto. It's been a blast to travel, sightsee, relax, sit back and smugly watch others
panic speak about their Programs at the annual User's Meeting.
Several months ago though, I was called by the conference organizers asking if I would be a Presenter this year. I admit the temptation of gratuitous Speaker's Perks* and a free deluxe hotel suite clouded my otherwise better judgement.
* Dammit, I can't seem to recall what exactly those other perks ARE anymore...
Of course, my
They must have dialed wrong or run out of more interesting and intelligent people than I; those who were smart enough to have already turned them down. You know. The ones who will be sitting smugly in the audience, smirking whilst I am up there in the spotlight
Seconds after I hung up the phone, I came to my senses and wondered what the hell I gotten myself into. However, that was way back in the Spring, so procrastination set in and I did my best Scarlett O'Hara:
But here it is October, and because the Gods of Fate HAVEN'T cancelled the meeting like I prayed they would (stupid G.O.F.) I have to start preparing.
You'd think those preparations would involve actually writing my presentation.
And you'd be wrong.
Priorities people! I mean, how hard can it be to stand up there and ramble on about my job?
First, I spent days designing my slide template.
Next, find something to wear that will match said template.
On the weekend I got a fab scarf that coordinates with the background of my slides I can wear with my blazer, shirt and dress pants. Yup, it'll impress alright.
I still am struggling to figure out exactly what I'll say, but at least I'll look good.
Oh, and my 45 minute talk?
Well, I still have 19 days left so there is plenty of time to figure THAT little detail out...
"After all, tomorrow is another day!"
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