Once, I was asked to give a talk and people from all over the state came. People from other states came. They had to move us into the chapel because so many people came.
I was scheduled to talk for 50 minutes.
Excepting they told me this on one of my first phone calls ever, and I heard 15 minutes.
So people drove three or four hours for a fifteen minute talk.
I felt terrible.
Tonight, I knew the fireside talk was scheduled for 50 minutes.
I also knew I was asked to squeeze in more of an outline, for BYU to record it.
It was a disaster!
I mean, the content was legit. I worked on it for about five hours a day for the last six weeks. It was wild getting five talks done at once, and figuring out which talk this one would become. I tried hard, though.
But the presentation itself was a hilarious mess.
We had the wrong cords for my laptop, and then my computer restarted itself to update – twice!
I spit my cough drop out halfway through, which was embarrassing even if I did manage to catch it.
Then, for the big finale, I knocked my water over all over the podium and table!
Or, humbling, like so many experiences the last three years, with nothing to do but just keep going.
The talk will be better when it’s divided up into four talks, but I will still post some of it here (tomorrow) to share what I presented and what I learned.
You can spit your own cough drops out at passing strangers, or throw a glass of water on your keyboard, but at least you will have some references to dig about and learn from a little.
So enjoy, to it’s fullest.