Conference day nerves
My job was to edit a handful of newsletters including Internal Communication Focus, Banking and Financial Training and I occasionally helped out with Business Process Reengineering (BPR). I know, heady stuff!
One year, I was asked to organise the annual Business Process Reengineering conference.
This was the first conference I’d ever organised and I was nervous. The room was full of people who worked in Business Process Reengineering and the event was notable for two reasons. One I’ll share with you today.
The morning had passed in a haze of Powerpoint slides, flagging energy levels lifted by the arrival of tea, coffee and biscuits at regular intervals.
I was nervous not least because one of the presenters hadn’t submitted his slides ahead of the conference. He had a ‘fixer’ that I liaised with who kept updating me on his client’s requirements and telling me not to worry about the slides.
This was unchartered territory. I mean, it was the early 90s, PowerPoint reigned supreme and he was about to present to a room full of serious, grown-up business men and women. Without Slides. Or graphs. I was worried.