Fish Fish in USA (Pt 7, July 18)
The big day of fish fish, her first oral presentation outside Japan, using not-Japanese.
That morning, I attended some of the seminar I was interested.
Lunch time, I took a stroll in the Food Expo hall, but didn't eat anything. I have a bad habit, when I am nervous, if I eat, will sure cirit-birit one. So, forget about that. I rather be hungry than got stomach upset later on.
1.30pm, the person incharge of my session came to the presentation room. So, I requested to have a check on my powerpoint, just to make sure what I sent through email to them would work ok.
Guess what? I was really glad I did that. Once I opened the slides, OMG!!! All the format ran away. Reinstall also could not be corrected. I had no choice but to use my own notebook (Thank god I decided to take all the trouble to bring my heavy notebook to US).
Unluckily, I only brought my notebook to the conference for practising without bringing my adapter. -_-""" Great!! I would say this was my smart action with a serious stupid mistake. Even though the battery was still full that time, I didn't dare to take the risk.
The whole session started at 2.30pm, it was already 1.40pm. My presentation was at 3.20pm. Without any choice, I rushed back to my hotel by walking. Man~~~ imagine how strong the sun was, and how hot my attire was... with a terrible humidity kept attacking me. Instead of the normal 20 min leisure walking speed, I reached my hotel in 15 minutes time. By then, I was sweating like a just finish a 2 h gym fish.
Gave myself a 5 min of rest. I rushed back to the conference hall again.
I was in time. 2.35pm. *wipe HOT sweat* *Man~ I mush be smelling like a 100% freshly done salty fish that time* -_-"""
Once I went into the hall, no one was doing the presentation. Everyone was looking at me. Hmmm... kind of spooky with that kind of staring, making my goose bumps up.
Then, I realised one of the presentator decided to give up the last minute. So, they actually used his presentation time to help me to set up my presentation. Oh... I guessed I should thank that person who gave up huh~
Anyway, the man incharged quickly took over my adapter, and set everything up for me. The whole session was in time to start in a smooth way.
1st presentator, 2nd presentator... end.
3rd one... -_-" fish fish's turn. I was still yet recovering from the unexpected circumstance I had. In fact, I have even wonder will I be able to survive well with this presentation after all the things happened starting from the day of departure to US... the delayed flights, my broken glasses...
I was nervous in the beginning. For the 1st 2 min, I could heard my own slightly shaky voice, with a paragraph I left out. But somehow after that, I was back to the calm old fish. And soon before I realised, phew... it was over.
Then, the Q&A session, as the previous 2 presentators received no question from the audiences, I wasn't expecting one too. Kind of surprised me one guy came to the front and asked his question. ^_^ Well, I would say I answered the doubt appropriately.
Hohohoh... it was over. OVER!!! Man~ what a starting, but really glad it ended smooth. I believed somehow I am tested in a hard way but somehow blessed.
The whole session, it turned out not only fish fish's slides was the only one that not compatible to the notebook used, but there were another 3 facing the same problem. But as they didn't do an early check on that, there was nothing much they could do, but to continue with the flaws.
I couldn't imagine how was I going to survive with that flaw, cause I didn't wear any glasses at that time. There is no way I will make my presentation into a smooth one without the animation mode. Ha!! You got me, I did my presentation without even able to see my own screen clearly, and not even to mention the audiences down there.
*Lesson learnt :
1. Never give up till the last minute
2. Always have a way to safe the unexpected happenings, even though most unlikely it will happen
Later, there was another guy came up to me...
"Ah, Miss Yong, you did a great presentation. I really love it. In fact, I was wondering if it is ok for me to have a copy of your presentation that you made." Geee... what could I say, I was deeply grateful with his complimentary. I thought I have made my own effort into pieces of broken mirror. His words were such great comforting one for me. Well, I would love to give him a copy of that, but I will have to get the permission from the company that we collaborate with.
It was over. The hectic moment. For the 1st time in US, I had a very splendid evening after that, without having to think anything serious, just for this evening.
Ok, dear readers, I'll bring you to a fun place in the next post. ^_^