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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The A-Team Always has a Plan B

Chewing on the end of a Churchill cigar, Colonel  Hannibal Smith grins and says, "I love it when a plan comes together."

What made The A-Team work was the planning. What makes your presentations work is the planning. It's supremely satisfying to sit back, after a successful presentation, and love that your plan has come together.

But what if it doesn't?

What happens when your plans fail? What if the power goes out? What if things are running long and you need to cut your presentation in half? What will you do? What's you plan B?

For all the times you get to sit back, satisfied, there will be times when you have to scamper around and figure out how to adjust to a new situation. Rehearse your presentation so well that you don't need notes. Design your slides so that you can still present without them. Create a flexible presentation that can be trimmed on the fly.

It's better to have a good plan B and not need it than to need it and not have it.

What disasters have struck your presentations?

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