The week of March 25th – 31st was one of highs and lows for me.
Monday through Thursday I was in Las Vegas to speak at VSLive. The conference was a blast. Awesome speakers, interesting content, and fun events. Not to mentioning the networking with my peers. My talk on Thursday went very well and I received great reviews. Oh yeah, and I was upgraded to First Class on both legs. Life was good!
I left Las Vegas immediately after my talk and was back at work on Friday morning…uneventful day.
Saturday I got up bright and early and headed to Milwaukee for Deeper In .NET. I have attended Deeper In .NET many times and it is always a great event. This year was lucky enough to be chosen as one of five speakers for the day long event. The event went very well until 20 minutes into the last presentation of the day…mine.
The Bad and The Ugly
I was doing my Reach The Mobile Masses With ASP.NET MVC 4 and jQuery Mobile, the same presentation I did 2 days earlier in Las Vegas and using the same machine. The trouble started with VS11 Beta creating half of a solution when I went to create a new MVC 4 project with the mobile application template. I was able to skip over that issue with out too much trouble. Shortly there after the machine started acting wonky and I was starting to get that feeling in the pit of my stomach, you know the one, and it happened…BSOD! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
After the initial feeling of dread it was time to boot back up and quickly get back into it it…until I realized the machine was not powering back on. And my heart sank! Here I am in front of over 300 of my peers with a neon #FailWhale sign pointing directly at me.
In an attempt to salvage things I started taking questions of the audience and for about 10 minutes that was going well…until the microphone died. Seriously! it was just not meant to be. The event organizers finally threw in the towel on me and declared it a KO, and swag time.
- As that was my first huge fail in public speaking I learned that I handle myself fairly well under pressure (I think)
- At first I had the urge to pack up after the BSOD, but then realized that these people came to learn and the least I could do is do my best to answer their questions.
- People are nicer and more respectful than I give them credit for.
- Multiple people asked if I wanted to use their machine once mine puked.
- At least 10 people came up to me afterwards and offered their condolences.
- Not one negative tweet came across the events Twitter hash tag.
- No one threw tomatoes or empty bottles.
- Always have presentation materials available on an external device of some sort in case of emergency machine swap.
- Don’t trust beta software for coding heaving presentations. (I was using VS11 beta and MVC4 Beta)
- My deodorant works as advertised.
- In the end all you can do is “Smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.”