Sunday, February 2, 2014

Spit and Polish

In need of a polish
The furniture in my home is in need of a good polish.

I can't say the same for my presentations for the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, they are being polished to within an inch of their lives. I just can't seem to say "that will do". One of my sons asked me today, when I said that I had to get home to finish off my presentations, "How many do you have to finish?".

My reply was that they are all finished but that I am still working on them.

As I need to pack my bags and do some work around the house I have decided to save and back up all except the presentation that is scheduled for the first morning of the cruise. I will go through "Beaut Blogs: what makes a blog stand out from the crowd?" just one more time and then I'll call it a day.


Louis Kessler said...


I agree every presentation, new or old, must be updated, tweaked and customized for the particular audience you will be addressing.

I try to settle on it no less than 1 week in advance and avoid last minute changes (you already shouldn't have any typos left by that time).

For my RootsTech presentation on Wednesday, I just updated a table with some 2013 data that just became available. Then I realized I had to update my Sky Drive copy, my USB copy and the copy on my phone. I'm always caught wondering if I totalled my columns correctly, or if I made a typo because I haven't reviewed it 15 times like everything else.

I expect it will be at the presentation when people start laughing when that slide comes up because I inserted it upside down.


Unknown said...

Most of my time is spent editing my presentations to make them shorter and punchier. Most presentations I see go considerably over time because people have not spent the time to make them shorter.

When editing a presentation I always think of the well-known quote from Blaise Pascal, in which he apologised for writing a long letter : "I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time".

Marg said...

Geoff and I are still working on our presentations for the cruise but we have packed, well maybe that is still "in progress".

See you on the cruise

GeniAus said...

Thanks for the comments. So nice to hear wise words from a member of the younger generation. Cameron the editing ad nauseum syndrome must be in our genes.


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