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Ensuring that operations go smoothly is critical to presentations success. Attention to detail is key to success in arrangement planning; slipshod attention is disaster waiting to happen. However, in spite of careful attention, snafus will occur. When Murphy makes an appearance to create mischief, the smart presenters are able to shift into Plan B and continue on toward success.

I was part of the preparation team for a major conference with 500 franchisees. The theme was based on the movie Back to the Future. The meeting opened with a dazzling six-projector slide show, with images flashing and the movie theme pounding away. The company president was to appear from the curtains on the side of the stage in a chauffeur-driven Delorean automobile, the same model as used in the movie. The moment came and no car came out. The music kept pounding, and then the Delorean slowly appeared with simulated clouds of smoke behind it. It rolled a short distance in, the chauffeur got out and opened the door and out came the president, to the cheers of the throng. It came off fine. Later we found out the reason for the delay—the Delorean wouldn't start.


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