A&O's Conclave 2008 session (click for our handout) was a full house on Friday morning, right between Jerry Delcolliano on radio's high tech/younger demo future and NAB President and CEO David Rehr's rousing pro-radio pep talk.
Just between us: O'Malley is the laid-back, easy-going, people person. I, on the other hand, am the obsessive compulsive who wants to get the equipment all set up 90 minutes before our session just to be sure everything works.
Imagine my panic, then, when I walked into Jerry's terrific presentation on what he has learned about radio usage from his students at USC and watched him make a big show about removing all of the technology in the room, where we were to speak immediately after him. I suppose his point, as he ordered the AV folks to get rid of the presentation graphics projector, screen, and even all the playback equipment and microphones in the room, was to showcase the importance of high touch in a high tech world.
(Gulp! ...maybe there was also a lesson in there for me?) ... which served to place me in an immediate state of panic, since our presentation was nothing BUT carefully produced and edited tech, with audio and video. Without those fancy gizmos in the room it was going to be a very long hour for "A," if not "O."
Fortunately, Delcolliano finished about 15 minutes before our session and the Minneapolis Marriott AV dude was a miracle worker, got everything working with seconds to spare (as I was sweating blood for all to see!).
Note to self: relax more in advance of your public presentations. Everything works out just fine in the end.
Note to Conclave and Marriott AV staff: thanks for putting up with my panic attack.
Note to Jerry: please read a little Marc Prensky before your next class ( .. not to mention before you precede US in the same room again).
You'll be a more compelling, Gen Y-engaging college prof ... and I'll be right at home at the podium, surrounded by the comfort of my wireless mics, FM/infrared mouse remote controls, presentation graphics, sights, effects and sounds.
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