And The Beat Goes On

So, the big meeting with Vectorform was an experience, to say the least.

I spent a week creating my presentation, practicing and timing it, and getting gestures and non-disclosure agreements in order. I scheduled an hour-long “lunch-n-learn” session with a few of my former colleagues. I mostly did this for the experience and the pressure that comes with showing what I’ve been so passionate about to a bunch of people that I have little comfort level with. I think the last presentation I did was for my Business Communications course at Oakland University or Macomb Community College. Saying I was nervous would be an understatement.

I arrived as prepared as possible, and began setting up my workstation. I brought my display port cable, power adapter, backups of my presentation on USB drives, slide printouts. I opted to use their WiFi so I could connect to their Apple TV. In the basement, my phone didn’t work, so I couldn’t set up a personal hotspot and using their WiFi (which isn’t that great in the basement) was my only option. In the future, I will connect my laptop to the display via hard cable (which I had brought with me), because Apple TV over AirPlay did not work well with the slide transitions and animations, which were all very simple animations.

I was set up and ready to go at precisely 12:00pm, but only a third of the accepted participants were present at the time. So, I waited 5 minutes and then asked, “is there anyone else coming, do you know?” Well, the president of the organization was going to attend, so I decided to wait. After a couple more minutes, 12:08pm, they arrived with another participant or two and that’s when my already nervous knees went into overdrive.

He calmly explained how the company had another, more important meeting with Google, Inc., at 12:30pm, the midpoint of my scheduled event. I very much understood their needs, but was shown just how important it is to be prepared. I practiced a 30-minute slideshow and a 30-minute live product demo and now I had to somehow present all of that information in a condensed window of time…about 20 minutes max.  My goal was to sell the idea and concept to those in attendance and establish a relationship with key individuals that can provide guidance and tutelage in their areas of expertise.

All kinds of stuff went through my head, but I just took a deep breath and quietly said to myself, “Just do it.” Then I began plowing through my presentation. The shortened timeframe meant hitting on the most important points while still trying to show my passion for the project and get the most information out there to the recipients. By the time I reached my final slide, I don’t even what had just happened.

I remember making eye contact with each person throughout and seeing intense focus, smiles and nods, and even received some immediate feedback with a short Q&A right before everyone had to get back to their regular jobs. It felt really good to do that, even though it didn’t go as I envisioned it would.

Since then, I’ve been trying to get as much functionality completed as possible so I can set up a domain that everyone can access and start playing with. I even built a bug tracking tool using Feedback.js so they’ll be able to easily report bugs with screenshots and end-user metadata.