Murphy's Law states: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." This is especially true and especially painful when there is an audience involved.

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Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership Blog — Fighting Fire with Planning

I’m not familiar with the specific procedures in Hartsville, but I’ve critiqued enough of these things over the years to be sure that everything I just described to you was planned in advance. No one was standing around on the fire ground muttering, “I wonder who we should call.”

The plan wasn’t drawn up on the spot, it was put in place a while ago and the kinks were probably worked out with training exercises. That’s how it works in public safety and how it can work for you.

Thought Catalog — Watch Multiple Awkward News Fails on Aussie Morning Show Segment [Video]

Perhaps none of them had their coffee that morning? Watch the awkwardness reach a crescendo then spiral out of control into talk of “long, stabby things” and “whacking [someone] off from a distance.”

Phil Factor’s Phrenetic Phoughts — The Presentation Isn’t Over Until It’s Over

I would present them with a dazzling synthesis of diagrams, graphs, followed by  a live demonstration of my software projected from my laptop.  My preparation had been meticulous: It had to be: A year’s hard work was at stake, so I’d prepared it to perfection.  I stood up and took them all in, with a gaze of sublime confidence.

Then the laptop expired.

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My desperation gave me a manic energy. If you’ve ever demonstrated a windows application entirely by mime, gesture and florid description, you’ll understand the scale of the challenge, but then I had nothing to lose.

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