How many of us have gone through experiences where we made ourselves look like clowns in front of our clients? I always considered myself to be an expert presenter.But overconfidence kills everyone. It happened to me too. I was in Mumbai last october for a product presentation for one of the leading air carriers of our nation.

The presentation started as usual. Considering my expertise in this domain and the numerous presentations that I have done, I was at my awesome best on that day. The presentation lasted for three hours. It had the usual humour and the business-technical details embedded in it. I was really glad that I had done a perfect job. Just when it seemed like a cake-walk in the green-park for me,thunder and lightening came in the form of a simple question from a gorgeous blonde lady. The question appeared to me like a juicy full toss. But little did I know that it was a beemer aimed at my Adam's apple.

I answered her question with ease and gave her a professional smile and when she gave a dirty stare,I realised my folly. Instead of saying " The ETL tool is packed with the DW and the additional interface support can be customised according to the circumstance", I ended up saying " The ETL tool is packed with the DW and the additional interface support can be circumsized according to the custom"

-Chronicwriter