Dec 9, 2007

93. When client presentations go wrong

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

14 comments:

  1. hahaha.. i am sure the blonde would have been asked for your room number after the presentation :P.

    and if i am not wrong circumcising is also a way of customising.. isn't it??

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  2. Ohhhh my goddddd! Of alll words, you got only that word,to get mixed up?!

    Purpleheart, were u serious askin that questn? OR are u 'innocent' like chriz? hehe!

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  3. @santosh

    room number? what for?
    circumsising is a spritualistic way of attaining eternity according to various sects.. for the gentiles, it is ofcourse a way of customising

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  4. @sandy

    hope google will help you.. the innocence in you will bloom

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  5. @usha..
    innocent minds get various words to express.. you too use any variations?

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  6. Aha! I read the 'New & Improved' version of this post.. and I pronounce my diagnosis — you just had an attack of spoonerism! (Don't worry it's not fatal ;>)

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  7. ha ha.......... oh my how did she n everybody else react .......

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  8. It happens wid everyone i guess. Nice to tat someone did face what i did :) I think it happens when we are too consious! or just like jollyroger said.. do u get turned on by blondes?

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  9. @usha

    haha.. i recollected the actual line very late.

    @anusha

    she gave a dirty look at first and then she understood my situation. My boss was all praises for me as usual.(Boss! are you reading this>?)

    @neha

    situational responses.. roger! do not corrupt neha's innocent mind..

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  10. haha....

    woe to the progeny of ur tool [:P] lol

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  11. haha....

    woe to the progeny of ur tool [:P] lol

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