- My mom helped me get the handouts organized, stapled, etc. I had to plan for 85.
- I was able to find everything I needed in one night, except for rocks (go figure).
- I received a text message from another trainer on my way out of the door telling me she heard I was partner-less and offered to help me co-present if I could please help her with hers.
- On the way I contacted my grad school adviser who lives in the same city as the conference. Got invited to a fabulous dinner at Bravo's and guess what? They (grad adviser & hubby) had rocks!
- On Friday morning, the day of the presentation, I was on my way out the hotel when I received a call that my presentation room had (get this) no tables!!!! But by the time I got to the conference center, my supervisor made it happen and tables were set up. Yay!
- Was told that I only had 15 minutes to set up. When I walked into my presentation room exactly 15 minutes prior to the presentation time, the room was already packed. Every chair was taken, people were sitting on the floors, standing up in the doorways, and sitting on the window seat ledges. The projector didn't work, so the Powerpoint part was pointless, but get this - for once, I wasn't nervous! That was and still is a miracle.
- Afterwards, on my way to the restroom (you know I never got a chance to go before the presentation), a woman said, "I enjoyed your presentation." That made my day because a lot of times when you present like this, you really don't know what people are thinking. Feedback is a good thing. Then I saw a teacher who was in that week-long session from this summer and she said, "I've used everything you gave us!"
p.s. I've got a few more crafty things to share. And, that magazine with the chevron skirt pattern came in right before I left. :-)