Just got off a Red-eye flight this morning in Toronto after spending a week in San Francisco to attend the Wearable Technologies conference. What an awesome experience! The Conference was great, there were so many great networking opportunities, and I met some cool people. This was by far the largest audience I have ever presented to, and I feel like it could not have gone better; though there were some hiccups along the way…
We arrived on Friday 4th of July and I must say the fireworks were amazing. As the weekend went on I started to not feel so great. By Monday my entire body was aching but I didn’t really show any usual symptoms of a cold or flu, but I was feeling pretty miserable. I wanted to do a rehearsal before my stage time so I managed to must up some energy and head to the show on Monday night. Let me tell you, being sick, having to walk around San Fran, and being very stressed about a presentation isn’t the greatest feeling. After so much time spent working on this presentation and the effort to get there, there was no way I was going to be missing out on my slot no matter how sick I was; the show must go on! The rehearsal didn’t go great, I was feeling like I could pass out at any moment. This didn’t help out my stress levels. I also forgot to mention, I brought two rings down. One of the rings has the good component selection and works really well. The other ring is for testing different stuff. It works, just way less efficient and does not blink nearly as often. Well the night before the conference the good ring LED decided to stop working. Great, Oh well, not much else could happen at this point.
The day of the presentation I was feeling equally as bad if not worse. I slept in a bit just to gain a bit of energy before I had to go on stage. I did some walking around the conference beforehand and talked to some of the company booths. Finally it was my time to go on stage. The second I stepped on stage I felt better, no stress, my sickness subsided; my adrenalin must have really kicked in. The presentation went 100 times better than the rehearsal and I just felt really good about it. I think the ring only blinked once or twice while I was on stage, which is why I included the video. At least it blinked when I was talking to people on the floor. I was able to ride off the adrenalin for most of the show, and for my interview with Business Punk.
So there you have it, great conference, pretty great trip with a side of sickness and problems. I made the best of the vacation. Thankfully I have been to San Fran a few times before so I will no associate it with feeling terrible!