The other night I took the stage for a very important Awards Ceremony after being introduced as if I were the greatest performer in the world.
Plugged in my iPhone which runs my 40+ music cues before my hour long Show.
I introduced the first song and….nothing.
My phone was frozen.
I laughed nervously and fidgeted with it.
And then I tried to shut it off to reboot.
Wouldn’t slide touch off.
Oh. My. Gosh.
The pit in my stomach was beyond anything I’ve felt in a while.
AV Team began scrambling, ran up and checked all the connections.
I told them it was the phone and handed it to them to try and troubleshoot as I said to audience, “Well, this is a great way to start a show, whatdya say?”
So I launched into my speaking message The Promise.
Audience is laughing good and loud. Show will go on…without music I guess.
15 minutes later AV guy runs up, hands me the phone, somehow it’s working – I ditch the speech material and blast into the show music.
All is well that ends well.
This was the first time I’ve taken the stage without a backup iPod in my pocket. Not sure why I forgot it this night.
This was the first time I’ve worked with this AV Team, and they knew I was scrambling and helped a stranger on stage not die up there.
The client paid for a great show and got it, but not without the dudes behind the scenes making the music player finally start to work.
Here’s to the (generally unrecognized) AV Teams that work tirelessly to care for everyone on stage, where seconds feel like hours when things aren’t clicking, bits aren’t sticking, and electronics aren’t responding.
Tonight they went from AV Team to my Promise Kept Work Family.
These guys were stunned as I handed each of them a crisp $100 bill TIP as a Thank You for being my Emergency Triage TEAM for a night.
Talk about doing your job and going above and beyond, these men were going to battle with me and I’m so grateful for their grace under pressure.
What Promise have you kept to The Family in your work lately?
~ jason hewlett
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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