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How to Give a Speech When You are Sick

by | Jan 11, 2012

Even though I was up all last night with food poisoning issues, today I gave a speech to a corporate client.
Lessons learned:
  1. A signed contract is a commitment. Unless you find someone else to replace you – you need to show up and give the speech.
  2. Do not tell your client you are sick unless it’s very obvious. Today I looked far better than I felt. I managed NOT to tell them of my situation. You are there to solve their problems, they are not there to solve yours.
  3. Have a Plan B. As gross as this sounds, I brought an entire extra outfit with me. Thankfully I did not need Plan B.
  4. The show must go on! I soldiered on and focusing on my work was the best medicine.


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