I was in the Scouts as a child and firmly upheld the “Be Prepared” motto. My internal clock is set to arrive at everything early, my calendar is filled with checked-off lists, and my bags are always packed with extras. As a consultant and public speaker, traveling with technology is a must, so I have several back up plans in case of unexpected trouble. For several years I have been carrying spare power cords with me for my laptop and iPad. Because every ounce and inch counts in my carry-on, I have occasionally considered leaving the back-up cords behind.
This week, it finally happened. I was in a client meeting and pulled out my laptop to show some work related photos. My battery was very low - I had been using my laptop all day as we traveled from site to site – so I plugged in my power cord. No juice. Not even a glimmer, a jolt, a smidge of extra boost. Then it hit me! I had a spare cord! I pulled it out, plugged it in and was back in business with barely a hiccup.
Deciding what to pack and what to leave behind is not easy. These seven questions can guide even the most seasoned presenter in making decisions.
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