The Presentation

Annie69 By Annie69, 4th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Humour>Funny Stories

One should ALWAYS know the audience before making a presentation. See what happens when that vital step is missed.

The Invitation

I live in a Missouri town about thirty minutes east of the Kansas border and write a Civil War column for the local newspaper. Over the years I've built up quite a reputation as an expert and am asked frequently to speak to one group or another on the subject.

A friend recently found herself in charge of a fundraiser and asked me to do the honors.

"Could you do about twenty minutes on the Civil War in Missouri?" she said. "It will be at the winery and there will be wine afterwards."

"Sure, why not?"

The Presentation

Prepared to talk about the Border Wars between Missouri and Kansas, I arrived fifteen minutes early on the appointed evening. A large crowd was already seated and two long tables were covered with white linens, crystal wine glasses, and bottles of wine. In the center of the table was a large crystal bowl filled with grapes.

I was introduced and spent the next twenty minutes talking about Red Legs, Jay Hawkers, and guerrilla warfare. My presentation went off without a hitch, or so I thought.

The Aftermath

Unbeknownst to me, many members of the audience were from Kansas. The war might have ended years ago, but time had done little to erase the memories.

I heard a glass shatter and the next thing I knew grapes were flying like bullets. Luckily, the police station was just around the corner. Several officers arrived quickly and it was over in less than fifteen minutes.

The manager locked the front door, poured three glasses of wine and walked over to me and my friend.

"Well, that was entertaining," she smiled, handing each of us a glass.

"So, Carol," my friend said, learning back and sipping her wine, "what do you have planned for your next presentation?"

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Civil War, Public Speaking, Wine

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author avatar Annie69
History column appears weekly in local newspaper. Also news, human interest, and pictures. My fiction and poems have appeared in literary anthologies and I've written 3 novels

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author avatar vickylass
5th Jul 2014 (#)

It's good to know this. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Annie69
5th Jul 2014 (#)

Glad you liked it. I always try for a real possibility in my fiction.

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author avatar Retired
5th Jul 2014 (#)

May I ask,Is it possible to know your audience before making a presentation?

Thanks for the info.

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author avatar Annie69
5th Jul 2014 (#)

A speaker can never completely know the audience. I enjoyed "what-if-ing" a real presentation I gave several years ago.

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author avatar WOGIAM
5th Jul 2014 (#)

I had to smile at your story, there was no way you would have known where most of the audience would be from so it is one of those things. Glad you were all okay.

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author avatar Annie69
5th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm a "what if-er?" I was invited by a friend to give such a speech. What really happened wasn't nearly as exciting. Glad you enjoyed it.

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