Seems obvious, doesn’t it?
This evening, I was having dinner out when the hostess informed me about a presentation that would begin in a half-hour. There had been publicity, but the restaurant remained open for other diners as well.
I remained seated at my original table, which happened to be directly next to the presenter’s location. The presenter began showing slides of his photography. I was doing something else, but looked over at the screen from time to time. Being so close, I listened to the narrative as well.
Those who attended seemed to know the photographer, for the most part. Others knew of him, as he has lived here for years. Although I have lived here for 15 years, I had not met him.
Given that there were “outside” people in the restaurant while he was presenting, one thing about his talk, especially, surprised me. He never said his name until the end! There was no name indicated on the slides, nor did he introduce himself when he welcomed people at the beginning of his talk.
He was, of course, concerned about the best location for the screen, computer, projector, and microphone. There was the amplification to consider. In addition, he had enlargements of some of his work displayed around the room. So there was ample opportunity for distraction on his part. However, as a free-lancer, I was reminded of the importance of getting to the reason behind the presentation.