I was informed I had to present a major project to my company’s Board of Directors. I know that sounds like an enormous undertaking but I don’t work for a large company so I was a little nervous but not off the charts scared. My manager and I had two weeks to prepare for the meeting.
The team I am on was responsible for a total rebrand of our company. For us, rebranding meant an overhaul of the corporate look/feel, corporate color palette, logo, collateral suite and web site. Not a little task. We were at the point of unveiling our masterpiece. If the board meeting went well, then I would have the opportunity to present the same material to the entire company one week later. No pressure, right?
Preparations were underway. I worked on my presentation day and night for the two weeks leading up to the big meeting. A couple days prior, we completed some practice runs and I was ready. I could give the presentation in my sleep. Then, it happened…
My little guy came down with a cold and a 102 degree temperature. The night before the presentation I was in a state of panic. How was I going to leave my sick little one? How was I going to focus on the presentation? It felt like all my preparation for the meeting flew out the window. With some help from my hubby and a much needed “put it in perspective moment,” we set-up our game plan for the next day.
We both contacted our managers and split up the day. I’m sure neither one was thrilled with our half days but we both had major projects we were juggling and our little guy was priority. I stayed home in the morning and then my hubby took over so I could make my 1:00 pm meeting. I made it to work with enough time to prepare a bit more with my manager. The meeting started and I was up. I nailed the presentation dead on if I do say so myself! It was a win for me and a win for our team. And like clockwork, my little guy’s cold passed about a day or so later.
It’s not always easy to balance between home and the office. I’ve had other juggling acts that didn’t end so nicely. I get stressed a lot when I attempt to handle it all but when I slow down to think through a game plan, there’s usually some way to work it out.
When it feels like there’s no easy answer, I recall the saying, “This too shall pass.” Funny thing is that it usually does.