It's about 1am and I'm preparing to leave for Paris for the second time in as many months. It seems my whole life is in reruns lately, doomed to repeat patterns of the past.
The flight from Australia to France is a gruelling one but at least I can catch up on some badly needed sleep! That's if I can remember how...
I've been given a tremendous opportunity to present a product integration to over 500 delegates at a conference being held about a block from the Eiffel Tower.
What I love about that is I actually had a hand in building all three of the products being integrated in this solution: two that I worked on in Canada and one that I worked on here in Australia.
My dedicated teammates from Canada and Australia have put in a lot of their personal time working nights and weekends to make this happen.
I'll be representing about nine years of independent product development work from four countries, wrapped together by a few weeks worth of commando style tactical integration work, being shown in a single live working (fingers crossed) demo in front of the top executives in my company and many industry leaders. It needs to impress!
Nothing like adding a little pressure to a presentation.
Lucky for me, this isn't so much a re-run as it is a sequel. This is the same integration I presented at the big product launch for the press last month. The audience will be more technical and have higher expectations, but I'm confident it will show very well.
I've heard it's snowing there. That will be a nice change of pace from the sweltering Brisbane summer heat.
So what does any of this have to do with the photo at the top? I snapped that picture of the man and his dogs on the street the last time I was in Paris in December. If I don't pull this off, that's what I've decided to do next... it doesn't look so bad! I bet he gets more sleep than I do...