We attended HSE 3.0 20-21 September at The Crown Plaza Schipho Nederlands.
Both Mavis & I were Speakers. What a fantastic few days.
I felt uneasy about talking. There were over 200 Top business men and woman from all over Europe attending. The first day we listened to some high tech talks. I thought they don’t really want to hear my presentation.
So after a restless night with hardly any sleep the second day dawned. Time to check in with the Chairman that we were ready. it was 08.15 I was to be the first speaker of the day.
The first scare was my memory stick with both our presentations on would not load. Panic welling up. Don’t worry I said I have a back up. Oh you are good they said. Short lived my back up would not load either. Oh dear now what they said. I said last chance I have a back up of my back up. If this don’t work cancel me presentation. I could see mavis`s face she was frantic. But wow it loaded. But my nerves were shot to bits. Next it was a meet n greet 20 mins as the room filled up.
The introduction I got from the Chairman was amazing. So I began my presentation with “ Good morning! After all the excellent speakers yesterday you may find mine today is a bit different“
So after a jerky start with the clicker I quickly settled into it. a couple of hic cups with the slides and I was in full flow I ad lib`d a few times. But when I finished I got a fantastic round of applause.
Next another fantastic intro from the chairman for Mavis. She also had problems with the clicker and the rushed to help her. Soon she was in full stride. They loved it.
But what happened next was a surprise. he asked me to join Mavis they provided 2 chairs and the chairman called for any questions. Mavis got a few and I chipped in, But when no more questions the chairman said can we have a round of applause for these two remarkable people. What did the do they gave us a Standing ovation the clapping was overwhelming. It brought a lump to my throat. And as I walked back to my seat. A lady gave me a tissue she said wipe your eyes I was actually crying with emotion. I said thank you ,but you need one as well. When we broke later for coffee the chairman said I bet you don’t know how manny of the girls have cried with you today. He said several of them were overcome and couldn’t help a few tears.
And throughout the rest of the day we were bombarded with lovely comments. They thanked us and said its what their role is all about trying to protect people like us.
What a fantastic few days. We will not forget in a long time.
A big Thankyou to Keith and all the Team who put this venue together.