Thursday, September 29, 2005

Something worth writing down

It’s been quite some time I didn’t update my blog. However, today there are 3 things I would like to write it down.

First, in the morning, I was told by my manager that I would need to provide a presentation to a group of staff regarding about my job function (QA for ERP software) in the evening, after he has done his presentation. So, I asked him what I should present. I’m a technical guy and the audiences are more functional part of the software. He told me that just present the functional part of my job. I did ask him whether I can join his presentation and what he told me was, there is no such need for me to attain. Since it was sounds easy as he mention, I didn’t do any preparation for the presentation. Then, evening came and after he has done his presentation, he came and informed me to do my part of the presentation. When I arrived to that meeting room, I was a bit shocked after seeing so many people there. Even though I was told to show my job function, but I didn’t bring my PC there where all my tools were stored in it. This is because I thought it was so easy that it can be done on my manager lap top. Anyway, I calmed myself down; downloaded the appropriate tool to the laptop; do a little bit of testing on the tool and then start the presentation. I asked a technical question that I shouldn’t ask, and they all look at me with the blurred look on their face (This is why I asked my manager whether I should attain his presentation to know how much they have learned, so I can continue from there). Without any hesitation, I start my functional tool presentation which I used in my job function. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. (Of course it didn’t work, because there wasn’t any rehearsal done in the first place). Error message box was prompt out and the whole group laughed. Luckily my manager cut in just in time and said the tool actually performing validation check (which is true). Then I carry on the second tool and explain the functionality and the objective of the tool. However, this tool wasn’t run as well because there is a security locked on it, not allowing me to run it. Presentation still went on with just explanation and no actual function was done (And they all do believe me that the tool actually works!). It took me by surprise when I show the data comparison part of the tool, where it shows some invalid data was found on previous test, and the whole group was very paying attention to it. In the end, after the question and answer section, and everybody are leaving, I was told by one of my colleague that I didn’t mention my name in the presentation (So, my presentation was a failure in the first place. hahahaha). It doesn’t matter anyway as long the group understand what’s the whole presentation all about (or do they?).

Second, after I have finished my work and on my way going to the bookstore to check out some books, I saw one of my secondary schoolmates. I found him when I was on the escalator going down and he just called out my name after he recognized me. Then, a sense of shame running under my skin because I forgot his name! (Gee, I’m getting old is it? Shame on me) Nevertheless, I walk to him and shake his hands. I felt he understand that I forgot his name. Anyway, we chat about where we have been all these years and which company we are working with. After exchanging our name cards, we go to our separate ways. It was rare for me that a secondary schoolmate still remembers my name (Maybe I was the rare one who always forgets schoolmates’ names). This is because I wasn’t that popular in school. (I’m not really active in clubs or a top scorer in school either. I think I was shy boy then.) Anyway, it is great to meet him back again.

Third, in the bookstore, I didn’t have any idea of what book I should be looking for and then suddenly I remember I wanted to write the presentation event down on my blog. Since I was enjoy writing, so why not just get a writing book and improve my writing instead. I started to look for a book titled “How to write your journal”, which I have been looking it before just for temporary curious. However, I didn’t found that book but I got this one instead, “The little red writing book”. Sounds like “The little red riding hood” fairy tale book but the content are very good for writing. I check out the others as well (imagine a book about writing fails to attract people to read it) but this one is the best.

Finally, it’s good to have something to write again.

1 comment:

zoe said...

Ha ha, fren, the presentation wasn't that bad ler. Just that not mentioning your name, all the leng lui's in my department will not know u mah. What a waste. He he ;P