I have no voice, and I must speak.

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the conference. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m speaking at the Software Marketing Perspectives conference in Santa Clara this week. So, the funny thing, or perhaps the ironic thing, is that I lost my voice this week.

While it was rough earlier in the week, as I recovered from the flu, it got progressively worse, and today, the day before I’m scheduled to speak, my voice is completely gone. I can whisper, and articulate a few words with a really hoarse, raspy voice, but if I try for more than 30 seconds, I’m done.

So, this puts me in an interesting position. How can I give my talk without the ability to speak? I have a plan B, but I won’t tell you what it is right now.

Tomorrow, after the conference, I’ll let you know the plan and how it went down.

BTW, bragging rights go to the first person who can identify the obscure sci-fi reference in the title of this post.



4 responses to “I have no voice, and I must speak.

  1. Harlan Ellison, of course – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_No_Mouth,_and_I_Must_Scream

    I lost my voice for about two weeks – right in the busiest part of a major software release. I used a mixture of typing over LiveMeeting so people on the phone could “hear” me, or having someone read my notes while “interrupting” with drawings or words scribbled on a whiteboard. It was actually really effective – for people too used to PowerPoint decks, the “meeting as performance art” was a lot more entertaining and they paid much closer attention!

  2. Congrats Cindy. You are absolutely correct.

    I read that story a very long time ago. I actually read the same wikipedia link after I wrote the blog post to refresh my memory of the story.


  3. Saeed,

    Hope your talk went well – looking forward to hearing how you pulled it off.

    Sometimes I wish speakers would lose their powerpoint slides so that they will talk from their gut and make more sense. But you had the opposite problem which is very unfortunate.

  4. Gopal

    Thanks. Things turned out well as you can see in the next post.