This was my second time attending DevLink, but it was my first time I had been accepted at a speaker. After a good show at That Conference I was eager to prove I could handle speaking at larger conferences. My talk started very well, some great information. But then we got into the demos and I realized that I had not prepared as well as I should have. I forgot to the grab the source for one of my demos, but I was able to use the Azure Management Portal to show off what would have been the result. However, the central piece of the talk: the YouTube Voting Demo, fell apart. I learned many things about keeping a demo on a USB stick, such as Windows 8 apps dont like their source code being on USB sticks, especially not those formatted with NTFS.
Needless to say, I was grateful most of my audience stuck with me, but I was horribly embarrassed and disappointed as I was not able to even get through my talk all the way. Whether it was hardware or not, I obviously rested on my laurels after That Conference and assumed the code would work without me having touched it. The only saving grace for me is, I am giving the same talk on Wednesday at Chicago Downtown .NET Developer Meetup, so its a quick chance for redemption.
But I refuse to let me poor performance take away from what was a productive and valuable conference going experience. I look forward to attending next year as well.