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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

It’s annual meeting time again for my nonprofit and I find myself working on another PowerPoint presentation to wow the assembled board members, volunteers and guests.  Last year, I tried to spice things up
It’s annual meeting time again for my nonprofit and I find myself working on another PowerPoint presentation to wow the assembled board members, volunteers and guests.  Last year, I tried to spice things up by adding sound effects and music to my presentation.  After all, our meetings are a casual affair held at local restaurants and featuring a generous cocktail hour beforehand. 
By all accounts our meeting/party last year was a great success.
That’s why I was rather surprised to hear this comment at a committee meeting last week from my Board President “Mike, are you going to give another presentation at the annual meeting this year?  If so, please don’t have any music or effects in it, people complained about that last time.”  He quickly added that I really was my call because it’s my presentation and he rather liked last year’s show. Was I stunned by this revelation? Unfortunately I was not. Long ago I found out the truth to the old cliché “you can’t please everyone.”  I’m just surprised that I didn’t hear about this “complaint” via back-channel communication (a.k.a. rumor mill) long ago.
Regardless, the crux of the matter is will I add sound effects and music to this year’s presentation?  You bet I will!

Mike