Our last few days in Hawaii were spent in Honolulu. The transition from a beautiful 2600 square feet beachfront home to a 550 square foot suite, not on the beach, was an adjustment to be sure. I kept thinking, in our "second home" we had so much room. Had we not stayed in Kauai, we would have been blissfully content with our accommodations, but as it was the change was disappointing. Still, we were able to get over it and enjoy the remaining days in beautiful, sunny, Hawaii.
Andrew with Major (Moogey) from Australia
The reason we were in Hawaii at all was because I was scheduled to make a presentation at Healing Our Spirits World Wide. So not only did I have to return to Honolulu but I also had to turn my mind to the conference. I was anxious about my presentation because my co-presenter cancelled due to a scheduling conflict and another person was taking her place whom I had not previously present with. Even more importantly he had not asked me for any of the preparation materials or proper meeting to review the material I was going to cover. In the end, he didn’t contribute anything of value.
In addition, a day prior to my presentation I spoke to one of the organizers of the conference who expressed her concern that although there were three of us from the same organization presenting, my presentation was the only one directly related to our institution. This was an issue because our institution started the Healing Our Spirit Conference, which was held in Edmonton, Alberta in 1992 with 3,200 participants from around the world, and we only had a minor presence at this conference.
I immediately decided to rectify the situation by changing my presentation slightly and by inviting the CEO to present with me. Big mistake!
We actually needed more time to review the material and organize our presentation. The fault rest with me because I didn’t make more of an attempt to meet with her, and I made the change at the last minute. Excuses aside, I was really disappointed with the presentation and must take responsibility for the end result.
However, all was not wasted I did meet old friends and made some new friends. At the conclusion of my session, I received some positive feedback. And there exist a strong possibility that I may have enrolled some international students to take our courses. I sure hope so.