Presenter Leaves Canberra Conference in Mint Condition

By Andrew Ivey | Presentations

Oct 23
Tomi Ahonen Presenter

Tomi Ahonen, Independent Mobile Consultant

Tomi Ahonen’s a buoyant and energetic presenter. But he’s been barred from presenting at the 26th annual Mint Directors Conference in Canberra, Australia because of…jet lag.

Now anyone who has ever seen Tomi give a presentation will know that a case of jet lag would still leave Tomi with far more energy than any other speaker on the podium.

Tomi, the former head of Nokia’s global 3G Business Consultancy, had flown in from Africa to attend the annual Mint jamboree at the personal invitation of Ian Bennett, the CEO and President of the Canadian Mint. The online and printed schedules listed Tomi as a key presenter at 0832 in the opening session of the first day chaired by…Ian Bennett.

But 15 minutes before the opening session started and 45 minutes before Tomi was due to begin his presentation he was told that he couldn’t present…because of jet lag!

It’s a bizarre story. We’ve heard of other speakers who were barred from speaking. But this one is different.

It appears that the presentation slides that Tomi intended to present were the real issue. He’d shown a preview of them at an earlier presentation in Toronto and the slides had been with the Mint conference organisers for a month.

It seems that the content of the slides was an issue to the sensitive Mint personnel.  The slides clearly predicted the death of money as we know it…to be replaced by mobile transactions. His evidence drawn from countries like Estonia and Sweden was very telling. Solid evidence, but not the sort of content that would be lauded by an audience of money printers and Government Mints.

There you go Tomi. Sometimes an audience doesn’t want to hear unwanted truths or presentation predictions.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+

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