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Talking about the Firsts

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Last Update: 2017-07-16 19:36:14

I'll never forget the first time I made a presentation about Microsoft software for web design "Expression Web" at an IT study group.

At the time, I had published a book about the first version of Expression Web in the previous year, and I was working on the book for the second version.

When I was in front of many people, my mind went blank. I had no idea what to say at all. But I tried to communicate with the participants during the initial meet and greet.

I asked them if anyone had ever used Expression Web, and only a few people raised their hands.

When I said "Is there anyone who wants to say like 'what's Expression Web'?", most of them showed me their hands.

After I muttered to myself "That's why my book sales are not so good" on the spur of the moment, everybody laughed. That helped me to calm my nerves a little.

I remember some of them told me that I made more sense only after I started the demonstration. According to them I didn't seem Japanese during the first half of my presentation.

The software support had already been discontinued by Microsoft and it was freeware. I now own the online community for the Japanese users as the author.

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