ER from California asks:
I recently spoke for a large national meeting. By the end of my Friday afternoon session, my throat was feeling a bit dry and hoarse. I was scheduled to speak the following morning. However, when I awoke on Saturday I had NO voice… not even a squeak! I tried everything I could think of: I steamed my face, drank tea, water, used throat lozenges and nothing worked. I immediately located the event planners to check in with them. They realized that I would not be able to present, but had no idea how to resolve this. We searched the course catalog for other speakers who might be able to speak on this topic but came up with no other options. Together we opted to cancel the class. I felt horrible, and still do…. What advice would you give to the speaker and the meeting planner in this situation?