Today I was on the hook to give a presentation to a Very Very Very Important Person. Not just "my regional manager" or something like that, think "CEO of a Fortune 500 company" type of person. I, and others, knew we were on the "optional"/"if there's time" list, but we had to get fully prepared and dressed up anyway. After a long day of waiting and uncertainty, it turns out that this person and their sizable entourage had a full day of other activities and so nobody got to present. There was a polite fob off of "oh, maybe some other time, we'll set something up" but really that's probably not going to happen. Realistically, there was a >50% chance that we would get bumped, but it still sucks we didn't even get 5 minutes. FOCUS: What have you spent an inordinate amount of time and effort preparing for that didn't end up happening? What caused it to not-happen? How did you get over it...or did you?