I was doing an event for 3200 people in California and it was a really big
deal. I had a two stage managers with headsets counting down 30 seconds till
show time, a personal assistant and complete video crew for tape and image
projection. Everything was hustle and bustle and rush, rush, rush.
I had another bunch of assistants who, on cue, were going to distribute
plastic glow stars so the whole room would be lit with the stars for the grand
finale where I had blacked out the room.
The entire production went off without a hitch. People had a great time.
Afterwards I was busy shining my halo . . . .until the production company head
came up to me and said, "We have a problem." . . . . I did not have a
clue what he meant. He told me the assistants were throwing the stars into the
crowd and one of them struck an attendee in the eye and scratched his cornea. . . .
Talk about your heart sinking. No one knew if he was going to be OK or not.
He was on his way to the hospital. . . . It was six weeks before he found out if
the damage was permanent or not. Luckily he ended up with a badly scratched
cornea and he is perfectly alright now. I had let all the hoopla get in the way
of my normal briefing of my assistants and it almost cost someone their eyesight
. . . BE CAREFUL!