Here are some of the stories:
After arriving at the train station, the speaker called me at about 8 and said the taxi driver didn’t know the event location. I was surprised because the location is very well-known in Gütersloh. He said “I am not in Gütersloh, I am in Paderborn!” which is a city about 30 min. away. In all the confusion of the last minute change, they booked the wrong train ticket, so we had no speaker. So we jumped in and told the audience the truth: even Fuckup Nights organizers have fuckups some times! I gave a fuckup speech about a startup I had founded some years ago and everybody was happy. Our message: Even if something goes wrong – keep moving on!”
Fortunately, our other speakers were exceptional, and the tension & disappointment hanging in the air vanished right away. We had also invited previous speakers to the event, and they shared their feelings and experiences with previous Fuckup Nights. This really cheered up the event, and good feedback on social media came swiftly. So what have we learned from our fuck ups?
To take a deep breath and keep calm, oh, and always have an audiovisual plan B.”