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Service of Please Pass the Caffeine: Performing in Front of Nappers

Monday, July 1st, 2024

I was at a wonderful concert last week in an intimate setting. The soloist played a clarinet accompanied by an accomplished pianist.

Near me was an ancient person who immediately fell asleep. We were in the second row, almost in front of the clarinet player. Surely, he saw Mr. Sleepy.

Because of the fellow’s advanced age, the musician couldn’t have been insulted though it is distracting to see someone snoozing while you play your heart out—or deliver a speech.

I once had a boss who regularly fell asleep during presentations. My colleagues and I wouldn’t look at one another as we might have begun to giggle. A friend whose boss was known to imbibe at lunch and sleep through afternoon pitches scheduled all such meetings in the morning.

I imagine there are plenty of parishioners who snooze during boring–or even fascinating–sermons.

And watching someone text while you speak or perform must be unnerving.

Have you been confronted by a somnolent audience? Did you have a colleague or boss with tendencies to catnap?

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