Presentation Skills: When things go wrong…


By Morag Barrett on January 7, 2014

Posted by Morag Barrett | January 7, 2014Presentation Skills: When things go wrong…Stage fright to the extreme… some of you may have seen this video, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, however I have to feel for the emcee… When an amygdala hijack occurs sometimes flight is the only reaction, however with a little preparation the situation could have been so different!What are the learnings?Prepare and practice – learn the opening of your presentation, that way if the technology fails you can “wing it” and get into your strideRemember that the audience wants you to succeed… they will empathize with technology that lets you down… what they won’t accept is if you run from the stageDon’t leave others out to dry – leaving the stage left the emcee to manage the situation alone.  Shame that Michael Bay couldn’t stay and have a conversation with the emcee… he was trying to help you!We have worked with many leaders to build their confidence and skills in public speaking.  Like any skill, it can be learned, and with practice you can command the stage.  Call us if you’d like to learn more!Related ArticlesPresentation Skills: 5 Steps to Avoid the Wardrobe Malfunction and Dress For SuccessWhile wardrobe malfunctions may be a regular occurrence for celebrity performers, for most of us, they are to be avoided at all costs.  Like it or not, how you dress says a huge amount to your audience about your image, personality and ultimately whether they want to listen to you…July 10, 2012In "Presentation Skills"Presentation Skills: Fear of Public Speaking - Dealing with Stage FrightAnyone who tells you that they are not nervous as they get up to deliver a presentation are either lying or haven’t prepared.  I have been presenting to large audiences and group events for over 15 years and I promise you that I still get nervous before I start. Those…June 19, 2012In "Emotional Intelligence"Presentation Skills: Your Call To ActionYou have a stunning opening for your presentation, your content is written, and I am sure that you have written the closing words for your presentation.  Go back and read it.  Does it have ’punch’? Does it include a clear 'call to action'?  I have had the opportunity to observe and…May 29, 2012In "Presentation Skills"Tags »Emotional IntelligencePresentation SkillsTrust Share
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