Keep Calm and Carry On

Orangeville, ON (My Corner Office) If you’re at the podium and make a mistake, if you make nothing out of it—simply go on—hardly anyone notices. Even if you totally blank out for a few terrifying moments, it can come across to the audience like a naturally long pause.

Technology isn’t perfect, and with teleseminars and webinars, you are bound to experience some awkward moments when buttons and connections do not work as planned. The same point applies here, too. Simply try to solve the problem. Avoid commentary that reinforces the idea that you are upset, that you think participants might be upset, or that you feel incompetent.

Keep in mind also that when you’re stressed, time can feel much longer than it actually is. When you calmly continue after your technical glitch, the audience remembers you as seamlessly in charge.

1 Comment

  1. It’s impossible to make a perfect presentation. Even the most experienced presenters make mistakes. But that’s okay. Why? Well, we’re not robots. We’re humans. As such, we’re prone to making mistakes.

    When was the last time you gave a ‘perfect’ presentation? Did you ever? Not once? It’s probably because you never did. You’re not immune to stumbling, mispronouncing something, or forgetting some examples you’ve practised.

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