Several weeks ago I was 5 minutes into my presentation and the computer with my slides choked. Immediately, the technician jumped into gear to get it fixed. What do you do when this happens to you? Do you have a plan for the future (because it will happen)?

There was an obvious distraction as the technician worked to get it fixed. Instead of skipping the slides entirely, I used the next speaking tip.

Presentation Tip #12: Have Several Emergency Stories to Share at a Moment’s Notice.

I knew that if I kept on my speech road map, I would lose half the audience as they looked at the distraction. Immediately, I jumped into a completely unrelated story. The story grabbed the audience’s attention back, and kept them involved until the power point computer came back online. This “off the cuff” story turned a speech pot hole into a launching pad for a better presentation.

Always carry several emergency stories with you to use during a distraction, technical difficulties, or when you have time to kill on stage.  If they relate to your presentation, all the better. Use this presentation tip, you will appear in control of the situation and it may actually enhance your presentation. This builds trust and credibility with the audience.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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