In preparing to make a speech, what should I be anticipating? I’ve made the speech before, but afterward I wondered if I would be as lucky next time. My sympathies are with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who certainly hadn’t planned on having an allergy attack while making a speech recently.
- Don’t freeze up or panic.
- Accept whatever interruption happens.
- Don’t think about how you look, your audience really does want you to succeed.
- Throw your shoulders back and keep them that way while smiling.
- Acknowledge the interruption and when your audience is ready continue.
- Find out who you would turn to if something did go wrong, such as the sound system and remember their first name. Publicly thank them for their help.
- Never blame anyone for the distraction. Just be polite. Grace under stress is an endearing quality.
- At the end of the day, you want to roll with the punches and go with the flow. Look at interruptions as distractions for an opportunity for levity and a blessing in disguise to show adaptability, humor, and most of all, that you’re human.
A really great two minute warm up you can do before any presentation or entrance is to practice Amy Cuddy’s Power Pose. View Ms. Cuddy’s TED talk on body language at
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