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Handling Public Speaking Disasters With Grace

Turning mishaps into memorable moments of humor and confidence.

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Here’s a Few Useful Lines for Those Inevitable Public Speaking Disasters.

WHY? Because, when you’re up on stage, so many things can go wrong and you need to be prepared.

HOW? Microphone malfunctions and lets out an agonizing screech of feedback? Look at it and say, “I don’t understand. I brushed my teeth this morning.”

Tell a joke and no one laughs? Say “That joke was designed to get a silent laugh … (pause) … and it worked.”

Get a question you can’t (or don’t) want to answer? Answer “Could you save that question until you’re finished – and well on my way home?”

Source: Lilly Walters, What to Say When You’re Dying on the Platform

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