Michael Bay Meltdown Teaches What Not To Do
Oh my gosh, I was stunned. What happened to Michael Bay? A very well respected communication professional, director Michael Bay, was thrown off when the teleprompter failed during a live presentation at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. He was there to promote a new television from Samsung and unbelievably he chose to leave the stage leaving behind the executive from Samsung alone on stage. If you haven’t seen the video, from a public speaking perspective it’s quite remarkable. It’s a public speaker’s nightmare. Not knowing what to say, stumbling so badly you feel the need the leave the stage!
So what can we learn from this? I wrote a detailed post over at Quick and Dirty tips. Below are the highlights.
- Prepare for the worst. Always have something to say – even if only brief comments.
- Stay calm. When technology goes wrong, discreetly ask for assistance.
- Stay cool. Don’t let the audience hear or see your reaction.
- Continue. The most important lesson: Keep talking!! No matter what, the show MUST go on!