Public Speaking Skills:
If there is one thing I have learned from my years of public speaking,
you must be careful of all things during your presentation.
I was once doing a public speaking event for 3200 people in California
and it was a really big deal. I definitely had to make sure I used this
important public speaking skill. I had two stage managers with headsets
counting down 30 seconds till show time, a personal assistant and complete
video crew for tape and image projection. Everything was hustle and
bustle and rush, rush, rush.
I had another bunch of assistants who, on cue, were going to distribute
plastic glow stars so the whole room would be lit with the stars for
the grand finale where I had blacked out the room.
The entire production went off without a hitch. People had a great time.
Afterwards I was busy shining my halo ... until the production company
head came up to me and said, 'We have a problem.' ...
I did not have a clue what he meant. He told me the assistants were
throwing the stars into the crowd and one of them hit an attendee in
the eye and scratched his cornea ...
Talk about your heart sinking. No one knew if he was going to be OK
or not. He was on his way to the hospital.
... It was six weeks before he found out if the damage was permanent
or not. Luckily he ended up with just a badly scratched cornea and he
is perfectly alright now.
Like the song, "I can see clearly now", I had let all the hoopla get
in the way of my normal briefing of my assistants and it almost cost
someone their eyesight.
Make sure you do your normal briefings, and proper preparations. I never
even considered the possibility of injury for that stunt so I encourage
you when using your public speaking skills that being careful must be
a priority. You must think ahead of possible adverse consequences of
unusual interactions with the audience so to prepare the event for everything
to go smoothly.
... BE CAREFUL!
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