Film Director, Michael Bay, abandons talk at CES 2014 for lack of preparation

ByBill Belew

Film Director, Michael Bay, abandons talk at CES 2014 for lack of preparation

Film Director, Michael Bay, abandons talk at CES 2014 for lack of preparation

Michael Bay was on stage less than 2 minutes before he walked off the stage unable to carry on because his teleprompter didn’t work.

The Transformer director was on stage during a Samsung presentation at CES 2014.

A couple of questions in and he walked off the stage.

A couple of tries at ‘winging in’ and a little self motivation didn’t work.

Bay said on his web site,

” Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.”

Good honest response on his part.

But where was plan B on the organizer’s part?

I was speaking at an event in Thailand when the battery on my laptop went down. Later I learned that it had somehow come dislodged and was never fully charged or charging.

When the screen went blank, I looked at the little girl assigned to my session set up and asked her to get the back up.

I kept on talking. In less than 5 minutes she had my pc disconnected from the projector, hers plugged in and a back up on a thumb drive to my talk up on the screen. The back up wasn’t the most current version of my talk (I had tweaked it some before going on stage) but it was plenty usable.

In the feedback from the attendees there was, “he kept going despite the technology breakdown” or some words to that affect.

As for Bay’s part, in the end people are associating his name and his walk-off with Samsung. Bay hasn’t lost any love for being human and Samsung still gets talked about.

Maybe it was planned.

But I don’t think so.

What’s your plan B?

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Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

    1 Comment so far

    Rick DeutschPosted on  7:51 pm - Jan 17, 2014

    I think Mr. Bay was at fault. Yes, the crew should have had the teleprompter working…but this is a seasoned guy who should think on his feet. If he doesn’t know the subject COLD, he should not pretend he is a guru.

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