Speaker Flexibility Gives Confidence to the Audience

ByBill Belew

Speaker Flexibility Gives Confidence to the Audience

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Flexibility Instills Confidence

It is important for the professional speaker to have flexibility. That flexibility will give confidence to the audience in the speaker.

I was giving a presentation in Manila to a group of publishers. About one-third of my way through the presentation my computer crashed. (I learned later that the battery have become dislodged and was only partially inserted and thus couldn’t hold a charge). Good preparation standards on the part of the organizers required that I send them a copy of my presentation. They had a volunteer on hand to assist the speakers.

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After less than 10 seconds of looking at the black screen we realized it would take minutes if not 10s of minutes to reboot the computer. I gave her a quick, “Use the backup” literally under my breath and turned to the audience and continued, sans slides. Remember when there were no slides? And when we drew pictures with words instead of showing visuals?

Less than 5 minutes later she had the backup PC plugged into the projector and my backup slides (albeit a previous version) up on the screen and I continued on as if nothing had happened.

The incident showed up in my audience feedback. “The speaker was able to continue on in spite of technical difficulties.” Or words to that affect.

I was also able to give confidence to my audience when demonstrating my ability to be flexible.

What would you do if your computer crashed part way through your presentation and a reboot was out of the question?



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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

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