"What to Say When You're Dying On the Platform! and ... the Equipment Malfunctions! For Professional Speakers, Public Speakers, Trainers, Seminar Leaders

Lilly Walters - Leading consultant to help professional, public, motivational, business speakers, lecturers speakers, trainer, and seminar leaders increase their income and their presentation skills Lilly Walters is the author of five of the best-selling books about the professional speaking industry, such as, "Speak and Grow Rich," "1,001 Ways to Make More Money as a Speaker, Consultant or Trainer: Plus 300 Rainmaking Strategies for Dry Times," and many more. For over 20 years a LEADING RESOURCE helping Corporate and Association Meeting Planners find the PERFECT speakers and entertainers for their events. Former leading executive of Walters International Speakers Bureau. Today she owns and runs Amazing Motivational Keynote Speakers and helps speakers and seminar leaders find ways to increase their bookings

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"What to Say When You're Dying On the Platform! and ... the Equipment Malfunctions!

By Lilly Walters

"...and my next slide is .... uh ... maybe it's not .... um ... Charlie, wanna check the eletricity on this thing?"

Sound familar? Once you stop to think about it, there are a TON of rotten things that can go wrong when a presenter is set in front of any group! But as we get more and more into our high tech assistants, when it all blows, it blows big time! Now we can really get stuck up there. What do you do and say when the electricity goes out? The overhead projector blows?

In the book by Lilly Walters, "What to Say When You're Dyin' On the Platform!" (McGraw Hill, March), over 100 problems like these are solved. Witty one-liners and ideas add to the insights supplied from over 100 professional trainers, speakers and entertainers. For instance, what do you do and say when ...

THE OVERHEAD OR SLIDE PROJECTOR ACTS UP

Overhead slides are the easiest of the professional visual-aid options to use. Everybody uses them! But it's hard to stand out and be unusual if you use "plain old overheads." On the other hand, they are quick and inexpensive. Almost everyone has a copy machine, and that's all it takes to make an overhead slide. Next to a flipchart, they are the easiest to prepare. They give you greater control than 35mm slides, because you can easily decide not to show "the next few" if you get rushed for time, and no one but you knows the difference. Anything that can be photocopied can be turned into a colorful transparency. I have heard many people say that a color overhead provides greater retention than a clear overhead.

The drawbacks to overhead slides are that they can easily be dropped and get out of order. Also, if your presentation does not allow for keeping them in a set order, it will be awkward shuffling through them.

To Prevent It from Happening

  • Always test your equipment.
  • Always bring an extra bulb.
  • Always assume the projector is going to break anyway.

What to Do

 There are a lot of speakers out there who use the A/V (audiovisual) as a crutch. They crumble if there is a problem with it. They are not used to members of the audience looking them in the eye-they are used to them looking at the charts on the wall, or the slides, while they stand in the dark. They had darn well better learn their shtick with people looking at them in the face.

-Brad Plumb, owner of the North American Speakers Bureau


I try to buy the audiovisual person time to fix the problem. I get the audience members to give one another a back rub if the problem is minor. If there is no A/V man present, I'll have them break into groups of four and discuss the point we're currently making while I fix the A/V problem.

-Michael Aun, President of an insurance and a real estate company.

The audience members should never know there is a "problem." If you cannot seek help without them knowing what is going on, then act as if using your overhead was a teeny, tiny portion of your presentation, really of very little significance-regardless of how desperately important the slides really are to your presentation. Then you must just carry on.

Do not explain what each slide looked like. Do not say, "Well, if you could have seen the next slide it would have looked like." Just give the presentation without making reference to the slides. "Talk" the message that is on the slides-don't refer to the slides if they are not there.

 

What to Say

Humorous

 I'd like to thank Radio Shack for providing the equipment this evening.

-Gene Mitchener, The Wheelchair Comic

Was this machine provided by the low bidder?

-Ed McManus, The Jokesmith

(Use this one only if you never hope to work for a competitor.) This __________ (broken or malfunctioning item) must have been made by __________(competing company).

-From One Liners for Disaster, by Tom Antion, Anchor Publishing

(I hold the tiny overhead or slide up in the air and say) This is where I was going to show you a visual. Well, here it is.

-Allen Klein, Jollytologist, author and speaker

Above adapted from "What to Say When You're Dyin' On the Platform!" by (McGraw Hill) - A major choice of the Executive Program Book Club

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Lilly Walters is the author of five of the best-selling books about the professional speaking industry, including the bestseller she wrote for Dottie Walters, "Speak and Grow Rich"