Earlier this year, director and producer, Michael Bay, walked off the stage at Samsung’s press conference when his presentation failed to appear on screen.
John Travolta was recently all over the news for butchering Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars.*
And then there’s Huffington Post’s infamous tech fail mash-up, including some of the biggest names in technology.
But perhaps the best-loved and most colossal presentation disaster of all is from Anchorman, albeit fictional. Warning: explicit language in clip.
When otherwise great presenters let technical malfunctions stop them from delivering a powerful message, you know it can happen to anyone. Maybe it’s happened to you.
The problem is that people often use a crutch to get their point across – be it PowerPoint, a teleprompter, or other visual aid – which is understandable. But when you’re in front of an audience – whether it’s clients, customers or anyone else who matters – nothing should keep you from communicating what you’re there to say.
Instead of relying on pre-created visual helpers, own the story you want to tell – step out from behind the projector and have a conversation. In the end, it will make all the difference.
*Maybe this wasn’t a technology glitch, but if Travolta had learned her name prior to trying to read it on screen, he could have saved face. It sounds like Idina has forgiven him, though, so all is well again.