How to Recover From a Broken Public Speaking Presentation

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You are giving a very important public speaking presentation to the board members and midway through something overwhelms you and you can’t for the life of you remember exactly where you were in the presentation. You are giving a sales pitch on a new product to one of your biggest customers and you just lost it and lost your train of thought right in the middle of a flowing sales presentation. Knowing how to recover from a broken public speaking presentation is a very important skill that you can develop, It’s just that no one wants to prepare for a failure that may occur because the last thing you want to think of is messing up during your presentation, so we just do not prepare believing that if we are thinking positive we may mess up. The reality is that we should be prepared for a failure during our performance.

Below are four methods that you can employ if something happens to interrupt your flowing presentation. If you practice and understand these remedies to recover from a broken presentation they can save you a lot of stress and embarrassment. So take a look at each of these and just how easily you can employ any of these public speaking tips to save rescue yourself from a broken presentation.

Method 1: Make It Look Planned

This is what Jack Elliot did by pausing, saying “This next part is so important that I need to read it to you”, consulting his notes, then starting up again. One key lesson here is that you should always have your notes easily accessible. I keep mine in my pocket as a safely blanket; I rarely need them, but having them there sure make me feel good.

Method 2: Paraphrase Your Previous Content

“You will have to excuse me, but I am so passionate about my topic that I sometimes get ahead of myself. Allow me to review my previous point.” Nine times out of ten, retracing your steps will help you find the path forward.

Method 3: Ask Your Audience A Thought Provoking Question

“What seems to be the most important point so far?” I feel that this technique would work better in a public speaking presentation that is highly interactive to begin with. However you can use this as a rhetorical question to either buy time with a long pause or to precede a review of your previous content (i.e. a lead-in to Method #2).

Method 4: Review Your Overall Speaking Purpose

Every speech should have a central theme – preferably encapsulated in a three to twelve word catchphrase. Repeating your theme is always welcome by your audience so a memory lapse is a reasonable time to throw it back out there.

In Conclusion, the idea here is to help you be able to think on your feet as well as being able to deliver a public speaking presentation. The best presenters and public speakers have the ability to adapt to their situations and be able to react in a professional manner as to not ”get rattled”. If you employ the above tips you will be able to confidently recover from a broken presentation.

 

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How to Improve Your Memory Quickly

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Having a Good Memory

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Fortunately I have always had a good memory and thought that most people did too, but was surprised how many people out there have trouble remembering events, names and occurrences. I also learned and been teaching a memory technique that is one of the best I’ve come across in years. This memory technique is a product of learning to tap into your potential in order for self improvement.

These days’ people are looking for the latest and greatest in order to be successful. How many times have you just got off the phone after a successful interview and forgot the person’s name that you were speaking with or met someone at a business function and minutes later forgot their name. This could be detrimental to your success in life. William James, a Psychologist said that (and I am sure that you may have come across this statistic sometime in your lifetime) that most of us only use 10% of our potential in our lifetime. That means there is 90% of untapped human potential.

Memory Techniques

I’m going to illustrate that we can tap into that potential by simply using a simple exercise to improve your memory in a short period of time. The mind tends to think and relate better to pictures faster, so here goes the magic. If I suggest to you to think of the word duck what pops into your head ? an image of Donald Duck, a Mallard Duck sitting on a pond, of course you immediately get a mental image of the word that is heard and processed by your brain. You do not immediately think of the word DUCK do you? The problem is that when we were taught early on in elementary school how to memorize they did not use a technique associated with the mental image process. Instead you were just taught to memorize by rote and that was a lot harder and longer process. Well here’s a memory technique that will help you improve your memory and it goes like this if you already had not guessed. If I taught you ten public speaking tips and the next day you tried to remember without using this memory technique you may get three or four but if I you used this technique you would probably remember 8 or 10 and probably in order! Let’s try five to illustrate this example.

  1. 90 % of your nervousness does not show.
  2. Do not try to recite word for word.
  3. Do not memorize your speech
  4. Show up early
  5. Take Deep Breaths
  6. Look for a friendly face in the audience

Now try to memorize these in order then close your eyes and try to recite them. Don’t cheat

After you try to recite and only get a couple then try this.

Associate the six tips with a little story and it goes like this and is based on a horse race

  1. Favorite horse no showed
  2. Jockey was trying to write a down grocery list word for word
  3. Could not remember exactly what his wife wanted
  4. because he was watching his time
  5. Horse had to take deep breaths from running fast
  6. The jockey in front was smiling cause he was ahead

 

Now use this memory association scenario and then close your eyes and try to remember the seven tips. I’m sure that you probably get them all and probably in order because of the logical sequential flow of the scenario. It’s easy to see how using a simple technique can improve your memory quickly!