It was the biggest keynote I’d delivered all year.
An audience of 550 hungry business owners in Crown’s Palladium Ballroom – one of Melbourne’s most prestigious conference venues.
They’d come to hear me share my marketing wisdom to help grow their business. And I wanted to leave them feeling inspired and motivated to do great things.
I’d arrived two-hours early to do my set-up, to ensure everything was working as it should. But, with 30-seconds to go, as the emcee introduced me, my slides weren’t projecting – the technology had failed. And I was about to as well, or was I?
I certainly was not! I’ll tell you what happened shortly, but first, let me give you five public speaking tips every speaker must do prior to walking up on that stage:
There’s plenty more things you must do before speaking from stage. I plan to cover them in future posts, or if the demand is there, I’ll go ahead and dedicate an entire episode on it as part of The Small Business Big Marketing Show. Let me know in the comments section below if that’s what you’d like.
Oh, and did I fail? Are you kidding?! With 25-seconds to go I asked the organiser (who was close to meltdown by this stage) to have three cordless mics positioned around the room, and I’d facilitate a Q&A session. It worked a treat.
It’s always good to have a Plan B … and C!
Have you had a bad public speaking experience? What was it and how did you overcome it? Or didn’t you?