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Public Speaking - When Things Aren't Going Your Way

Updated on May 21, 2013

Giving a presentation in front of a large group of audience is one of the most frightening experience that we do not look forward. Unfortunately, we are not giving ourselves a good time when we hesitate and pass up the challenge because that uncertainty can bring boundless rewards. Public speaking is going on completely spontaneous—which means unforeseen things may come up and nearly any issue may take place in the midst of the presentation. To help relieve the worry of yet another unanticipated adversity, think ahead. It is crucial to ascertain that which you should do and a way to get back on pathway without dropping your composure along with your necessity to endure. If shameful cowardice blows you off, read on. This article provides an easy to digest information on how to handle unexpected situation during public speaking. After reading the article, you should be able to gain greater confidence and speak your mind without any tinge of uncertainty.

What to do when...

Problem #1 – You did not plan an open forum and somebody asks a question

When a participant raises a question or clarification in the thick of discussion could take you off concentration. This fact also depends upon how you deliver your presentation, the amount of participants, and the meeting place. Question and answer tend to result to a domino effect—one question leads to another and goes on. Do not let the situation crush you. Give the disruptor a welcoming gesture to ensure the crowd you are in control of the situation. Your participants relate to your expertise and confidence that you will be able to manage everything.

Problem #2 – You receive an objection

Not every individual in the room will agree with you. Some of them will stand up to point a flaw in your presentation, contradict you, and worse, argue with your theory or explanation. It is always good to remember that you cannot please everyone, but this is not an excuse for escaping the situation and melt with your own belief. If the disruptor is manageable, politely answer his doubts and do not struggle to act kind and calm. If the disruptor blurts an obscene talk and raise his/her voice more than necessary, put your organizers to work and let them help you pacify the disturbing situation. Remind the crowd to act professionally and to treat each other with utmost respect.

Problem #3 – Answer to the query is in your outline

Some participants tend to ask questions with an obvious answer. Others asks questions even before the speaker discusses it. Again, to take control is beneficial. Often the inquiry will either respond effortlessly of your handout. Do not be aghast to state openly that you appreciate the question by saying and rerouting the disruptor to the resource material. Example: “That is a superb inquiry, which is in this article on my resource summary. So, I am responding to that question inside a moment.” Once you do that, it gives a quiet laugh to the interrupter and gives you back the momentum and the driving force to finish where you left off. Remember your promise. Point out the location where the disruptor can read a thorough explanation and give a rational feedback to satify the inquisition.

Takeaway: Make your thoughts REAL!

The next time you are going to give a presentation, you can either hit it or miss it. The most important thing to always remember is that planning ahead of time will improve the way you handle unexpected situation. If you are not in the habit of expecting what is unexpected, then you should do by now. Do not leave your listeners the impression that you are a bad speaker. Hone your skills, practice, and speak when you get the chance.


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    • self-counsel profile image

      self-counsel 4 years ago

      Hi rajan! You are correct. It is difficult to speak before an audience if you aren't confident about the topic. If you know what you are saying by heart, you'll be able to explain and relay information more effectively. It boils down to planning and preparation to manage if not avoid any untoward events that could possibly happen during a presentation.

      Thanks for leaving a helpful insight.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Public speaking requires one to be confident of the subject matter first and foremost and then maintaining your poise in the face of adverse reactions or questions. You give fine tips to be a better public speaker. Voted up.