Public Speaking Course:
In my public speaking course, you learn about how important it is to be
careful of every aspect of your presentation.
I did a presentation once for 3200 people in California that was a really big
production. I definitely had to make sure I utilized the skills taught in my
public speaking course. I had two stage managers with headsets counting down
till show time, a personal assistant and complete video crew for tape and image
projection. Everyone was rushing around trying to get everything done in a hurry.
There were other assistants who, on my cue, were going to distribute plastic
glow stars to attendees so the whole room would be lit with the stars for
the grand finale where I had blacked out the room.
The entire production went off without a problem. People had a great time.
Afterwards I was busy shining my halo ... until the production company head came
up to me and said to me, 'We have a problem.' ...
I had no clue what he was referring to. He told me the assistants were throwing
the stars into the crowd and one of them hit an attendee in the eye and
scratched his cornea ...
Talk about your heart sinking. No one knew if he was going to be OK or not. He
was on his way to the hospital.
... It was six weeks before he found out if the damage was permanent or not.
Luckily he had just scratched his cornea and is perfectly alright now.
Like the song, "I can see clearly now", I had let all the excitement
get in the way of my normal briefing of my assistants and it almost cost someone
Make sure you do your normal briefings, and proper preparations. I never
considered the possibility of someone being injured for that stunt so I
encourage you when using your skills you learned in a public speaking course
that being careful must be a priority. You must think ahead of possible adverse
consequences of unusual interactions with the audience so to prepare the event
for everything to go smoothly.
... BE CAREFUL!