Public speaking is not easy. There is the common fear of forgetting what you had planned to say, sounding stupid, or making mistakes in front of the audience.
The Teleprompter was invented to help out with this but, as you will see in the following example, technology could fail you at the very wrong time, leaving you totally lost for words!
Teleprompter Failure: The Michael Bay Story
Michael Bay is the producer of several blockbuster action films you may easily remember such as Transformers and Friday the 13th. He ran into quite a bit of a crisis, recently, while he was speaking at a Samsung press event. In front of a large gathering of people, he was supposed to be discussing the new Samsung curved HDTVs and their impact on film, but it turned out the Teleprompter malfunctioned and left him totally at a loss for words!
This utterly unbelievable situation played out live right in front of, perhaps, hundreds of world journalists and tech-enthusiasts at this year's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from 7th - 10th January, 2014. Not knowing what to say next, Mr Bay had no choice but to give up and walk away from the big stage!
Click the link below to watch a 2-minute video clip showing the moment when this happened. Just imagine this happening to you at a major global event, before a large, formal, gathering such as this. Wowww!!! Click to watch:
What do you think of this? Do you think he should have tried to continue, rather than giving up and walking off-stage? Drop your comment below.
Jonas Ezeanya is an executive speech coach and presentation expert based in Lagos, Nigeria. Connect with him on LinkedIn.