Public Speaking Course:
I learned this lesson the hard way through a personal experience. I once held a speaking engagement for 3200 people in California that was
a huge event. I definitely had to make sure I used the skills I teach in my
public speaking course. I had two stage managers
with headsets counting down 30 seconds till show time, a personal assistant
and complete video crew for tape and image projection. All of my team was
rushing around trying to get everything running on time and going smoothly.
I had some assistants who, on cue, were going to pass out plastic
glow stars to the audience so the whole room would be lit with the stars for the grand
finale where I had blacked out the room.
The entire presentation went off without a problem. The audience had a great time.
Afterwards as I was busy shining my halo ... the production company
head came up to me and said, 'We have a problem.' ...
I had no idea what could have gone wrong. He told me the
assistants were throwing the stars into the crowd and one of them hit
a member of the audience in the eye and scratched his cornea ...
Talk about your stomach 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. Thankfully he'd only had a badly scratched cornea and
his eye soon recovered completely.
Like the song, "I can see clearly now", I had let all the hoopla get
in the way of my normal briefing of my assistants and it almost cost
someone their eyesight.
Make sure you do your normal briefings, and proper preparations. I never
even considered the possibility of injury 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!