Mistakes are bound to happen, especially during important presentations. Tracey Turner, executive director of The Creative Group, offers the following tips for recovering after a presentation slipup.
- Remain calm. Don’t panic. Instead, take a deep breath and focus on keeping your composure. Smiling will make you appear more in control.
- Acknowledge the problem. Address the situation in a humorous way if possible. A quick one-liner can make everyone feel more at ease and make it easier to put the presentation back on track.
- Take a break. If it’s a matter that could take a few minutes to resolve, such as a technical glitch or a spill, suggest a quick “intermission.” This will give you time to tackle the issue out of the spotlight.
- Have a Plan B. Don’t rely solely on technical equipment. If you cannot get your electronic presentation running in 10 minutes, be prepared to go on without it.
- Move on. Get back on track as soon as possible. The faster you recover, the less memorable the foul-up will be.