Reviving the Dead
“I would use a technique I call
not ignoring the elephant in
it in some way, you will never
tion. The key is not to linger
there nor embarrass anyone
of this happened during a
daylong training I gave the
School shootings. Because I am
a motivational comedian, the
client obviously hired me to be
funny. But I named the game
by saying, ‘I know you hired me
to be funny, but I have to be
first hour sharing our feelings
about the tragedy, and then
the rest of the day flowed well.”
—Karyn Ruth White
For whatever reason—the event is
behind schedule, the audience just
got bad news, the previous speaker
was awful—the audience is lifeless.
How do you re-engage attendees?
i would ask the
audience to stand, take
a one-minute break and
introduce themselves to
three or four new friends in
their immediate area.
—ed Scannell, cSP, cMP
i don’t believe i would even comment on what has
gone before. i would just double my efforts to deliver a
stunning program and hope that i could help them blow
the blues away.
—lou heckler, cSP, cPae, Gainesville, Fla.
i just did two
keynotes with this
situation. each had a ceo
who spoke before me and
went way over his allotted
time (and was boring to
boot). here’s what i did
and you can, too:
—Sharon l. Bowman, Ma
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style and what that meeting planner wants to be done.”
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