It’s common for professional speakers and trainers to invite audience members to the stage to volunteer for an activity, receive
a prize, or share a talent. No problem, right?
Well, for one of our members, this simple
move has led to a set of serious consequences.
It is best not to identify the speaker or provide too many specifics about the case, as it is
now headed into possible litigation. However,
please know this is a long-standing NSA member with more than 30 years of experience in
the world of performance. (To avoid revealing
the member’s gender, we’re going to refer to
him/her as they/them in the rest of the article.)
During a keynote, an offer was made for
someone to approach the stage to participate
in a small activity. By no fault of the speaker,
the audience member who volunteered to
play encountered a minor injury. The person
declined all assistance and chose not to see
a doctor or be transported to a hospital. Yet
almost two years later, a sheriff’s deputy arrived
at the speaker’s home and served them with a
complaint and summons. Not only was the
speaker sued for negligence, but so were the
client and the venue where the event was held. BY LAURIE GUEST, CSP
Can a Lawsuit
Yes, it can
THE NSA MEMBER in this story
has been part of the association
for many years and is a very
experienced platform presenter.
Yes, it can happen to any of us.