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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Distractions in Public Speaking

A cell phone went off during an intense part of his speech. I was sitting at the table of the person who’s phone went off. The speaker did something ingenious, and moved to the opposite side of the room, away from the cell phone, and kept going with his speech. You see, the audience was so enthralled with him at this point, couldn’t wait to hear what was coming next in his story, and if he had called attention to the cell phone distraction, he would have lost all of us, and would have broken the emotional state we were all in.

That’s not to say, that when a cell phone goes off during your presentation, you shouldn't stop and call attention to it. But if your audience is with you and is not distracted by it, keep going and everything will be just fine.

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