Public Speaking Course:
Bloopers are funny mistakes that people make in public. The television show 'TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes' is a great indicator of how people enjoy watching other people make funny mistakes. How can these mistakes, or bloopers, be used during your presentation? When you make a mistake while speaking, instead of panicking, acknowledge it instead and make fun of the mistake you made. In my public speaking course you will learn how to effectively react to a blooper situation to make the most out of it.
Here are three from "All Time Great Bloopers" by Blooper Snooper Kermit Schafer and one from 'More Press Boners' by Earle Tempel. A while back I heard about a DJ on WIOD in Miami, Florida who said, "This is Alan Courtney speaking. Don't forget, tonight at nine, our special guest . . . (pause) . . .will be . . . I forgot." "Well, I haven't forgotten why we are here today . . . " or (For an introducer) "I couldn't possibly forget who is here with us today."
From The San Leandro, CA News: I saw a notice in the newspaper the other day that said, "Industrial Boulevard is empty because it is a road to nowhere. Work is underway to extend it." If we keep developing the obsolete widget. We will be on the road to nowhere too.
Mayor Daley of Chicago was being interviewed on TV following the riots during the Democratic convention. The mayor stated, "The police in Chicago are not here to create disorder, they are here to preserve it." I hope I don't create, or preserve, any disorder in my presentation today. Likely if the mayor had gone to my public speaking course, he would not have made this mistake.
When you have a blooper, thinking quick on your feet can make it a positive aspect to your presentation.