Let me ask you a question? How do you handle it when you’re on stage and you suddenly realize that you’re not giving the speech you prepared and practiced? Watch this video to find out what I have to say on the subject!
Dale Carnegie wisely said, “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”
But the key to this conundrum is to remember that the audience wasn’t there when you wrote your speech. They certainly weren’t there when you practiced it. Therefore, they have no idea that what you are saying to them in the moment isn’t what you had planned to say … unless you bring it up.
So don’t bring it up!
Let your speech unfold as it will and trust that what you are presenting is what they audience was meant to hear. If the SNAFU is obvious, don’t make it a big deal. Acknowledge the mistake and move on. Things happen and your audience will understand … they’re there to hear what you have to say, not throw tomatoes when you make a mistake.
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