Saturday, September 15, 2012
The microphone isn’t working. Your powerpoints are not showing properly. The other panelist who was the real expert has yet to appear. This article at the Chronicle of Higher Education includes comments by readers who have faced these sorts of problems.
I learned how to handle these problems when my children were very young, and their music and acting class was putting on a performance at a local church. They had a lot of trouble getting the recorded music to work. One of teachers would keep poking her head through the curtains with the biggest smile while the other teacher worked back stage to remedy the problem.
The lesson: When things go wrong and the audience knows it, act like your still having fun. There’s a problem, but oh well, you’re still enjoying your time.