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Tip of the Week: Run Amok January 27, 2010

Posted by Connie Burtcheard in Favorite Functionary.

Recently, at the Golden Globe awards, host Ricky Gervais opened strong and received warm audience response. Then he steered off course, and set in motion a comedy death spiral. It all centered on his private body parts. An inappropriate topic, the audience withdrew their support. The more strained and feeble their response, the more desperate and unfunny Ricky became.

When you sense the audience or client pulling back; reacting badly to a comment; or losing interest, simply STOP! Avoid the automatic human default to add more detail, tap dance faster or increase your speed. Pause, breathe, and proceed. Don’t let anxiety make you run amok. Hit the reset button – which is always within your reach.



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