Hi everybody, this is Ritu and welcome back to my vlog series on How to speak more confidently in public!
Now, one of the things that I’ve seen happen in a lot of public speaking events is when the speaker gets rattled by a disturbance in the audience. This could be when new people are coming in to get seated. Or some people are leaving or there is group of people that’s talking or some issue happening. What typically happens is that speakers get rattled and then they just focus on talking over that disturbance. And then people are trying to listen to the disturbance and listen to the speaker and it makes for a very awkward situation.
What I would suggest is to acknowledge the disturbance. So, for instance, if there are people talking, take a pause. Focus on them and say, ‘Looks like that team particularly, out there, has something more interesting to discuss than what is going on up here’. Acknowledge the disturbance. Allow for the audience’s attention to shift to it and come back to you.
You will notice that it allows you to retain control of the audience and of your speech, without throwing you off and making you uncomfortable. Try it next time and let me know what happens. Thanks again!