Have you ever been mid flow through your slides or pitch where someone asks you to stop and go back a slide? If you are like me it can cause untold amounts of trouble and ridiculous stress.
- You lose focus
- It can throw your delivery or pattern off.
- Or worse create blind panic.
Sure I know there are exceptions. But all too often I see it used as a disruption tool.
I mean you wouldn’t stop an actor halfway through their performance or ask a singer to back up to repeat the last verse.
Truth is, it’s often just a tactic used to steal attention and make the room notice them and highlight what others have supposedly missed.
Either way – It’s not designed to help you or the business.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen this in action. Here are my top tips to avoid attention thieves.
Tell the room at the beginning that you have a lot of ground to cover and would like all participants to make notes that can be submitted in Q&A at the end.
If there’s no time for Q&A (QBRs are a good example of this) share a link with the group at the beginning to a google form (tailor each field to submit a question on each slide) and get back to them later.
Failing that just refuse and move on. *Warning may affect you’re performance review rating.