How to handle a heckler

Speaking about Presenting

Most hecklers are made, not born. If people don’t feel listened to they will turn into hecklers. So the critical step to avoid making hecklers out of people in your audience is to listen. At the Presentation Camp in LA last year I facilitated a session on handling a heckler.

Hecklers, the original backchannel

Speak Schmeak

Heckler: One who tries to embarrass, harass, and/or annoy someone speaking or performing in public with gibes, questions and objections. And hecklers will heckle when you don't have control of the room." ~ Greg Fitzsimmons, comedian, writer, producer "A heckler's a guy.

How to Handle a Heckler | Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized heckler public speaking training

Harold Wilson deals with a heckler

Max Atkinson

Here he demonstrates how to deal with a heckler when making a speech at a rally during the 1966 general election campaign - which he won by greatly increasing the tiny majority he'd won in 1964

[Podcast] Best Practices in Delivering an Epic Keynote with Lou Heckler

Speaker Launcher

On today’s episode Jane talks with Lou Heckler about best practices in delivering an epic keynote. The post [Podcast] Best Practices in Delivering an Epic Keynote with Lou Heckler appeared first on Jane Atkinson.

Famous Speech Friday: Amy Schumer shuts down a heckler

The Eloquent Woman

Both of these misogynistic hecklers did their work in the first few minutes of a powerful woman's talk, seeking to undermine her status and remind her of her more traditional duties as housekeeper or sex object, or both. There's so much to like and learn from this deft handling of a heckler.

Speak Schmeak is the blog of public speaking coach Lisa Braithwaite: Hecklers, the original backchannel

Speak Schmeak

Heckler: One who tries to embarrass, harass, and/or annoy someone speaking or performing in public with gibes, questions and objections. And hecklers will heckle when you don't have control of the room." ~ Greg Fitzsimmons, comedian, writer, producer "A heckler's a guy.

Handling the heckler: How to do it 4 ways

The Eloquent Woman

Hecklers are everywhere these days it seems!" Heckling can happen in all sorts of speaker settings and it's good to think through how you'll respond, so you can seize and defuse the heckler's main weapon: surprise. And while you're unlikely to experience the kinds of high-visibility heckling seen in recent days, there are still lessons to learn from the experiences of President Obama and Taylor Swift: Let the heckler show you what to do. In a two-week period when Rep.

Steve Jobs handles an insult with grace

Executive Speech Coach

business presentations handle questions heckler insult Steve Jobs handled this insult and tough question well. Notice the long pause to think and demonstrate that he takes the question seriously. It would have been ineffective to answer quickly with a glib response.

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What is ‘Be Awesome’ Marketing?

Speaker Launcher

Most Recent Post Presentation Skills Speaker Marketing Speaking Business Strategy Dave Lieber Epic Keynote Lou Heckler speaking strategiesI’ve been talking about it for years – your presentation being your #1 form of marketing. If every speech is leading to more business (there will be some exceptions), then the strategy of ‘be awesome’ marketing is at work.

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Speaking of Distractions

Speak and Deliver

Hecklers. Ask the offending party directly to ask questions later, or take the conversations outside, or, in the case of a relentless heckler, to outright leave. Distractions Audience Focus Audience Control Interruptions Hecklers Control the Stage Cel Phones

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3 tips for when an audience member dominates Q&A

Speak Schmeak

Unlike a true heckler , the person dominating Q&A is not trying to put you down or make you look bad. Like a heckler, however, this person does want a lot of personal attention which, as the presenter, you cannot give at the expense of other audience members.

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3 tips for when an audience member dominates Q&A

Speak Schmeak

Unlike a true heckler , the person dominating Q&A is not trying to put you down or make you look bad. Like a heckler, however, this person does want a lot of personal attention which, as the presenter, you cannot give at the expense of other audience members.

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Christmas gifts for speakers

Speak Schmeak

Carry your speaking gear in a "No Hecklers" tote bag ! And these items aren't just for the pros; I give the " No Hecklers " mini-buttons out to clients and audience members. Andrew Dlugan at Six Minutes posted an excellent list of Christmas gifts for speakers.

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Maintaining composure as your top falls off.

Speak Schmeak

It''s part of our preparation to know what we would do if we lost our place, the computer shut down, or a heckler challenged us. Most speakers, no matter how experienced, still have the tiny thought in the back of their head: "What if something goes wrong?"

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Heckle this: Michelle Obama confronted a heckler--and won the exchange. Here''s my take on five things you can learn about handling hecklers when you speak.

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How to prepare for your Q&A session

Speaking about Presenting

The Meet the Candidate meetings were nerve-wracking, sometimes fractious and I got more than my share of hecklers. In 2001, I was a candidate for the Green Party in New Zealand. I spent a ton of time preparing for the “Meet the Candidate” meetings. But I didn’t spend most of my time on planning my presentation. I spent most of my time preparing for the Q&A.

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The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Famous Speech Friday shared Amy Schumer's recent remarks that shut down a heckler who said, "Show us your t**s."

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What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform

Pivotal Public Speaking

A heckler is in the audience; the overhead projector breaks; the allotted speech time runs out – these are just some of the panic-producing crises, interruptions, or distractions easily dealt with in this first-aid guide for business speakers.

What to Say When.You’re Dying on the Platform

Pivotal Public Speaking

A heckler is in the audience; the overhead projector breaks; the allotted speech time runs out – these are just some of the panic-producing crises, interruptions, or distractions easily dealt with in this first-aid guide for business speakers.

When audience members attack

Speak Schmeak

Here are a couple of resources for dealing with true hecklers and tough audiences: Heckle Schmeckle Tough Topics, Tough Audiences Dealing With Hecklers (a compilation of suggestions from subscribers to SpeakerNetNews.com).

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Robin Williams on the TED stage

Presentation Zen

At first the audience was stunned but then broke into uproarious laughter once they realized that the "heckler" was Robin Williams. At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC''s "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage.

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Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list

Speak Schmeak

Fun and Useful Tools Document stand for your speaker notes To keep your audience engaged and stimulated, bring toys , toys , and more toys (I also like to give my tiny "No Hecklers" buttons to audience members.)

Public Speaking - Too Much To Drink

Great Public Speaking

You could be faced with hecklers, disruptive and loud people, loud snoring sleepers, etc. Unless you are a comic who is very good at mild insult humor, you SHOULD NOT use heckler lines like: "Hey, buddy.

Handling the pressure onstage

Speak Schmeak

Here are a couple of articles about dealing with difficult audiences or hecklers: Heckle Schmeckle When audience members attack. I've spoken to several clients this week about their concerns with thinking on their feet.

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Public Speaking: Alcohol

Great Public Speaking

You could be faced with hecklers, disruptive and loud people, loud snoring sleepers, etc. Unless you are a comic who is very good at mild insult humor, you SHOULD NOT use heckler lines like: Hey, buddy.

Why Does “Real” Sell?

Speaker Launcher

Fire alarms, cell phones,technology failures, hecklers, etc. One of the greatest moments at this year’s Oscars was when Jennifer Lawrence, who won for “Silver Linings Playbook,” fell up the stairs on the way to her acceptance speech.

How thick is your skin?

Speak Schmeak

I'm not asking if you know how to deal with hecklers or troublemakers in the audience. Last year I attended a conference where one of the speakers was Arianna Huffington.

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Directing the message - Tiger finally speaks

Dahle Communication

Hecklers will be at a minimum and will be swiftly thrown out if they cause a disturbance. In my previous posts regarding Tiger Woods , I discussed how his NOT talking was hurting him.

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The all-in-one on engaging your audience: 11 resources for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

As soon as you realize that speaking isn't just broadcasting with your voice and a microphone, you begin to consider engaging with audiences, from making them think and getting feedback from them to handling hecklers and simple questions. Getting really off-track with a heckler?

Observational Humor — Case Study # 114

Humor Power

A speaker said that a coach gave him three tips for dealing with a heckler and then charged him $40. And the secret to handling hecklers : Pay them $40. (A Using the $40 to pay the heckler for his silence.). We were told that to handle hecklers: Comment on what they are wearing. Last weekend I had a heckler: He was naked. Here is another look at an Observational Humor monologue presented at the end of a meeting.

Public Speaking Presentations - Alcohol

Great Public Speaking

You could be faced with hecklers, disruptive and loud people, loud snoring sleepers, etc. Unless you are a comic who is very good at mild insult humor, you SHOULD NOT use heckler lines like: Hey, buddy. When you suspect you may have a problem because of a long cocktail hour, let the meeting planner know in advance that he or she should be prepared to tell the heckler that there is a phone call waiting.

The Epic Keynote - a Review

Speak and Deliver

I did enjoy reading 'Tips From the Masters' and 'Flashpoints' from Mark Sanborn, Joe Heckler, Patricia Fripp, Darren LaCroix, and many, many others. Yesterday, I reviewed several books I've read this year in my Win Anyway Blog.

Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

How to handle a heckler. Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience. Kristin Arnold has written a provocative and intensely practical book Boring to Bravo on how to meet that challenge by encouraging audience participation.

Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list

Speak Schmeak

Fun and Useful Tools Document stand for your speaker notes To keep your audience engaged and stimulated, bring toys , toys , and more toys (I also like to give my tiny "No Hecklers" buttons to audience members.) Download audio here.

The 7 Triggers that will Fascinate your Audience

Speaking about Presenting

Handle questions and hecklers authoritatively. Sally Hogshead has written Fascinate – a book exploring the seven triggers that fascinate people. In this post, I explore how the triggers can be used when you’re presenting. These triggers have tremendous power and executed skilfully will compel your audience to listen to you. But execute in a hamfisted way, and not only will your presentation fail you may also piss off your audience. OK, you’re thinking sex.

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FSF update: Lady Bird Johnson's 1964 whistlestop tour

The Eloquent Woman

In Columbia she answers hecklers with what one observer called "a maternal bark." That's something any speaker can use today with a heckler. Among the clips are examples of how she handled the hecklers.

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Competing against yourself

Speak Schmeak

Steve Pavlina has a great post here about competing in a Toastmasters humor speech contest. The text of the speech is on John Kinde's blog , where he analyzes Steve's use of humor.

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From Cafeteria Speeches to Million Dollar Business with Scott Stratten

Speaker Launcher

There weren’t 6000 people as he imagined – just a few folks in the mall and a couple of hecklers from New York Fries. The path to a successful speaking business isn’t always the same for everyone. Let’s use Scott Stratten as an example. Scott was 12 years old when he realized he wanted to become a professional speaker. It came after watching a Les Brown motivational talk on PBS. After seeing that special and realizing you can get […].

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Navigating controversy

Speak Schmeak

In Hannah's case, there was no opportunity for audience interaction, but in a typical presentation setting when speaking on a difficult topic, you must always be prepared for hecklers and for challenging or hostile questions.

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The 7 Triggers that will Fascinate your Audience

Speaking about Presenting

Handle questions and hecklers authoritatively. Sally Hogshead has written Fascinate – a book exploring the seven triggers that fascinate people. In this post, I explore how the triggers can be used when you’re presenting. These triggers have tremendous power and executed skilfully will compel your audience to listen to you. But execute in a hamfisted way, and not only will your presentation fail you may also piss off your audience. OK, you’re thinking sex.

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Silencers: In appearance v. content for women speakers, guess which wins?

The Eloquent Woman

There are all sorts of things that can silence a woman speaker, from audience or online trolls and hecklers to the conference organizers who keep her off the program.

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The speaking gig from hell

Speaker Confessions

From hecklers, to equipment failures, to tough crowds. As research for the book, I’ve been collecting stories of things going wrong. Today I’ve heard one of the best stories of things going wrong. It’s a great story of what he calls a hell gig.

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