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Presentation Lessons from Missteps at the Golden Globes


January 14, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

As Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards reminded us, many star performers have a hard time speaking onstage — or even sitting politely in the audience. But their gaffes provide lessons for everyone in business, says a post on Fortune.com.

Jacqueline Bisset, disoriented in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress in the BBC miniseries “Dancing on the Edge,” illustrated the consequences of failing to prepare, even when you think your chances of reaching the stage are remote. In business, don’t assume you won't have a role to play in an upcoming meeting. Even social events require some degree of preparation.

Jennifer Lawrence also seemed surprised when she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “American Hustle.” But unlike Bisset, Lawrence pulled herself together, graciously acknowledging the esteemed actors she had competed against. Cameras cut to Helen Mirren, who appeared cheerful, and then to Jessica Lange, whose sour face resembled those corporate presenters who look bored as a colleague speaks, perhaps assuming that people aren’t paying attention.

When it’s your turn to speak, make the most of the spotlight, Fortune.com suggests. Too many business presenters waste time showing soporific org charts, typically at the start of a presentation when capturing attention is most critical. — Greg Beaubien



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