As a speech coach, last Saturday night’s Oscar blunder was a gold mine. What an opportunity it was to watch and learn how one can recover from a major mistake!
The Academy Awards has, effectively, one job: to honor the movies that came out the previous year by announcing the winners in 24 categories. Everything else it does — the host’s monologue and other intermittent comedy bits, the In Memoriam segment, the montages that celebrate the beauty of cinema — is theoretically optional. The problem is that the Oscars routinely tries to serve a bunch of ancillary purposes that distract from its core mission, watering down its impact as televised entertainment.
From the Green Room: Stick to the core mission of your speech or presentation. Define your purpose, and then remove anything that doesn’t fulfill it. By sticking to your core, you will be less likely to blunder – and even more importantly, your audience will not miss your message.