Did you ever have an important interview, presentation or speech to give that went wrong in a big way? What to do if it all goes wrong and you’re left embarrassed in front of a crowd of people or large audience.

This video was inspired by the viral video ‘The Funniest Video of The Year’ in which Professor Robert Kelly’s interview on BBC News gets interrupted by his kids causing chaos.

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Jade Joddle is a speech and voice teacher for high-level professionals. She teaches her non-native speaker clients to Speak Well so that they thrive and succeed.

5 Comments

  1. Shigeki Yamamoto Reply

    Hi Jade,

    I checked the video on YouTube, which led me to another video—a follow-up video by BBC—in which the interviewer kept asking his wife if some comments assuming she was a nanny did not bother her. It’s easy to brush aside such assumptions and his question as racism or prejudice. But I want to look at it from anther angle, the British class system. Apparently, people who assumed she was a nanny are those who were brought up in a privileged family that could afford to hire a nanny. Those people, who most likely speak in a “posh” accent all the time, haven’t got the slightest idea what a family-loving, husband-loving dedicated wife should have acted in a situation like that. Prof. Kelly’s wife is a wonderful woman. And Prof. Kelly is a very lucky man to be married to such a wonderful woman.

  2. Poor professor Kelly didn’t know he could turn the camera away, but luckily he didn’t do that. lol Who doesn’t enjoy seeing others’ misfortune? I have to mention one of my favourite words “schadenfreude”. You gotta see this Jade, the explanation for that interview http://ew.com/tv/2017/03/14/bbc-dad-robert-kelly-responds/ The silver lining is that he’s famous now.

  3. Hello Jade,

    I fully agree with your points!

    I have not seen the interview but aware of it.
    I would have said “excuse me a moment meet Britney & Sam” & usher them out, apologise & return to business at hand.
    Seeing how he acts as a father towards his children can help me as an interviewer find him more or less “credible”
    You have to have a touch of self-deprecation & humour at times.

    For some audiences, no matter how polished you are they may still not be impressed or convinced.

  4. Quite right Jade. There is no need to be so serious all the time. So much of life is not under our control. For myself, when I have to get over something I use the Blackadder Technique: I beat my breast three times whilst saying “Howl, Howl, Howl”. I then finish with “Oh well, can’t be helped”, and I am over it !!! As for Teddy 001, he simply runs away, comes back to my apartment, jumps on my bed and hides under the covers for while. He then emerges ready to take on the world again ;-,X Toodles

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