How would you react if you were doing a presentation and everyone ignored you?

@kgwat70 (13398)
United States
February 1, 2007 8:34pm CST
If you were talking to a large group of people about a certain subject and they completely ignored you, how would you feel or what would you do?
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11 responses
• United States
2 Feb 07
I would probably cry if I were giving a presentation and everyone ignored me..I am very sensitive..I will stop ..leave the place of presentation and cry..:)+
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I am a very sensitive person as well but would not cry. I would just pack my stuff and leave.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
I could see you just packing up ..right in the middle of the presentation ..and leaving.. I probably would have to walk off stage..or the podium if I started crying..but I dont know what would happen after that:)+|
@Autisteek (326)
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
what I always do is ask questions to get their attention then I will give away small tokens such as pens or little pocket calendars... you just have to come up with creative and interactive presentations so they would not lose their interest in you. Since human attention span is only a few minutes (15 minutes max), you should really spend those first minutes in getting their attentino and interest. Thats how it works. If you fail to do it, they will really be busy minding something else during your entire presentation.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
5 Feb 07
This is a very good point as getting the audience involved and rewarding them on their comments and suggestions would be nice and make them more alert. Good topics is very important, just like here on myLot.
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@brendalee (6084)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I don't really like speaking in public to begin with so I think that would really upset me. I guess I would try to make a joke relating to the subject I was talking about and hope somebody was listening. I don't know what I would do if that didn't work.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I would be very upset. But, I would confront them right there. If the group was that rude, I would pound on the table to get their attention, and then I would say right out that they were very rude. Then, continue my presentation, and I bet they would listen.
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
5 Feb 07
That is an interesting thought but something that I probably would not or could not do. I would worry that they might pound on me for getting on them. I would say something to get their attention.
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
6 Feb 07
I could not really envisage this happening because I would need to be at fault for everyone to ignore me. Nevertheless, if the incident did occur then I would complete the presentation to satisfy myself that I had performed my responsibilties. I would refuse to be deterred by this and would possibly extend the presentation for the hell of it. Afterwards I would feel quite happy with myself for giving the presentation and would certainly not be distressed in any manner.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I have had that happen. I decided if they didn't want to listen then I was done talking. I sat down and nobody even noticed. I then decided I would never do that again. It's the same with our Karaoke business. We can't get anyone to sing. We put on music and still get paid.
• United States
2 Feb 07
It generally means that you're not keeping your audience. Hopefully you would know how to grab them and bring them back in... even if it took something like a loud noise to bring them there. If it happens all the time, I'd definitely take some courses in presentations because it would mean I don't have the pizzazz to keep the audience and need to work on it. Sometimes keeping the audience involved, either with demonstrations that require their participation or someone helping with something is enough to keep others watching.
• United States
2 Feb 07
This happened to me before. I was tasked to handle (or substitute for) the worst class in the school because the teacher was absent. My, the kids were really so noisy and doing their own thing, not listening to what I was saying. What I did was (and what I usually do under the same circumstances) I kept quiet and just looked at them poker-faced for like 30 minutes and they finally fell a bit silent. Then, I asked them, "Are you ready to listen to me now?"
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@anwar007 (346)
• India
26 Mar 07
I would feel bad if somebody ignore me while giving a presentation, but then I would try and improve my presentation skills in order to become a better speaker. Here are some tips: 1.Practice the speech aloud at home, in front of mirror, 2. Know your topic well 3.Prepare a good ending 4. Have positive expectations You can go through this link for more tips on public speaking skills: http://www.simple-fix.blogspot.com/search/label/publick%20speaking Hope you benefit.
• India
26 Mar 07
It will be very depressing really..Just at the time at the moment i will be very upset and depressed to notice that i am being ignored..i might also decide that i wud never give any presentation in future as it is so humiliating ..but after sometime i will think over it again and wud try to find out what were my lacunae so that i can make a better presentation next time and gain attraction and notice form everyone
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I would be very offended that no one is listening to me and maybe a little bit mad too. I don't think it is fair to ignore anyone when they are presenting important information that could be useful to you too.