Oscars: Moana’s Performance (The Show Must Go On).

Singers are some of the greatest public speakers when you think about it. They perform in front of millions of onlookers regardless of distractions, malfunctions, and mishaps.


‘Moana’ Oscars Performance Video 2017 – Watch Auli’i Cravalho Sing ‘How Far I’ll Go’ Image Credit: JustJared.com

Auli’i Cravalho, the 16-year singer and voice of Moana, sang “How Far I’ll Go” at the Oscars on February 27, 2016.

Cravalho’s performance was stunning with a flurry of choreographed blue flags waving in the background. The flags complimented the song beautifully but there was a point during Cravalho’s performance when a flag twirler accidentally hit the top of her head.

Luckily, this didn’t phase her enough to halt her singing. In fact, Cravalho finished her performance, barely batting an eyelash, and was met with applause from the audience.

If you haven’t watched the video of her performance, click the video below:

If you skip to 3:17 you can see how she flinches briefly before powering through her solo. Many performers, as well as public speakers, have had distractions, malfunctions, and mishaps that they’ve experienced. The difference is whether or not the audience notices enough to care about the hiccup.

According to Trish Springsteen, in an article about what to do when your mind goes blank during a speech, she said,

“Don’t apologize or draw attention to the fact that you have had a momentary lapse. The audience will never know. Nor will they know what you were going to say so if you pick up your presentation and have left out a bit they will not know.  As you get back into the flow you may remember what you were going to say or realize that you want to add something – just slot it into your next point and continue.”

Making your mistakes obvious and apparent to the audience will distract from the message you’re trying to deliver. More often than not, what seems like a huge mistake to the speaker isn’t even recognized by the audience because they don’t know the speech you’re delivering word-for-word. Only you do.

Over 74% of people suffer from glossophobia – fear of public speaking – which can cause certain hindrances during a speech. Business Insider lists 13  mistakes most commonly made by those who fear public speaking. Check them out and see if you make these mistakes. Recognizing your nervous tics can help you work on moving forward toward a great performance.

Share your distraction, malfunction, or mishap with me on Twitter @cayla_redlon

Warmest Regards & Mahalo


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