Everybody loves a verbal train wreck! Especially from someone we’re putting on a pedestal for some other reason. How do we avoid blasting others when they have this kind of public brain melt? How do we prevent ourselves from experiencing same?
If you have made the choice to speak publicly and there’s the SLIGHTEST CHANCE that you’ll be broadcast answering a question or waxing philosophical on any topic with a potential audience I have ONE phrase of advice for you: prepare, prepare, PREPARE!
And in the event your brain shuts down right in the middle — don’t just smile winningly, for Pete’s sake — ask the interviewer to repeat the question, and buy yourself some time to get back on track.