No doubt you’ve seen the video with the kids interrupting dad’s live BBC interview.
As hilarious as it is, the video of Professor Robert Kelly’s kids interrupting him, highlights three important communication principles every new communicator ought to be aware of in nearly all formal communication situations.
So preplan your communication situation well. Every presenter/communicator knows that when you’re presenting, technical glitches will abound. It’s inevitable. So, as communicators, we need always prepare for the worse. Meaning, we need to practice the art of pre-crisis planing. Before a live interview, before preparing a video or live cast, prepare a checklist of things that could, might, may go wrong. Create contingencies for each of the possible crises. In so doing, we can help prepare ourselves to deliver expertly despite life’s unexpected “comedy”.
Another great tip, all professional presenters should be ready to present their sales pitch, briefing, tech-talk without powerpoint or the necessary technology . If you can’t give the essence of your speech without your tech, then don’t give the talk. Be prepared for what could happen and have your alternative actions planned. And keep smiling always. Because mistakes…oddities…Murphy’s Law…will happen.
People Talk & Judgements Result.
People talk about your communication. They react. In funny uncontrollable situations like this, you need to remember that there really is only one thing you can control. You’re communication. So, learn to accept the inevitable. Remember to always smile. And no matter what happens….do your best to always stay on point.
The hero of the video isn’t remembered for his words. The internet is awash in stories and tweets related to the video, but thankfully most have been kind. Some have not. People have criticized the man for pushing his kid away instead of taking her up on his lap, of being a cold grumpy papa instead of warm cuddly daddy. People have called his wife “the nanny” out of stereotypical reactions. Others have made judgements about how she looked emotionally abused. Some have called her abusive for yanking the oldest child’s arm. There have even been parodies:
That mom bust in rhe interview like pic.twitter.com/Lr4ZJkQYAJ
— Kevín (@KevOnStage) March 11, 2017
Regardless, Professor Kelly remains quiet and calm as the waves begin to die down. Gracefully, he’ll likely exit stage left without a hitch. What’s more, given the nature of the video and it’s global reach, he might even find himself in a better position later on.
Some folks, however, lose their situation. Some turn into tragedy: Case In Point…
Do your best to stay on point when communicating regardless of what happens. If you can’t, then at least stay graceful.
Your Background Says More About Your Than You’d Probably Care To Know.
Our hero has a bookshelf, maps, and unnaturally placed books on the bed.
All are designed to deliver an image of intelligence. But, the books on the bed are ridiculous. They communicated a sad attempt to appear intelligent and well informed, as if being chosen to appear on BBC wasn’t enough Luckily, his children and wife saved the day. Without them, the interview would have faded into obscurity.
Key Take Away: communicators in all communication situations need to be highly aware of their background. Although this means both physical and biographical background, I mean here only physical. When filming or doing a camera interview, books are always good. But they should be in a bookcase only. None of this superficially placed nonsense. Bare backgrounds or maps are also good. But overall, keep it simple. Like the uncontrollable judgments that can result from our communication, background quirks can distract listeners from clearly hearing your message, and ultimately result in a completely unplanned and uncontrolled response from your audience. In short…plan your background well….or they’ll walk all over you.
The world is better for having had this video enter into global consciousness. Kids Interrupting Dad helps us all remember that life is not that serious, shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and that family is awesome! As well, communicators are better off for having had this video enter our consciousness, because it perfectly displays three considerations every communicator ought to think on before any communication situation.
All for now. Peace!
- The Best Analysis of The Video
When your kids interrupt a very important interview! Ignoring them only makes the situation worse! pic.twitter.com/tD65XlpApW
— Dr Irfan Malik (@dr_irfanmalik) March 10, 2017