— 20 February 2006 —
Found a funny video via the local Apple store clipping the “when things go wrong” aspects of many of Steve Jobs’ presentations over the past few years.
Having been on stage a number of times, I can say I’ve reacted the gamut of ways. Total freeze. Anger. Roll with it. The latter is always best because in the end, no matter how much you have rehearsed to get things right there is one truth: the audience is there to have a good time. Looking at them as if they will provide you with your next sentence is not a good way to keep them entertained.
So I watched this video with a little “I’ve been there.” It’s funny because of what happens, and it’s funny because it makes you realize that yes, Steve Jobs is human.