What a week for high profile heckling. Let's recap:
Both outbursts were on live TV. And both cases of Rude Tube won goodwill for the target, not the heckler.
Many of you have asked me over the years during presentation skills coaching how to handle an incident like this if someone rudely interrupts you during a presentation or Q&A.
As you can now plainly see, the answer is simple and straightforward:
Both of the high-profile hecklers, West and Wilson, were quick to release public apologies. Why? Peer pressure. The attention they garnered wasn't what they craved. Both thought they'd be backed up by their peers. Instead, West got booed off stage and Wilson got death stares. Both quickly backed off and apologized, hoping to save face and do damage control.
The fear that you'll be embarrassed by a rude interrupter during a presentation is real. This fear of public speaking has kept some of you away from the spotlight altogether, sadly. But now, I hope you see that the greater risk is just the opposite. It's being that guy - the rude interrupter. The incivility of ranting and raving will damage the heckler far more than it could ever hurt you.
So step up to the plate. The audience is pulling for you - not the rude interrupter.