I’ve done some whoppers! Having conducted Kidz Blitz Live and FX Live events for seventeen years in many of the largest churches in America, I have had some embarrassing moments. Sometimes things go wacko. When that happens, it is helpful to know how to handle it.
Here are some of my most embarrassing moments.
- I once selected a girl for the jump rope game with no arms. Before she got to the stage I had her wait on the front row. I then selected her for another game that didn’t involve the use of arms.
- A boy suspended in the harness yelled out, “It’s crushing my balls!”
- I conducted an entire FX Live event with a big rip in the seat of my pants. They told me after the event was over.
- Two large plastic, lighted columns over heated and melted. They slumped over just as the event concluded.
- One adult in a harness blurted out, “I gotta pee!” We released her and she fled the auditorium.
Here are some suggestions for surviving an onstage embarrassment.
- Do NOT try to cover it up if it is already obvious.
- Do NOT look rattled or frustrated. The audience will respond to the way you act.
- Incorporate it into what is happening, if possible. When the boy in the harness complained about the discomfort of his private parts I responded with, “OK, we just lost our PG rating.” Another time after something similar I said, “Billy, did you know this is a FAMILY event?”
- Laugh about it. You have to make it clear that YOU think it is funny.
- Make a BIGGER deal out of it than it already is. Announce what just happened. The old adage is that you “hang a flag on it.” You may be embarrassed, but the crowd will love it.
- Forget it and move on.