Film director Michael Bay (his films: Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Transformers) seemed to have stage fright on Samsung’s CES 2014 press event while the presentation of Samsung´s new 105-inch UHD TV. Bay came on stage and did look instantly very uncomfortable in his situation. There was an accident with the teleprompter and it looks like Bay then tried to improvise and that didn´t work out well for him either. He apologized and left the stage immediately. Looks like he couldn´t manage the situation. He completely froze before he left the stage.
I think these things can happen if you heavily rely on technology, in this case the teleprompter. Apart from that, we all are human and if you ask me I could not speak public as well. I think that not everyone is good at it. But at the same time it is interesting how many pre-written conversations and presentations we get presented. And if there are technical issues while the presentation, thing´s can get difficult. He later wrote on his own blog:
Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.
A lot of people do now bitch about him on several blogs and web platforms. I can´t understand that. That could have happened to every one of us. Other people do support him and mention too that this just can happen. If you ask me, I would rather blame the people who do not allow the guests to talk about their passion without a transcript. The fact that those events are pre-written, that is much more awkward than what happened. I am not sure who is responsible for this decisions. It is very awkward. But there a