Murphy's Law states that whatever can go wrong, does. This is true even when you speak. The good news is that knowing what might go wrong ahead of time will help you to know how to handle it.

If Murphy does shows up on the scene, never let your audience see you sweat! Never apologize when something goes wrong, and never make excuses.

On a recent episode of America's Got Talent, one of the acts were two young children about ten or eleven years old. They started dancing on stairs, and guess what? The little girl fell. Seconds later she got up and performed as if nothing happened. At the end of their performance the judges asked her, "Are you okay, honey? Are you hurt?" At that moment she started to cry. Until then she was a trooper and never let anyone see her sweat.

This is a perfect example of what to do as a performer and speaker. Here are five possibilities of things that can go wrong, and how to handle them with grace and ease...