Beleaguered Mayor, Joe Snyder, had the perfect answer for a questioning member of his presentation audience. He had her arrested. It all happened when the Mayor of Roodhouse, Illinois was presenting with colleagues in the City Hall. We’d like to suspect that it was an arresting presentation. But the jury’s still out on that one. However, at every juncture, his audience protagonist and local resident, Terry Garner, insisted on asking a question. But what was the offence?
Apparently the Mayor had requested that questions be asked at the end of the presentation. When audience member Terry Garner persisted in asking questions during the not too arresting presentation, the Mayor had her arrested in the meeting room. A victimless crime, perhaps? Certainly the Mayor didn’t seem too upset by the questioning “assault”. But clearly the shock really was too much for him.
She was subsequently charged and required to post a bail of $100. Now, we have to say, that’s some severe penalty for asking questions in a presentation.
Perhaps the Mayor and his colleagues might want to re-examine how to take questions during a presentation. Certainly they shouldn’t arrest their audience during their presentation. It’s just not legal.
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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