I was leading a management workshop one day when, suddenly, a huge TV fell on my head. It didn’t just fall out of nowhere. The TV was on a tall stand, which I was moving to the side when the whole thing tipped over. Not to brag, but usually you have to be about 8 years old to pull off this trick. The TV knocked me to the floor. The workshop stopped for a few minutes while I dusted myself off. I felt embarrassed. “Large objects,” I remember thinking, “should never fall on your head in the middle of a workshop.” Oh well. It’s easy to lose your balance—in presenting, and in life. The key question: how fast do you bounce back? Top fashion model, Jessica Stam, tripped while walking down a Paris runway. “I fell and got back up,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “It happens, and it’s no big deal.” Franklin Roosevelt, paralyzed from the waist down since age 39, fell while being helped to the stage at the 1936 Democratic Convention. The papers of his speech went flying. “Clean me up,” he told his aides, “and keep your feet off those damned sheets” (from “FDR,” by Jean Edward Smith). Moments later, Roosevelt was at the podium, telling a live audience of 100,000 that they had “a rendezvous with destiny.” Most hadn’t noticed his stumble. Tip: Life knocks you down. We all know that. The call is to get back up. © Copyright 2017 Paul Hellman. All rights reserved. To get these fast tips, at zero-cost, please see box on upper right.