47 Everyone Makes Mistakes: Watch These Speaker Blunders

Lynn Meade


There are so many helpful videos and activities that I want to share with you so I decided to create this overflow section.  Whether you are a student wanting to know more, a business person looking for insights, or a teacher looking for classroom ideas, these extra activities and resources are here for you.


Here are some videos of people making Public Speaking Blunders……..

What’s the point? 

The point is that everyone makes mistakes. If you do public speaking, you will make a mistake; it is just a matter of time. If you mess up, don’t let it ruin your life or your speech, just keep going. Stop worrying if you will make a mistake. I guarantee you will. You will make a mistake–stop demanding that the only path to success is one where you are perfect.  I once had a boss tell me that no one remembers how you messed up, they just remember how you recovered.  So, plan on recovering well.
I hope that you mess up at least once so that you will learn many things…
  • You’ll learn that you won’t “die” if you make a mistake.
  • You’ll learn to recover well.
  • You’ll learn that life can really be kind of funny and it’s good to laugh every now and then even if it is laughing at yourself.
  • You’ll learn that perfect life is a boring life.  I hope you mess up so you have funny stories to tell to friends and family.

When it comes to public speaking, it is a matter of putting things into perspective. Let’s watch these funny speech blunders and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

I didn’t create any of these videos so I’m not trying to make any political statements with them. I am trying to be balanced by showing you mistakes from a variety of politicians and a variety of speaker types.


CBS (2009). Eight Years of ‘Bushisms’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AioJbNL1JS8


ABC News (2016). Rick Perry’s Oops Moment at the 2011 Presidential Debate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN8uFJz9gTk


On-Demand News (2020). President Donald Trump’s most epic gaffes of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MyLwAokINc

On Demand News. (2020). Joe Biden’s Most Awkward Gaffes of All Time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_wlQZ5N_2k&t=25s


On Demand News (2012). Mitt Romney introduces Paul Ryan as ‘next president’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2llJ8fW1Bk


Hanson, Wl (2011). President Obama’s Royal Protocol Gaffe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NcafckoUZA


The Buzzer (2015). Bret Bielema made a hilarious mistake when talking about his wife after win. https://youtu.be/vkqAJa-hP6M


BlazerGrad88 (2006). Preacher’s slip of the tongue. https://youtu.be/nPmpUToWFpo

Iramzayl (2007). Miss Teen USA 2007–South Carolina answers a question. https://youtu.be/lj3iNxZ8Dww

UnifiedPopTheory (2013). Does Miss Iowa accidentally support recreational marijuana during Miss America 2013? https://youtu.be/g68FmuSaAFQ



Garfield, S. (2013). Miss Utah pauses to create education better. https://youtu.be/bvQzg8jY4Pw


Davidson, P.  (2011). GOP Candidate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djfDZrm9KZs Standard YouTube License.

Kelly Patricia posted in an online forum that she has students write a letter regarding what he did well and what he can work on. Great assignment idea, thanks for sharing.


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