Anything is possible. More often than not the unlikely becomes the likely. That guy Murphy comes to mind.
Not long ago I spoke in Phoenix. I was an unknown, a newbie to this particular group.
My speaking slot was right behind the best and most popular veteran speaker on the program.
My last cruise ship speaking gig was a similar scenario. The other speaker was a veteran of dozens of cruises. Me? Much less.
Both scenarios were recipes for intimidation, for timidity.
What to do? Trust my preparation.
I knew that I had something to share. I knew the audience would be interested in my topic. I knew that I could deliver the goods in my topic. I knew that I would give my listeners more than they bargained for. I knew the audience would enjoy my visuals. I knew the audience would be educated. I knew the audience would be motivated. I knew I was prepared.
I don’t get intimidated easily and neither of these occasions did it.
Rather, when I got done I could hear my listeners think, “Gee, this guy should have been the main attraction, not the other.”
Let’s take the Boy Scout motto to another level. Not “Be Prepared.” But – “Trust Your Preparation.”