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.
Trust Your Preparation
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.
Don’t Get Intimidated
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.”