I’ve just been to a three and a half hour meeting where my team and I had to present to our wider service group. It’s always a little stressful knowing you’ll be presenting. I’m reminded of what Jerry Seinfeld said on the matter:
I saw a thing, actually a study that said speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing.
Number two, was death. Death is number two?
This means, to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.
The presentation went just fine and we had a surprise special guest speaker as a small treat afterwards. That just didn’t sound all that promising. As it turned out the speaker was knowledgeable in meditation and relaxation techniques and that seemed really timely and a nice acknowledgement from our director that we’re working hard and deserve to unstress a bit.
He spoke thoughtfully and with purpose and gave us some really easy techniques to become grounded and present. I know that by the time he had finished speaking everyone was enjoying the sensation of being much more centred and calm.
And then when he asked if there were any questions he received this one: