As a magician, I have been making things disappear for a very long time, but the hardest thing for me to vanish was my fear of speaking or performing for large groups.
I was absolutely terrified as a young man to stand up in front of a large group of people and speak or present. It was especially terrifying if that group of people happened to be my peers or fellow magicians. I know as an insurance agent you are often asked to speak in less than ideal circumstances to less than ideal groups. And you may be asked to present on products that might not be your favorite option.
Well, I have been there and I can help you out because I have been put in this position many many times. Imagine standing in front of a group of magicians to present a magic trick and knowing that each and everyone of them knows your trick, knows about misdirection, knows everything you are about to do. I overcame that fear and I have three tricks that you can do to make your next public speaking engagement a little easier.
1. Do your pre-sets and double check them!
Before a magician walks on stage he does something called pre-sets it may sound complicated or mysterious but it’s not. A good magician knows exactly what tricks he is going to do and in what order he is going to do them he has also carefully rehearsed everything he is going to say.
So, if you were sitting backstage before this guy goes on you would see him double checking every prop to make sure it is ready to go. Possibly rehearsing choreographed movements and practicing key moments of speech in his presentation.
For me, this is incredibly relaxing and it helps to fade away any jitters I might have going into my presentation. Knowing that everything has been checked and double checked is very reassuring.