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What if you were asked to throw the first pitch at a baseball game? This is an honor that very few people get to experience. The lucky pitcher experiences a variety of emotions.

First, there is the combination of nervousness and fear. Even if he played some baseball as a child, he had no way of knowing that when he grew up, he would get to do this. He worries about what will happen when he pitches. Will he stumble? Will he sneeze and drop the ball on the ground in front of him? Will he be startled by something, such as a loud noise or a bee landing on him, and drop the ball? He has one chance, and he will not get a do-over. He cannot mess this up. The pitch has to be perfect, because he does not want to be laughed at. He knows that if he makes a mistake, people will likely forget everything that he has ever done or said. They will remember his mistake. It will be broadcast on the Internet, it will get many hits, and he will forever be embarrassed.

Second, there is pride. He was selected to pitch. This is a moment that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Have you had an experience like this? You may not have thrown the first pitch at a baseball game, but perhaps you had another memorable experience, a time when the spotlight was on you and you wanted everything to be perfect. It may have been your high school or college graduation or your wedding, for instance.

There will likely be many more experiences throughout your life when you will be the star of the show. You may be asked to speak at a company function, for example. Your company will have asked you to speak because they value your expertise.

Prepare for the event. Type your speech so that it will be easy to read. Then, take a slow deep breath to help you calm down. Stand in front of a mirror and practice your speech. Pay attention to how fast or slow you talk. Speak clearly, and do not speak in a monotone. Monotone speaking tends to put people to sleep. Look at the audience during your presentation.

Some nervousness is normal during situations like this. Do not allow the nervousness to spoil the moment, however, because this moment will never come again. This is your moment. Live it. Enjoy it.


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