A Bit Nerve-Racking
Anybody who has been through a performance contest knows that it’s a bit nerve-racking to wait through twenty or thirty people before it’s your turn. My biggest worry was that I would get distracted and lose my train of thought, as I have a horrible memory. But I finally got called up and made a big dealing out of shooing the MC off my stage, because I wanted the audience to be chuckling before I started.
I spent a second or two grinning at the crowd, and then started my line, “How many of you have watched the Twilight movies?” and got a nice roar. Couldn’t believe how steady my voice was. Years before, I’d volunteered at the church I was attending to give talks for Mother’s Day, Veteran’s Day, etc. Every time, I was so pumped full of adrenalin, the knees would shake so hard you could hear them, and for the first few minutes, the voice would quiver like a violin string on speed. I’d make the pastor promise to drag me behind the choir loft if I fainted, and the chuckle I got out of that one calmed me down a little.
But up on that stage, my voice (and my knees) were rock solid; not a sign of nerves. I wasn’t at all scared, I was happy and having a great time with the crowd.