It can be daunting, speaking at horse expos. Will there be 200 or 20 or 2 people in the audience? Presenting at 3 equine events this spring – the Can Am Expo, the Atlantic Horse Fair and the Centre Wellington Equine Trade show, I realized that the numbers of behinds in the seats can go up and down like a posting trot.
And we can’t let public opinion get to us either way, can we? I can’t bask in the favour of standing room only and a line-up of questions afterward or get down on myself if people leave to get a hot dog just before I’m about to make my main point!
This helps me gain perspective in the cycle of public opinion:
- Don’t let the applause get to my head.
- Be grateful for the many: when the hearers connect with what I say, and thankful when they tell me so.
- Deliver my material with enthusiasm and excellence for the few. Notice and value every hearer
- Remember I ultimately have an audience of one. I know God sees and appreciates when I do my best and remain teachable.