Red Carpet Quote — Mark Hamill

“There’s always a certain performance anxiety.  But it doesn’t matter whether it’s the Oscars or the PTA, just getting up in front of an audience, you don’t want to mess up.” — Mark Hamill.

This is my favorite quote from the 2018 Oscars Red Carpet.  Maria Menounos asked Hamill if he was presenting and if he was nervous.  This quote was his response.  She was a correspondent for Live With Kelly and Ryan. (The photo is from Power Point clip art.)

I really like this quote and the reference to the PTA.  I like how real this famous star is.  I like that no matter who you are speaking for, there are nerves and he gets that.  He was funny during the Oscars ceremony when he joked that there is a Jedi Pension Plan.

I have very much enjoyed seeing Hamill in a variety of interviews regarding Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  He has been funny, has a great perspective, knows how blessed he is, and is truly appreciative of the character of Luke Skywalker that he started playing 40 years ago.  He knows what a gift it all is and is appreciative.

What a breath of fresh air that is.  I wish that more people in the public eye could show their appreciation of their gifts rather than acting like jerks and thinking that the world owes them something.  If only more of them could be humble and willing to listen and know they are real and like the rest of us.

Public speaking does seem to be a common and real fear to many people.  I often am nervous before leading our PTO meetings or speaking out at events.  I used to be painfully shy and was a late bloomer.  In most ways, I have overcome that but not always.  Now I prepare and try to do my best.  And the more that I speak, the easier it gets.  Messing up can be a part of it but I hope to not do so.  Just like Mark Hamill.

Does public speaking make you nervous?  Do you get tongue-tied?  Any tricks you use to make it earlier?  Please share them.  Hope you have a great Tuesday!  More quotes again soon.