The myth of multitasking is that we can do more than one thing at a time. In fact, when you’re “multitasking,” you’re rapidly switching back and forth between tasks. Similar to the principle in physics that two objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time, we can’t focus on multiple tasks simultaneously.
And that’s good news!
If you’re focusing on connecting with your audience, you’re not worrying about how nervous you are.
If you’re using your energy to lift the room, you’re not using it to judge your own performance.
If you’re thinking about how to make the person you’re talking to feel supported, you’re not worrying about saying the wrong thing.
When our task is to communicate, it serves us, and our audience, to do one thing at a time.
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