Remember the song, “Do You Believe in Magic?” by the Lovin’ Spoonful? Do you believe in magic? I do. I have come to see “coincidences” as magic. Here are three examples from my world of public speaking:
- As I’m telling a story, I’m trying to remember the name of comedian Eddie Izzard. Someone in the audience says, “Do you mean Eddie Izzard?” OMG. Magic.
- I’m talking about what a speaker should do if someone suddenly enters the room. Right then, someone did. Everyone roared with laughter to the enormous consternation of the newcomer. Magic.
- I divide a large group into five teams and tell them to come up with a speaking topic for practice purposes. EACH group chose “travel.” Magic.
I think magic is essential for creating a sense of wonder and awe in how we fit into the world around us. Be open to it and you’ll experience it.