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Question about rituals and sermons
Something I always struggle with in either performing a ritual or giving a speech is timing. Obviously, I have everything prepared in advance, ready to copy/past as necessary - but I can never get the amount of time between messages right.
I've tried reading the text aloud, but it always seems to go too quickly. If I make a conscious effort to slow down, it feels like I'm standing there not doing anything for ages, and dragging it out unnecessarily. Even if I go at what I think is a reasonable speed, I always look back and find that it was over in about five minutes.
Basically, I stress about it for weeks, then rush it at the time, finish too early, and the result is a disappointing anticlimax for everyone. Any tips?
I've tried breathing exercises and thinking of Margaret Thatcher, but Oh wait, that's my other problem.