But presenting information to large meetings, standing up next to a lectern or even worse, having to use a microphone is one of those things that terrifies me.
The more people the worse I am.
Then I go and agree to be on a speaking panel for a blogging seminar in a few weeks. It is being promoted as a casual affair, but with over 50 people attending I am already stressing about it.
No idea what I should wear - casual, not business, so suits are out, but it's at night so it needs to be warm - least of my worries really though. Mainly I stress that because I get so nervous I can either just talk and talk and talk or I forget the question.
Or what if I am asked a question and I don't know the answer?
What if I am so nervous that I stutter and stumble over the words?
So the question you might be wondering is why would I say yes to such a thing? Because, just like I keep telling Popps when she laces up her roller skates, you never get better at something if you don't practice. I need to get better at public speaking. I need to be able to stand up and explain concepts to people without falling apart for 24 hours beforehand so I am going to have to force myself to do it.
What are your tips for speaking to a crowd? (Please don't say imagine them all in their underwear!)
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P.S. If you are at the event please only ask me super easy questions.