I enjoy public speaking. I am very thankful to James for years of gentle cajoling to get me on stage at the WordPress Melbourne meetup.
I’ve realised the audience is at a meetup or conference to enjoy themselves, they’re on the speaker’s side and they want them to do well.
The audience will forgive a speaker stumbling over a sentence or fudging a line because the audience wants to learn from the speaker.
I still get very nervous and need to sit quietly before a talk but knowing the audience is looking to have fun does help settle the nerves.