I’m pretty pumped up to let you know that I have the pleasure of speaking at the Digital Marketing Strategies Conference coming up on May 23, 2016 in Napa Valley, California.
While I’m excited for the opportunity to do some public speaking, I have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little rusty as it’s almost been a year since the last time I presented to an audience.
Between you and me, I’m starting feeling a little anxious about the whole thing. It’s not because I’m afraid of crowds or don’t know what I’m doing. It’s just natural for a speaker to experience some anxiety prior to giving a presentation.
When I talk about anxiety in public speaking, there two different types:
The first is the anxiety of putting together a well rounded presentation that engages, educates and entertains an audience. This makes sense because you want to give a great presentation which represents yourself and/or the company you are presenting on behalf of.
For me this type of anxiety usually kicks in 2-3 months before the speaking engagement, and then quickly goes away as I begin working in earnest on my presentation.
The second form of anxiety shows up the hours and minutes prior to taking the stage to address the audience.