I had a significant public speaking experience yesterday. I did a full talk in front of around 80 people at the SANS Mobile Device Security Summit in Nashville, Tennessee.
For some reason I wasn’t very nervous at all. I then did a panel with three other people, speaking ad-hoc on random questions, and I think I represented myself and my company really well.
I used to have moderate issues with speaking in public, but it appears that all these years of debating with people, and talking to customers in small to moderate groups has made it what it should be — a mostly non-event.
Basically, be confident in your content and the rest comes naturally–especially if you have a conversational style of presentation.
I even had the odd experience of having people come up and congratulate me or thank me for my talk, and then become nervous when preparing to speaking to me. It was rather surreal.
Overall, it’s quite empowering to know that public speaking is a tool that I now have. I have much to say. ::
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