Public speaking can be terrifying. I remember my hands shaking as I gave a prepared speech in the seventh grade. My notes were visibly moving and showing my nervousness in the front of the class. Two boys in the front row were trying hard not to laugh.
Thankfully that experience feels like a lifetime ago. Thanks to nudges from coworkers that boosted my confidence and provided me ample opportunities to develop as a speaker, I'm now comfortable presenting to audiences of nearly any size.
Over the last two years or so, I've been more intentional in helping others become more confident speakers and get experience presenting at conferences. It's been super-fun and rewarding. Barry, one of my co-presenters, wrote about his journey as a speaker. He's one of my favorite people in the world, and I'm excited to be co-presenting with him again soon at Agile Arizona.