I’ve been a public speaker for more than 20 years, and a competitive dancer with my wife for at least 10. Whether I’m in front of 3,000 people, or just 3, I still get nervous.
When I was 20 years old I was standing back stage pacing vigorously before giving an hour long presentation for an all school assembly for Naperville North High School, which at the time had about 2,500 students. To add a little more pressure, this was the same high school where I had just graduated a couple of years prior, so I knew a lot of the kids in there…and most of the teachers too because my dad was the Principal! Talk about pressure!