I’m preparing a talk I’m giving next week. This is not the first time I’m writing about public speaking, but I wanted to point out a specific, particularly scary and useful thing today: it is super important to practice what you’re going to say. I was putting it off past week, but I had to do it today (Saturday) in order to make my schedule. Presenting one on one (Joàn, my wife, was my audience) is probably one of the scariest things on earth. But I know for a fact that it helps me to improve the story and give a better talk next week.
If you want to grow, get in there head first. Scary? Yes. But absolutely worth it.