I wasn’t born a good speaker. I didn’t even start public speaking until very late. And the beginning was rough.
My first attempts at public speaking were very scary experiences. I literally couldn’t speak for the first 5 minutes. Luckily, Maria had a trick upon her sleeve: she would pair speak with me and always go first. This way, my panic vanished and I could start babbling something on the stage.
Fortunately, after a lot of public speaking in communities and at conferences, I got over my stage fright. I think the turning moment was Agile Lean Europe Bucharest, in 2013. I pushed myself towards doing all the public speaking I could: a normal talk, taking over a cancelled speaker’s session and a lightning talk. After this experience, public speaking doesn’t scary me any more.
It was time for me to face the next challenge: being a keynote speaker.