I’m really good at stuff until people watch me do that stuff.

I’m mentally preparing myself to start doing school visits as an author. The notion isn’t exactly a frightening one, but it is new. I haven’t done any form of public speaking for some years. But, these are kids, and I can level with kids…that’s kind of why I write kid-friendly stories, you know?

As I sit back, thinking on what kinds of things I would say to a room full of students, I find myself wondering how I’ll react when I actually have countless little eyeballs staring at me.

I’m confident in my ability to talk to kids in a way they’ll understand. But, at the same time, I’m pretty confident in my ability to write…and yet, when someone is over my shoulder or reading from behind my back, my fingers twitch, I miss keys on the keyboard…I reflex-roundhouse in the direction of a sneeze. Nervousness kicks in. I really don’t even know why.

Something tells me I’ll be fine in schools. But, I can’t help but entertain that little, irrational fear pirouetting through my belly. I will be sure to share any massively embarrassing feats I manage, so, keep your eyes open.

But until then, tell me. How do you prepare yourself for public speaking?

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