I am getting a little amped up about this event. I've sent off a draft of my speech for approval and am waiting to hear back about the tweaks I need to make.
I think it would interest any students I have had in Intro. to Public Speaking to know that I still get nervous when I speak. Whether it is for The Book Shelf, a demonstration for my students, in a church, running a workshop, or in front of the estimated 150 people we hope to see next week, I get a little edgy. In fact, I would feel greater fear if I didn't feel at least a little rush of anxiety. Here is what will likely happen: I will read and re-read, talk out loud and pace, and then read some more, make my final changes, and then come Wednesday, I will go for it. I will stop eating about two hours prior to the event, use the bathroom multiple times and have a water bottle nearby. The days of fretting will be over in 5 minutes. The next speaker will go, there will be (hopefully) raucous cheering, and little Winona will begin to make their place in this state-wide effort to oppose the amendment defining marriage.
I am but a tiny part of something I think is a big deal. So my job is to keep my nerves tiny, too. Wish me luck!