I have to give a presentation to my editing class on Monday about some aspect of language or publishing. I decided to talk about erotica, because I'm a slackarse and didn't want to research something I didn't know.
I volunteered to do the first presentation. People think I'm brave but it's not that. I want to get this out of the way so I can skip some classes and go to running training instead... shhhh!
Once I'd get all nervous and flustered about doing something like this. I hated any kind of public speaking and that wasn't helped when I did my business degree. We had to a group assignment on an industry and then look at their financial systems. Riveting stuff, huh? But it gets worse - our group got given bitumen. Oh yeah. Now that's a glam industry to research.
To make it even worse, we had to go out and interview someone from the industry then, as a courtesy, invite them to the talk. Our lecturer said the industry people never actually come to the talk. Well our guy was passionate about bitumen in a way that was most unhealthy. And he came to the talk. And he questioned us about it. In detail.
If I can survive talking for 5 minutes about bitumen, I reckon talking about something fun like erotica is a breeze. Plus I have my golden, confidence building rule for talking - just remember no one is actually listening to you anyway.