My best friend got married on Saturday and while the entire weekend was a blast, the bride was GORGEOUS, and we had fun at every turn, a little thought kept niggling at me:
You have to write a speech. You have to write a speech.
And even worse:
You have to GIVE a speech. You have to GIVE a speech. With a microphone and everything.
I haven’t talked about it much here, but I get a wee bit nervous in front of crowds. Plop me in the middle of four or five friends and I’ll entertain you all night, but multiply that number by a couple dozen and my extremities begin to tremble.
Add to that the pressure I felt as a writer, and let’s just say I chugged a couple glasses of wine before the best man handed me the microphone. It went fine, people laughed in at least one place that I had planned for a laugh (there may have been more laughter but I’ve blacked it all out… even after watching it on video), and I stopped shaking about half an hour later.
What do you do to calm your nerves?