Public speaking has long been an important part of getting your writing out there. Charles Dickens spent years touring and performing his work. Public speaking doesn’t come easily to everyone, though. Some of us enjoy it, whilst others are petrified at the mere idea of it.
I have to admit, I love public speaking. I get a huge adrenaline rush from it. It still petrifies me though, especially if I’m reading my own work. I don’t like the idea of all those people staring at me, nor do I like the sound of my own voice (despite having done radio), but I love talking and expressing myself. That’s what public speaking is all about for me: it’s another art form and way to get myself heard.