As I've mentioned before on Steemit, public speaking still does not come easily to me, despite nearly a decade of experience—participating in International, literary festivals throughout the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
One thing I've found that helps with my anxiety, as well as my performance, is practice, practice, practice. I will not say that reading my poetry to a room of strangers ever feels natural, but it calms my nerve somewhat knowing my material, inside out.
Below, is a home video (courtesy of my patient, indulgent wife, @dianarpo) where I am rehearsing at home for an event in a bookstore.
If you enjoy the aphorisms I read, you can find them in my new book, Where Epics Fail, now, available from my publisher