The worst of my fears never came to pass, but those preparations served me well. Unless you’re a herbal performer, don’t plan on just going up there and winging it. Get tips from chums who have expertise being on stage, either as actors or public audio system. Do a dress rehearsal in front of your boyfriend or your goldfish. It will really help get the nerves out. Contrary to what I anticipated, the specific learning from my book soon became the least entertaining part of most events for me and, I suspect, the viewers.