Are you uncertain about your public speaking talents? Do you wonder if the prose you've written has enough appeal to share in a public forum?
One method of countering the wim-wams (butterflies) of public speaking is through open mic readings. In our area, there's a great reading group headed up by Western North Carolina Writers' representatives. Every third Monday our local library hosts open mic forums that provide the opportunity for writers of prose and poetry to share their work with other writers and the general public. Authors' presentations of essays and poems range from soulful and serious to downright hilarious.
You may want to give open mic reading a try. Not only does the process help you cope with any uncertainties about your written work, it could also give your self-confidence a boost—and might even help get rid of those wim-wams.