Getting there is hard.
For some reason I get kind of anxious when I’m about to give a presentation. I say “for some reason”, but obviously it’s just the nerves acting up. I say “just”, but it can actually get quite bad. Not unmanageable, but still bad. And yet, when I’m finally standing there, in front of my audience, and I’ve finished my introduction, it feels a lot closer to smooth sailing than I had expected.
Sure, my mind and mouth move a tad too quickly, and I still have trouble controlling that, but it beats stumbling and faltering. The speed causes me to accidentally skip over some details, but if I present myself with confidence, who can really tell?
I think that’s a big contributor to both giving good presentations, and feeling good about it yourself. In the time leading up to an “event” like that, you have all the resources available for contemplation and worry. Once you’re on the spot though, you just have to have blind faith in yourself and do it, because that’s what you need to devote all your resources to.
At least that’s what it feels like to me.