Have you ever read anything out loud? How should it be done?
Should you look at the audience above your shaking script, peer through the spotlight at them?
Should you expect applause?
Should you pretend you are someone else for 5 minutes, transpose your body into the remembered body of a confident speaker?
Should you attempt a smile?*
I lecture for a living and so I’m very used to speaking in front of an audience though last night I found it wholly different to read out my creative writing – the nerves are quite wonderful – to give a little more of yourself than you normally would…wonderful. Give it a go and enjoy the ‘thump’, ‘thump’, ‘thump’ in your heart.