My very first time was back in 1993.
I did it a few more times, and I was fine...(actually it was preaching).
Since then, I do it once a month, and no problems...in fact I love it.
I'm not at the point of addressing more than a 100 people, but who knows maybe one day :) would be cool.
Yes I have done it so many times that I don't find it difficult speaking on a stage to people any more. However, talking to a large group of school children is a whole different ball game. I will continue to do my public speaking "gigs" as long as I have the chance to do them.
I've done presentations at school and university, and I also gave a poetry reading. I really hate public speaking, and avoid it where possible. When I'm up there, I usually try to forget that people are watching.
Yes, I was even in Toastmasters for a while. It was a lot of fun as you get to learn and give speeches every week while listening to more experienced speakers. I would recommend it for people wanting to learn the art of public speaking.
I did it when I was in my late teens then into my 20s in plays then. Then I did things for charity and went to the charities special afternoon where I addressed around 250 people. Then I did solo entertainment esp for children and now I belong to a charity where each month I address 50 plus ladies and introduce dinner speakers then at the end thank them. I actually love it. Just Monday past this week my President congratulated me and said I was born into this job.
The key at any time is to know your subject quite well or know enough about it. On a small sheet of paper write 1. 2. 3. No 1, is setting the subject so people know what's in store. 2. Is the body and "guts" of your talk/speech and 3. Is the conclusion. Keep it interesting, warm, honest,add some simple humour even if you send yourself up a bit and don't go on and on or you lose ppl s attention. The more you do it the better you get and don't forget to smile and use eye contact.
If you become proficient you might get asked elsewhere, you might get paid and you might use your skills to raise money for charity or you might become one of the most inspirational speakers around. Even those speakers started somewhere and we're probably very nervous too.