This Thursday I am speaking at the RTP 180 Social Media event in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have already begun my prep work, which mainly involves experiencing the kind of fear and nervousness that would only be appropriate for someone trying cliff diving for the first time. Even though I usually enjoy myself during speeches and afterward I am happy I did it, I have yet to find a way to be relaxed about speaking events beforehand. Although the event is two days away, I have already built up enough stomach acid to burn through a diesel engine. There is a reason my clients work on stage and I work behind the scenes.