One of the things I have become so much better at in the past few years is speaking in public. I remember when I used to sit there, knowing my part was coming up getting more nervous. At this point my heart rate would increase, my face would go red, and I would really worry about how the talk is going to be perceived.
In the last year public speaking has become such an integral part of my life. At least once a week I have to present to stakeholders, technological specialist, commissioners and providers to inform them of work I have been doing and help them understand it. The key to success as you may have read somewhere else is to know your subject. I cannot emphasise how important this is, it will ensure the confidence in what you are saying is there, this is obviously much easier if you are presenting your own thoughts and work.
Imagine yourself opening with such a strong and convincing start, no matter what you do you are now in control. Even if there is a challenge (and there will be) then you accept it, learn and remember how to navigate a similar issue next time, remember to write down the resistance and address it ready for next time around. It takes a brave person to challenge someone, especially someone who practices all the time.
Remember there is a difference between delivering a good presentation and everybody agreeing with you, it makes so much more sense to be able to handle conflict of opinion right up front. Try recording yourself too and watching it back, we all hate the sound of our own voice (well maybe not everyone), but you just have to get over it, the value you get from watching yourself far outweighs the embarrassment of your voice. If you don’t have video recording capabilities then use a screen recorder and your inbuilt mic on your laptop.