Speaking at a major conference is a daunting prospect, even for the most accomplished speakers. I had always wanted to participate at a major conference such as SES, SMX, BrightonSEO but never thought I had enough case studies or was well known enough in the industry to be able to stand up in front of a large group and present my ideas in a coherent manner. I had, however, read a lot of posts about public speaking, including those by fellow State of Search blogger, Hannah Smith and founder of State of Search Bas. However, in January this year, I decided to take the plunge and register to speak at SES NY.
As with any presentation, preparation is the most important thing. You cannot expect to have a few ideas in your head and then get up and speak clearly and coherently about a topic without having rehearsed it thoroughly.