I, too, have been doing it for most of life...since the age of 19 or 20 when I had a closed-circuit radio show.
Public speaking was integral to my career-job.
I was very good at it, particularly extemporaneously.
I never prepared a speech. The one time I did, for class lecture in a course our agency had underwritten at Penn State, was the worst job-related presentation I ever did.
Today, I dread it, though I still do it.
Often when I speak about identity for African American-Americans, I get too emotionally involved...that's very embarassing.
But I still do it.
Right now I am the only I know who speaks positively to the issue.
Got to do it.