That said, it can be frightening. Not too long ago I was asked to speak to our local writers' groups. I am a member of two of them, and I had read an original short story to the group in Chattanooga. There are a lot of talented writers in that one, but it wasn't too bad. Mainly because I know most of them and I was looking down at the pages, not at their faces.
I was the featured speaker for the Mentone Writers' Group in DeKalb County. It was an intimate setting, the talented writers sitting close to me. I had to make eye contact with each of them for the entire 30-minute presentation. I had my notes ready, visual aides, funny anecdotes, and it went over really well. I wasn't nervous then, either. I explained what I knew: how to show rather than tell, plot arcs, character development, the use of POV, the use of imagery, how to use weather as a character, and the use of metaphors and similes. Afterward I sold 7 books. I left the meeting with a good feeling of a job well done.
A couple of weeks later I received an email letting me know that one of the members, who I had only met the day of the presentation, was raving to other writers about my knowledge and work ethic. Turns out, she is a retired English professor from LSU. Wow! I impressed a professor. It's been 25 years since I've done that.
The compliment made me feel really good. It's also a good thing I didn't know who she was until after the meeting. Had I known then, I would have been scared to death.