Once you have built up your presenting skills and confidence enough to try to step up to present at a formal conference, like SQL Saturday. If you have no already done so, this may be a good time to find an experienced presenter who can help you prepare for your first big public presentation. Have the mentor attend your first session and arrange in advance for them to help you out if something happens that you aren’t sure how to handle.

Everyone gets stumped by a question or gets challenged by someone that doesn’t agree with them from time to time. Your natural instinct in these situations may not always be the best way to handle a situation where you don't know the answer or are challenged. There is absolutely no reason anyone should have to go into their first presentation alone, and the experienced presenters were all in your shoes one day and it is easy to find one that is willing to help you out.