WIDEGUY: About that arrogant thing, you`re on the money.
Even Toastmasters, in their 10 tips for successful public speaking document, has something one could say similar in essence, although more PC, that resembles your advice:
6. Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They don`t want you to fail.
Thinking of the audience as people just like you, or buddies, helps alot. In anticipation of that presentation, I visited the site the night before. After that, when in doubt, I kept visualizing that room being full of people, with a big
Buddies banner stamped on top of it. It helped.
You`re better off feeling too confident than not enough. People will always prefer a Don King to a Caspar Milquetoast on stage.